On the Water with Mike Kennedy: Interview at the 2014 Bermuda Big Game Classic

In January of 1784 the Spanish Brig of War, El Cazador, sailed from Spain to Mexico where it was loaded with gold and silver to aid the colony of Louisiana. But not a single piece of eight made it to the ships final destination, the port city of New Orleans. In the Gulf of Mexico, whether by storm or pirate attack, the ship sank and the Spanish fortune was lost in the Gulf of Mexico.

Now the name El Cazador (which means ‘The Hunter’ in English) lives on in the 65’ sportfishing boat captained by Mike Kennedy; patrolling from Panama to Bermuda and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the search for billfish. To help with this search, El Cazador is equipped with the Airmar CM599LM CHIRP broadband transducer.

Perfect for fishing in deep waters, the powerful CM599LM is capable of tracking bottom at incredible depths. “On my trip from North Carolina to Bermuda this year, I actually marked 13,500 feet,” recalled Mike. “It was just phenomenal!” But raw power isn’t the only advantage that the CM599LM brings.

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El Cazador on the hunt.

The medium frequency of the transducer, which operates in the range of 80-130 kHz, is perfect for spotting marlin and other gamefish. Outperforming older technologies, with crystal clear images of what lies underneath the water.

Watch the video with Mike Kennedy, Captain of El Cazador now.

To find out more about the CM599LM, visit our product page.

METS Marine Equipment Trade Show 2014

METS-2014-logoThe largest trade show in the world for marine electronics begins November 18th in Amsterdam. With over 1,300 exhibitors at this year’s METS Trade Show (from 39 different countries), there are sure to be many unique and innovative products present this year. Airmar is pleased to be a part of this exciting event, presenting our newest, innovative product offerings for the marine market.

Airmar will be exhibiting at Stand # 01.205.  This year we will be highlighting our updated line of WX WeatherStation® instruments with built in heaters. The newest WX units will soon be available with a built in 60-watt heater designed to prevent icing on the surface of the unit. WX WeatherStation® units are the premier technology for site-specific weather monitoring. It provides real-time weather data to your NMEA device, PC, and now (via the OnSite-WX app) to iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

Also on display will be Airmar’s newest line of single-band CHIRP transducers. Unlike our line of broadband CHIRP transducers this new line of CHIRP products will only cover one frequency band; covering a low, medium, or high frequency range. We are pleased to bring this innovative technology to the everyday fisherman in a low-cost, low power product.  AIRMAR’s single band CHIRP product line will give us a chance to expand the market to shallow to mid-water fisherman in salt and freshwater environments.

We hope to see you at the METS Trade Show this year!

Visit our website for information on upcoming Airmar events

On the Water with Bryce Garvey: Interview at the 2014 Bermuda Big Game Classic

Watch the interview with Bryce Garvey


The Big Game Classic is one of the largest billfishing tournaments in the world and Airmar has been participating in this great event for the past few years. At the event we were able to meet with some of the captains that fish these tournaments on a regular basis to find out what they thought about using CHIRP technology on a daily basis.

Bryce Garvey, the 15-year veteran captain of the 72’ Merritt sport boat ‘Georgie Girl’ had great things to say about his CHIRP technology system. Georgie Girl is decked out for marlin fishing and the boat is a common participant in some of the biggest tournament fishing events in both the Atlantic and Pacific. Sporting both an R509 and a CM275LH-W Bryce finds that this combination covers his needs very well.

For shallow water fishing, structure fishing and fishing in 600’ to 1000’ of water the CM275LH-W is excellent, providing detailed images of bottom structures and distinctly marking game fish. The R509 fills another roll; achieving deep water depths and providing contour lines which is perfect for the waters off of Bermuda.

fishing boat Georgie Girl

Bryce is a seasoned participant of the tournament fishing circuits, so when he says that CHIRP “the best technology I’ve seen to come out of the sport fishing industry in the past two to three years” we take that as a serious compliment.

Watch the interview with Bryce Garvey

Stay tuned next week for our interview with Mike Kennedy, Captain of El Cazador.

Airmar EMEA’s Bertrand Picarda makes the cover of Pêche en Mer

Just last week the French magazine Pêche en Mer published an article featuring Airmar EMEA’s very own Bertrand Picarda. Bertrand was invited by Christophe Botherel ( Furuno France sportfishing prostaff ) to fish for seabass with journalist Jean-Marrie Thierry. Fishing conditions were excellent, and the boaters were able to find and catch a large number of fish. Of course the trip wasn’t just about catching fish, but testing out  Airmar’s TM275LH-W CHIRP transducer.

