, a well known producer of navigation instrument
has surprised us with a watch! It is the Garmin Quatix
, their first marine watch intended for any kind of sailor
, yachtsman, power boater, dinghy racer or kayaker.
It does not seem so strange that Garmin
has produced a watch that is equipped with highly accurate GPS system
and refers to the first navigating marine GPS watch
. Using Garmin Quatix it is possible to load routes
and mark waypoints
or control the autopilot
from your wrist.
Advanced feature allows you to view wind speed
or water depth
if Garmin Quatix
is paired with device such as Garmin GNT 10 NMEA Transciever
, which is sold separately. The use of these two paired devices also provides an automatic Man Over Board
alert activation in case that a crewmember wearing Garmin Quatix
More experienced seafarers would benefit from built-in barometer
and tide tables
which cover over 3,400 locations so far, making the route planning a lot easier than so far. As more and more marine procedures and feature of marine devices are transferred to tablets and smartphones, the Garmin Quatix
is also compatible with Apple devices
using BlueChart mobile application or HomePort marine planning software
This more-than-just-a-watch device also combines advanced sailing tools
such as virtual start line or start countdown timer while tack assist mode provides a skipper an indication whether the vessel is getting headed or lifted, based on the optimal tack angle provided.
This product was nominated for 2013 DAME
– Design Award METS
, the prestigious award of Marine Equipment Trade Show
which took place in November 2013
. The jury was impressed by so many features and the range of use in such a small package. Surprisingly, among all its advanced features this watch actually tells time as well.
A Yacht Charter Group
can help you find a charter yacht and advise you on what to take on your sailing trip. Your sailing trip can be a great way to test everything Quatix can do.
I wish you a calm sea, a fine wind and a strong mast!