Hi guys and girls

we have been working on a few large add on screens for the Furuno TZT3 , Garmin 84xx and 86xx range of MFDs and 8700 black box
Basically, we had some clients with bass boats and flybridge boats that were going out and finding that a second big mfd wasn’t in their budget.. or that a smaller screen wasn’t suiting their eyes as they got older

for ages, we have been running displays off mfs “mostly to TVs in large saloons or sportfishing yachts for… fun basically”
but we wanted to bring a touch screen element to the party.

So we wanted a touch screen monitor that would meet or exceed Garmin and Furunos specifications to be used in 2nd helm/fishing locations

we came out with a 17.3″ a 18.5″ and a 24″

We understand that these are big and not for everyone. nor is it the first of its kind. but we haven’t been able to find many that hit these levels of quality. but it’s just an option

So some numbers

The screens are Full HD 1920×1080 resolution
IPS in-plane switching for viewing angles and polarised sunglasses
1500nitts brightness for view-ability in sunlight (exceeding Garmin 1200)
10 point multi-touch (not that it matters much for the Garmin operating system, which is a maximum of 2 point touch)
1000:1 contrast ratio
IP67 weatherproof with waterproof mil-spec plugs for HDMI,USB,DC,VGA

We oped to use a VESA mounting pattern.. instead of a bracket… we felt this gave most amount of options for mounting footprint and allowed for the most amount of the angles
The screens are only 48mm deep with a heavy metal body for heat distribution
Membrane touch buttons on the back of the units for settings

We are always looking for feedback and suggestions 🙂



Garmin Lock Down deals – August/September 2020


Swellpro Spry + Sports drone now at Moose Marine

Moose Marine continues introducing new and exciting marine technology to the boating and outdoor community.


Swellpro Splash drone 3+ kit specials

Connecting HDMI to your Garmin GPSMap 84XX series MFD

The flagship Garmin GPSMap 84xx series head units (86xx US readers) has two HDMI ports, IN and OUT. These ports can be used to bring media into the MFD and displayed at the helm, or take the MFD display and showcase it on a monitor elsewhere. So we thought we would just list some scenarios of how you can benefit from connecting to these two ports

Firstly, whilst any standard size HDMI cable will connect to the head unit, Garmin themselves produce their own 15ft cable complete with a waterproof screw lockdown to retain IP standards.
Part number 010-12390-20

HDMI Cable (GPSMAP® 8400/8600)

Connecting a laptop or video out feed from your smartphone or tablet, Media pc or even game console to this HDMI in will then utilize the GPSMAP as a HD monitor. The Garmin also has a built-in HDMI audio splitter. By using the Garmin NMEA0813/AUDIO cable and connecting it to the green Audio plug, Sound from the HDMI source can be then directed to the AUX input of a compatible Fusion unit. As an added benefit to installing the audio cable, You can opt to have system alerts and alarms “shallow water, low voltage etc” broadcasted over your sound system with a human voice. So instead of just hearing a beeping off in the distance when you are sleeping, you can hear a voice alerting you that you have come adrift and your anchor is slipping.

Part number: 010-12852-00
NMEA 0183 with Audio Cable

There area few decent USB-MICRO C to HDMI adaptors or Apple to HDMI adaptors that plug straight in with no issues. It may be prudent to install a flush mount HDMI connector to the helm to allow easier access.


Using the HDMI out allows you to monitor what’s on your MFD on a larger TV screen elsewhere on the boat. Consider if you had a flybridge sports fishing vessel or larger cruiser and wanted to have your sonar displayed downstairs for your friends or crew to monitor, Or sit in your stateroom and check out your surroundings from your radar.
In a way this allows you to have a  considerably larger screen for small screen money. You could utilize a Garmin remote to give you two-way functionality.
GRID™ (Garmin Remote Input Device)GRID™ 20Wireless Remote Control (GPSMAP® series)

Grid 10 Ethernet remote                             GRID20 NMEA2K remote                                           Wireless GPSMAP remote
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USB fun

The GPSMap 84xx 86xx series also includes a micro USB port.
This can be used for the Garmin in-dash SD card reader, to give you better access to Active captain or map data.

PN: 010-02251-00
Garmin USB Card Reader

It can also facilitate the use of your Garmin touch screen to control the laptop or PC. Just like the HDMI cable, Garmin does produce its own USB accessory cable with a waterproof coupler or use the OTG USB adaptor to power a USB device. In particular a Chromecast

USB Cable (GPSMAP® 8400/8600) OTG Adapter Cable (GPSMAP® 8400/8600)

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So here is a layout that would use the entire system, TV to display your GPSMap screen to your crew, a laptop for the skipper to bring up weather data or watch sports live from their online subscription. With the audio being broadcasted through his surround sound system.