With its 25° beamwidth across the high frequencies, the TM275LH-W CHIRP Transducer is capable of giving clear, and detailed images of what is under the boat. Differentiating baitfish from weeds, and background noise, and clearly showing larger predator fish.

Bertrand may have been there to give background information on CHIRP, and help flesh out the technical aspects of the product, but he was also able to participate in some excellent fishing, and was lucky enough to bring in the largest fish of the day that made the cover of the magazine’s front page. 

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Bertrand Picarda holds the largest catch of the trip for Pêche en Mer



Airmar Launches OnSiteWX App for Real-Time, Site-Specific Weather Data

WeatherCaster™ functionality now available on iOS devices for stationary or mobile applications

MILFORD, NH. (April 16, 2014) –AIRMAR Technology Corporation is pleased to launch the innovative OnSiteWX App for iOS devices which allows users instant access to critical weather data with the touch of a button. This new, free app brings the power of AIRMAR WeatherStation® Instruments and Smart Sensors to your Apple mobile devices. It is now possible to stream live data from your instruments over an NMEA 2000® or NMEA 0183 network with a WiFi connection to view on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

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Screenshot of data provided by an Airmar WX WeatherStation®

“We are pleased to introduce a simple, user-friendly app to view all your weather data at your location whether you’re on land or at sea,” stated Irene Robb, WeatherStation Business Development Manager at AIRMAR Technology Corporation.

The OnSiteWX app provides access to up to 30 data points. Users now have a portable reference to this data, which can be on a fixed or networked display, such as a ship’s computer. Individual or custom pages can be configured to include just the information you need, when you need it. The app also contains a demonstration mode that plays back the log of a fishing trip and will include a data logging feature in the next revision of the app.

Additional gauges for engine, fuel, and tanks are available for both single and dual engine interfaces through an in-app purchase. Currently, the app works with DMK, ShipModul, and Chetco WiFi adapters but will also be compatible with Lowrance/Simrad and Digital Yacht adapters in the next version.

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Screenshot of a custom designed screen from the new OnSiteWX App

Features include:

• Apparent Wind
• Position
• System Time
• Water Depth
• Water Temperature
• Speed Over Water
• Speed Over Ground
• COG/Magnetic North
• Heading/Magnetic North
• COG/True North
• Heading/True North
• True Wind/Magnetic North
• True Wind/True North
• True Wind
• Apparent Wind/Close-Hauled
• Air Pressure
• WeatherStation Voltage
• Battery Banks 1, 2, and 3
• Outside Temperature
• Inside Temperature
• Engine Room Temperature
• Main Cabin Temperature
• Live Well Temperature
• Bait Well Temperature
• Refrigeration Temperature
• Heating System Temperature
• Freezer Temperature
• Air Temperature
• Pitch & Roll
• Heading

The OnSiteWX app is available through the Apple App Store by searching
for “Airmar”, “WeatherStation” or “WeatherCaster” or by going to


NMEA Seminar Focuses on Award-Winning CHIRP Technology


METS Trade Show LogoMETS 2013 (Marine Equipment Trade Show) is the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international recreational marine industry. AIRMAR announced today their role as a leading presenter at the show’s ConnectFest & Educational Seminar Series presented by NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association).


AIRMAR’s seminar titled ‘CHIRP Sonar’ will focus on the company’s award-winning CHIRP broadband transducers and the revolution that has fueled the development of today’s most sophisticated echosounders. Jennifer Matsis, vice president of sales and marketing quoted, “METS is a perfect platform to showcase the latest marine innovations and NMEA’s ConnectFest will provide us with a targeted audience of customers interested in understanding the benefits of CHIRP technology.” She added, “AIRMAR’s seminar will explore the differences between traditional fishfinders and CHIRP systems, offer advice on proper transducer selection and installation, and provide an update on the latest CHIRP technology, including our company’s new Wide Beam Transducers.”


The AIRMAR seminar will take place on Wednesday, November 20th at 11:15AM in Room D203 (located in the Holland Complex entrance, stand ENT.02 – first floor). The ConnectFest and NMEA produced seminars are free admission and open to the public. To reserve your seat for the AIRMAR event, please RSVP to Jen Piper at jpiper@airmar.com by November 15th.AIRMAR Technology Corporation is also an exhibitor at METS. To experience the company’s entire product line, visit AIRMAR at Stand 01.207.

