Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced quatix™, its first GPS watch designed for avid mariners, both power and sail. Quatix combines the most pivotal marine features and provides both comprehensive navigation and sailing capabilities while integrating Garmin’s industry-leading GPS technology and user-friendly interface. Quatix allows mariners the freedom to enjoy the open waters while having the most important boating information on their wrist.
“Quatix incorporates the most fundamental and critical marine data with multiple features never before seen in one individual boating watch,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “In addition to Garmin’s easy-to-use interface and wireless integration with pre-existing Garmin marine devices, quatix is a great aide for mariners of any type.”
Unlike other marine watches, quatix is the only watch available to encompass the most desirable marine features into one integrated device. Mariners can rely on quatix for multiple sets of marine datum such as tidal information, COG (course over ground), SOG (speed over ground), and VMG (velocity made good), along with alerts for speed and anchor drag. Quatix is also equipped with ABC sensors (altimeter, barometer and compass), providing mariners with real-time information regarding their environment. The built-in barometer can be used to predict weather changes, ensuring that the approaching storm conditions can be avoided. Finally, the 3-axis electronic compass provides the user’s bearing, whether in motion or not.
The quatix watch combines advanced sail racing tools for unparalleled awareness and a competitive edge during a racing competition. Quatix can easily set up a virtual starting line between two GPS waypoints. It then combines the starting line with the built-in countdown timer to calculate both distance to the line as well as desired speed and burn time available, which enables the vessel to cross the line at maximum speed at the exact starting time. Once the race has begun, the watch then switches to “tack-assist” mode and indicates whether the vessel is getting headed or lifted based on the optimal tack angle provided and makes for a more efficient and controlled sailing experience.