The software update will enable sailors with PredictWind accounts to plan routes in seconds using PredictWind data such as wind, swell, rain, cloud, isobar and air temperature information directly on a B&G chartplotter. Sailors can enter a preferred route and then receive a number of suggested optimum routes based on different weather models, times and days. Route information can be based on departures at a fixed time - good for racing yachts - or can provide multiple routes based on different departure times.
In addition to the PredictWind feature, the software update installs the following:
- With Navionics Plotter Sync, sailors can easily download the latest Navionics chart data and transfer waypoints and routes between the Navionics app and a Navionics card via wireless connectivity to the chartplotter. Additionally, waypoints and routes can be imported from the Navionics card to the waypoints/routes/trails database of both Zeus and Vulcan display families. Plotter Sync requires a subscription to the Navionics app and a Navionics mapping card with an active daily updates subscription.
- SonarChart Live helps raise awareness of shallow areas and reveals uncharted bottom features. SonarChart Live requires a Navionics mapping card with an active chart updates subscription.
- New software enhancements to both the Zeus and Vulcan range enable them to also work directly with all third-party audio equipment that conforms to the NMEA 2000 Marine Entertainment/Audio Protocol, including select equipment from audio partners, JL Audio, Infinity and Polk with more audio brands to come.