AIRMAR Expands CHIRP Product Line With Release of Wide Beam Broadband Transducers

MILFORD, NH. (October 17, 2013) – AIRMAR Technology Corporation is pleased to
announce the expansion of the company’s award-winning CHIRP broadband transducers with the introduction of a new wide beam product line offering an expanded high frequency range of 150kHz to 250kHz. “The development of our new transducers is a direct result of feedback from our customers wanting all of the benefits of CHIRP products plus wider, high frequency beam angles,” stated Jennifer Matsis, vice president of sales and marketing. “In addition to expanded bandwidth, anglers using the new wide beam transducers will achieve more than twice the coverage under the boat compared to our current high frequency CHIRP transducers,” added Matsis. All 275LH-W series models will provide a low frequency option along with the new high frequency range of 150kHz to 250kHz.

A unique property of the new wide beam transducers is that the beam width is a
constant 25 degrees across the entire frequency band. Traditionally, high frequency transducers have narrow beam widths that change with frequency. Now, in addition to providing vast bottom coverage and improved fish detection in the upper water column, AIRMAR’s new wide beam format enables echosounders with advanced digital processing to produce crisper and larger return images on the fishfinder display. The new wide beam transducers are ideal for marking bait and game fish in shallow to mid water depths of 300 – 600 feet.


Since the company’s launch of CHIRP broadband transducers less than two years ago,
most major marine electronics manufacturers have incorporated CHIRP technology into their fishfinder product lines. In addition to providing the enabling technology for CHIRP-ready fishfinders, AIRMAR’s CHIRP broadband transducers enhance fish detection on virtually all of today’s fishfinders, including many non-CHIRP machines. With the ability to adjust frequency, an echosounder with advanced digital processing can operate AIRMAR’s broadband ceramics anywhere in the entire frequency band of 28 kHz – 250kHz. “CHIRP has completely revolutionized the way professional and sport fishing enthusiasts are using technology to find fish,” Matsis quoted. AIRMAR’s new wide beam CHIRP broadband transducers will be available in several mounting options to accommodate transom, pocket, tank and thru-hull installations.


Commercial Fishing Trawler

Focus On Research & Development Will Deliver Best-in-Class Customized Products

For Immediate Release: MILFORD, NH. (October 14, 2013) – AIRMAR Technology Corporation, world leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of innovative ultrasonic transducers and sensor technology, announced today that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Marport Deep Sea Technologies’ Commercial Fishing division, a leading developer of advanced sonar technology. AIRMAR will also acquire the name “Marport” and the web domain (www.marport.com) as a part of the transaction. AIRMAR’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Matt Boucher, stated, “The integration of our ultrasonic transducers and sensor technology coupled with Marport’s Software Defined Sonar will make us the partner of choice in the commercial fishing market today and well into the future.”  The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

AIRMAR began collaborating with Marport approximately eight years ago and has a history of working together to develop products that have been successfully commercialized.  AIRMAR and Marport will continue to jointly develop new products in the same manner, but will focus heavily on bringing new products to market quickly, improving lead times for existing products, and improving distribution channels.

“Marport has spent the last 16 years engineering and developing robust products and providing excellent service to its customers worldwide,” said Óskar Axelsson, Marport Deep Sea Technologies, Executive Vice President – Sales. “We have been working successfully in partnership with AIRMAR Technology for a long time. We are looking forward to becoming a part of their comprehensive offerings and to significantly expand our commercial fishing product range and customer base.”

About Marport

Marport Deep Sea Technologies Inc. engages in the design, development, and marketing of Software Defined Sonar, a software-orientated sonar architecture and a uniquely verstile acoustic transceiver platform for various underwater sensing and communication applications. It sells its products through dealers in Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, North America, and South America.

Marport Deep Sea Technologies Inc. was founded in 1997 to develop acoustic monitoring systems for the deep sea commercial fishing fleet and has been a leading innovator in sensor solutions in that sector ever since. Marport’s R&D division will be based in Lorient, France following the acquisition.  Also included as part of the transaction, Marport’s sales and technical support offices in Reykjavik, Iceland, Vigo, Spain, and Snohomish, Washington, USA will continue to provide the same high quality customer support as they have in the past.


AIRMAR Technology Corporation is a world leader in the design and manufacture of ultrasonic sensor technology for marine and industrial applications. The Company’s product line includes advanced ultrasonic transducers, flow sensors, WeatherStation® instruments, and electronic compasses used for a wide variety of applications including fishing, navigation, meteorology, survey, level measurement, process control, and proximity sensing. Established in 1982, AIRMAR’s headquarters are located in Milford, New Hampshire, with distribution offices in Lake City, South Carolina; and Saint Malo, France. Visit the Company’s web site at www.airmar.com.

