OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), today announced the gWind™ Wireless 2 Transducer, a new easy-to-install wind solution for masts up to 50 feet that wirelessly sends essential wind data to GNX™ Wind instruments or a compatible Garmin GPSMAP® chartplotter, eliminating the need to run wires through the mast. The gWind Wireless 2 features renowned Nexus® twin-fin technology with a three-bladed propeller, providing accurate wind speed and stable wind angle, especially in light wind conditions. It’s being announced in conjunction with a new GNX Wind Wireless Sail Pack and a GNX Wireless Wind Pack (sold separately).
“The gWind Wireless 2 is the first and only wireless wind transducer on the market that connects directly to a compatible chartplotter,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “With its easy installation and NMEA 2000 compatibility, it can be used as a standalone wind system or expanded to a full onboard network, making it easier than ever to have highly accurate wind data when and where you need it most.”
Thanks to its enhanced wireless connectivity, the gWind Wireless 2 connects wirelessly to a GNX Wind instrument, or a GPSMAP 8400/8600 or GPSMAP 7400/7600 series chartplotter; no additional black box or extra equipment required. This easy-to-install solution eliminates running cables through masts up to 50 feet. The gWind Wireless 2 features an integrated solar-charged battery system that lasts up to three years and is easily replaced.
Like all Garmin wind sensors, the new gWind Wireless 2 can be seamlessly integrated into a pre-existing system. When connected to an ANT-compatible GPSMAP chartplotter, users will also benefit from SailAssist™, a suite of advanced and easy-to-use sailing-specific features that can help users sail more effectively with on-screen laylines. Important wind data, like the new wind rose that simultaneously displays both true and apparent wind angles, is easy to see thanks to the large gauges and graphics. And for those that like to race, Pre-race Guidance provides a virtual starting line and countdown timer to make sure sailors cross the starting line at the right time.
The gWind Wireless 2 Transducer is available now for a suggested retail price of $699.99. It will also be included in the new GNX Wireless Wind Pack that will retail for $899.99 that includes the GNX Wind instrument, and the GNX Wireless Sail Pack, which adds a GNX 20 instrument and a DST 800 smart transducer, which will retail for $1599.99. For more information, visit garmin.com.
Recently, Garmin was named Manufacturer of the Year and received the honor of being the most recognized company in the marine electronics field by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Garmin’s portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology, high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing instrumentation and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use.
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.
About Garmin International Inc. Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin and GPSMAP are registered trademarks and gWind, GNX and SailAssist are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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