GARMIN EQUIPPED REVIEW: Riviera 47 Goloza
In this day and age given the development marine electronics and the progression from paper charts and other classic tools for navigation at sea, which brand of marine electronics to choose can only be defined by what matters the most to a skipper now – reliability, performance and of course, ease of use. Garmin’s diverse experience in various market segments including Aviation, Automotive, Outdoor, Fitness and Marine encapsulates and combines all areas of expertise into our phenomenal range of Marine Electronics.
It’s this exact pedigree that motivated the very proud and experienced owner skipper of Goloza, to make the decision to remove its previous electronics and replace them with a complete, state of the art marine networking system from Garmin.
To ensure the 53ft Goloza, a Riviera 47 Open Fly, was handled and retrofitted with the care and meticulous attention to detail she deserved, Craig Steven from Marine Components was contracted to facilitate installation of the electronics as well as all the other wood and service work thus offering the full service on this thoroughbred Sportfisher. After all the amazing work that has been done, Goloza is now fully featured with state of the art electronics from Garmin, setting the standard in South Africa’s Sport fishing fraternity. A job very well done Craig!
Feature rich Goloza thanks to Garmin Equipment at the helms:
The main helm is positioned at the open fly bridge and so this is where the main Multi-Function Network Displays(MFD’s) are housed. Featuring the Garmin GPSMAP 7015 - 15” Touch Screen MFD as the primary Fishfinder, a video line out from here via VGA is streamed to the monitor in the cabin below which acts as a repeater display for the anglers on deck to have a view of what lies beneath. Poised to respond and mount the chair when the lines go off, the CHIRP sounder paints its showings as Goloza hunts in the deep. Suspended beneath the hull, Goloza arries a R509LH Thru-Hull Transducer, the kind capable of transmitting 2 – 3Kw of power into the water. Garmin’s CHIRP GSD 26 Spread-Spectrum Digital Sounder Module, sweeps an array of frequencies from as low as 25kHz to as high up as 210kHz so this true Dual Channel Sounder module isn’t going to miss a target. With the kind of sensitivity expected from this level of transmit power and frequency range, the GSD 26 sounders clearly paints marine life and food chain below that begins with belts of plankton in the thermo clines, scooped up by bait fish which in turn are targeted and chased by the trophy predators and so the chain scales to where Goloza is the king of the deep.
Accompanying the 15” MFD at the open helm is a GPSMAP 5008 - 8” Touch Screen MFD. This MFD is used primarily as the navigational MFD and shares Garmin’s unique BlueChart® g2 Vision mapping with is 3D views and Fishing Charts over the network to the rest of the MFD’s. Garmin’s BlueChart® enables the skipper to find and identify Sea Mounts and other structures that create the breeding and associated hunting grounds that lures in the big Game a BillFish that Goloza is after. The full appreciation for true MFD functionality can only be experienced when the combo page layout on either MFD is presented to display the inbound video feed from the four engine cameras mounted in the engine room below. The skipper now has a view of what’s happening below deck in the engine room, keeping a eye over Goloza’s twin Caterpillar C12 700hp power plants.
A Garmin GMI 10 Digital Repeater Display is integrated on the NMEA 2000 network and shares valuable water and surface weather data received from Airmar’s PB200. This ultrasonic station repeats various forms of data including Wind, Barometric and Temperature, all valuable data for the skipper to optimize fishing.
Way up high in the tuna tower, skipper has full control of Goloza as the suite of MFD’s below are all linked to an additional GPSMAP 5008. From up here with the views if the deck and open waters surrounding Goloza, the skipper can respond to sightings of fish on the surface, showings on the sounder as well as bring up his Radar page on the MFD to lookout for birds and see if he can find any working the surface. The highly acclaimed GMR24HD Radar projects 4kW of pulse signal through a 24” sweep at 3.8° horizontal beam –all perfectly matched to deliver clear and defined targets. With the added benefit of MARPA (Mini Automatic Radar Plotting Aid), Garmin can track up to 10 targets at a time to ensure safe passage ahead.
With so much responsibility and demand being on the skipper, Garmin lends a hand with steering Goloza via their GHP 12 Autopilot system. Steering in according to numerous commands including GPS routing, steering patterns like clover leaves, circles, spirals, zigzags and more, all this is done in accordance with what Garmin’s intelligent GHP 12’s Rate Gyro Compass determines is a safe steering manoeuvre for all aboard according to Goloza’s Speed or Ground (SOG). The wireless GHC 10 Remote Control unit enables the skipper to activate or instruct the autopilot remotely according to situational requirements such there being a man overboard. Utilizing the “Williamson Turn” manoeuvre to bring Goloza round, the GHP12 assists skipper and crew to be prepared and in position for when Garmins’ Autopilot brings Goloza around for safe retrieval of the lost person. Safety at Sea is paramount and with the technology that Garmin can offer means that all aboard Goloza are bound to have a stress free and enjoyable fishing experience out sea.