Gemeco Launches Free iOS App for Marine Installers

This week Gemeco, The US distributor of Airmar products, released an app for the iPhone. The app is designed to give tools and information to help the installers of marine transducers, and equipment from Airmar. Read the press release from Gemeco below.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LAKE CITY, SC. September 4, 2013 – GEMECO Marine Accessories today launched their groundbreaking iNstall App for iOS devices which allows marine installers instant access to a virtual toolbox of technical resources and diagnostic information that simplifies the selection and installation of Airmar Technology products. “Installers rely on us for selection and installation of transducers and accessories,” stated Peter Braffitt, General Manager of Gemeco Marine Accessories. “The Gemeco iNstall App puts all the answers right in the palm of their hands,” added Braffitt. Whether it’s selecting the right transducer, calculating the bottom coverage, identifying the correct tilt angle, or ordering the right cable to install the latest marine electronics, iNstall provides users with the ability to solve installation, wiring and product selection issues. ”With instant access to hard-to-find technical information like the transducer pinouts, iNstall saves me countless hours of hunting for information—increasing my efficiency while onboard customers’ boats,” stated Howard Rock of Nags Head, NC. “With the ability to identify potential interference issues before starting the job, the magnetic interference feature saves me time and money while gaining the advantage of getting the job done right—the first time,” quoted Joe Dieffenbach of Stuart, FL. Suzanne Sherwood from Thousand Oaks, CA explained, “iNstall ensures that all of the most current installation and sales information is right in my hand when a customer asks a question. The bottom coverage calculator is one of the coolest visual aids I have ever seen, and makes educating my customer so much simpler.”

The App is free and designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod smart phones and tablets
running iOS 6.1 and newer.

Features include:
• Transducer Selection
• Tilt Measurement
• Wiring Diagrams
• Installation Guides
• Transducer Brochures
• Mix & Match Guide
• Bottom Coverage
• Magnetic Field
• Wiresizer
• Temp Sensor Testing
• EDI Depth Test Data
• Access to Gemeco’s website and customer service center via email

The iNstall App can be found in the Apple App Store by searching for “Gemeco” or by
going to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/install/id692762311

For more information contact:
Suzanne Hawley
Hawley Communications, LLC


Airmar Hosts Open House at The Bermuda Big Game Classic

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The Bermuda Big Game Classic, Part of the Bermuda Triple Crown

Next week AIRMAR will be catching some sun when we head out to Bermuda for the Big Game Classic being held on the island.  Visit us at our open house on July 9th to learn about the revolution of CHIRP technology and how to turn your echosounder into a fishfinding machine.

Participants interested in attending AIRMAR’s event are encouraged to RSVP to Jennifer Piper at jpiper@airmar.com. Cocktails and light refreshments will be served.

In addition to providing anglers with tips on transducer selection and installation, AIRMAR will review the advantages of CHIRP technology and the company’s award-winning broadband transducers. The event is free to tournament participants, and will be taking place at 5:30pm in the Gazebo Room at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess.

Find out more about the open house from our press release.

We are also going to be enjoying the sights, and festivities that the six days of events have to offer.  AIRMAR is a second year sponsor of the Bermuda Big Game Fishing Classic, which is the highlight of the Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship. Entering its thirteenth year, The Classic is a three-day, big-fish team event with Top Team honors going to the team that tallies the most points during the tournament.  This year’s tournament takes place July 10 – 14, 2013 and is a qualifying event for the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) Offshore World Championship.

Last year’s tournament winners, team Fa-La-Me, raked in over $200k in winnings. The first place team also took home winnings for the Day Two Marlin Jackpot, and Most Overall Billfish Release Points Jackpot. Other winning teams in the tournament were; team Bree, which took home the prize for the Day One Marlin Jackpot and Second Place Overall in scoring; team Over Budget took Third Place Overall; finally, team Off Pist won the Day Three Marlin Jackpot, which netted them over $43k in winnings.

AIRMAR is excited to have the chance to host an event at this year’s competition. We are sure that the fishing will be fierce, and there will be plenty of excitement for the participating fishermen. A gold sponsor of the Classic, AIRMAR will be awarding the winner a CHIRP transducer of his choice. We wish the best of luck to all the participants, and look forward to updating our readers on the outcome of this electrifying event!