Hopefully, this just showcases some of the expanded infotainment options available to the Garmin 84XX/86XX series

Below are some videos demonstrating the processes






A size comparison between the Navico HST-WSBL transducer and AIRMAR TM150M

Here is a quick size comparison showing the popular 300w HSTWSBL transducer on the left, to the 300w TM150M.
Same power output, with a considerable size difference in the elements.
HSTWSBL is a dual frequency 83khz @ 20o and 200khz @ 60o
TM150M is a modulated CHIRP  Medium band frequency operating at 95khz to 155khz @ 17o to 26o

Jeanneau Merry Fisher 695 Series 2 boat review / Jeanneau Merry Fisher 695系列2船介绍 –

We are extremely proud and happy to work along side Jeanneau boats here in australia and certanly a lot of our clients builts have been the envy of the world. 38 South Boat Sales, Vic/SA agent for Jeanneau along with one of our early Merry Fisher clients introduce the new Series two model in the 695 class.
English video coming soon!


Tips and tricks for your Raymarine Lighthouse 3 units

Paul Cameron from Raymarine recently showed us some quick tips and tricks on how to do some of the more commonly asked tasks on their Raymarine LightHouse 3 systems, the Axiom, Axiom pro and Axiom XL
The videos will be on our youtube channel as well as here on our Moose Marine website

In this first video, Paul shows us how to add a Heading and Course over ground line on our chart screen.

Moose Marine will again be attending this year National 4X4 outdoor and fishing boating expo, From the 16th to 18th of August at the Melbourne Show Grounds.

Joining us on our stand will be Jeanneau boats with their newly released Merry Fisher Marlin 605, as well as the very awesome Raymarine Flir Demo truck.
Moose Marine will be showcasing products from Alderwood custom speakers, Boat Catch, Swinger outriggers, Hella Lights, Simarine and Sarify products.

So come down and say hi to the team and have a look at some of the best marine products available!

Johnson Outdoors introduces the new Cannon Optimum downriggers

**Press release**

Cannon® Modernizes Downrigger Technology with Connected Optimum Downrigger

RACINE, Wis., July 8, 2019 – Cannon®, long the gold standard in trolling dependability and performance, is bringing modern connected technology to the category with its new Optimum Downrigger, which will debut at the American Sportfishing Association’s International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST). The product brings the One-Boat Network to life in trolling applications and fully integrates with Humminbird® fish finders, Fish Hawk electronics, a new mobile app and other Optimum downriggers wirelessly.



The Optimum Downrigger boasts a full-color 3.5-inch display. Whether on wirelessly connected Humminbird units, on the downrigger itself or through the Cannon mobile app anglers can raise, lower and set trolling depths for the downrigger weights through the easy-to-use menu. In addition, the user will be able to read surface temperature, as well as the true depth, temperature and speed at the Fish Hawk probe. This information is critical for an angler to precisely present baits.

The potential of the One-Boat Network is fully realized in this new system, where all downrigger data can be read and downriggers can be controlled from any connected Humminbird unit in the boat. The fact that these connections are all wireless makes installation easy.

“Making reliable downriggers has always been our goal but today’s angler is looking for more connected solutions to make boat management and bait presentation more precise and efficient,” said Brad Henry, Cannon brand manager. “As we explore more ways to bring our One-Boat Network to life, connecting the downriggers to Humminbird electronics and Fish Hawk products through a wireless connection means anglers can spend less time worrying about getting their baits to run exactly as they want them to and more time catching fish.”

The new Optimum Downrigger includes the ability to network up to four other Optimum Downriggers wirelessly, simplifying the rigging process. This wireless network provides the ability to share sonar data across all units and display it on the ultra-bright screen, so you always have access to the critical trolling data you need.

The new downriggers boast 250 feet-per-minute retrieval speed, as well as the waterline zero feature which keeps the weight a set distance below the surface of the water.  Sudden stops at ascent and descent points are virtually eliminated by the Soft Stop feature.

When anglers need to cycle the depth of the bait within the water column, the new Optimum allows for presetting depth and time intervals with Depth Cycling to give bait a more natural swimming motion. The additional Bottom Tracking feature adjusts the depth of the weight to automatically keep lines and lures a set distance from the bottom, so anglers have accuracy in bait presentation.

The new Optimum Downrigger is compatible with Humminbird SOLIX® and second generation HELIX® models and will be available in the fall of 2019. Anglers can download the Cannon mobile app online or visit www.CannonDownriggers.com/Optimum for more information.


The Optimum TS Downrigger is built with stainless steel components for saltwater applications.


About Cannon

JOHNSON OUTDOORS FISHING is comprised of the Cannon®, Minn Kota® and Humminbird® brands. Cannon is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories. Minn Kota is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, as well as a complete line of shallow water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories. Humminbird is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fish finders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers, and premium cartography products.
Visit Cannon at www.CannonDownriggers.com

JOHNSON OUTDOORS is a leading global outdoor recreation company that inspires more people to experience the awe of the great outdoors with innovative, top-quality products. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft, Fishing, Diving and Camping.
Visit Johnson Outdoors at www.johnsonoutdoors.com