SI-TEX Marine Electronics has introduced an all-new Chartplotter/Echosounder system to its robust product line-up for 2023. This affordable new unit — the SI-TEX Orion 10 — is available immediately in both chartplotter and chartplotter/sounder combination (Orion 10 CF), to meet the needs of a wide range of vessels from cruising powerboats to saltwater fishing machines. Its powerful sounder output (600W or 1.5kW depending on transducer) and superior deep-water fish detection make the Orion 10 an excellent choice for commercial fishing applications, as well.
Although SI-TEX’s new Orion 10 system is affordable and easy to install/network via NMEA2000 or NMEA0183 connectivity, it offers boaters a variety of unique features and functionalities. Chief among these is its 10.4” Hybrid Touch Screen, which allows boaters to operate all functions via an intuitive touch screen display or a heavy-duty silicone keypad. This innovative display can also be easily programmed by the operator to automatically switch between Day and Night Modes at custom selected times.
The versatile Orion 10 system has the exclusive ability to be set up in either Portrait or Landscape display orientation, allowing boaters to adapt its mounting location and display to best suit their vessel and boating/fishing lifestyle. The unique industrial design of the unit allows for an attractive and functional installation (in either bracket or flush-mount applications) and intuitive control for the operator. Once mounted in the preferred orientation, an easy menu command allows for rotating the display as needed.
“This ability to have either a vertical or horizontal display allows boaters to view the information they want the way they want to see it,” said Allen Schneider, Vice President of SI-TEX Marine Electronics. This choice can also benefit the user when setting up various split-screen display options. “For example, if finding fish and accessing all the echosounder features is the primary purpose, this could be best served using a vertical set up. For boaters using the Orion 10 primarily for its electronic charting and navigation features with less emphasis on fishing, a horizontal format could make more sense. Either way, Orion’s split-screen capabilities and large display will provide access to all the information boaters require,” added Schneider.
Orion 10.4” Display Mounts Vertically or Horizontally. Whichever way the display is set up, the Orion 10 system provides all the professional-grade features and functions boaters need. The chartplotter features a built-in 52-channel GPS receiver that works with U.S. GNSS, Russian GLONASS and European GALILEO GPS networks. It uses the latest C-MAP 4D cartography that combines vector chart data with exclusive Dynamic Raster Charts, with the ability to view charts in 2D or 3D presentations. Features of C-MAP 4D include offshore high-resolution bathymetry, depth shading, Dynamic Tides & Currents, Easy Routing, detailed marina port plans, and more. The Orion 10 system has storage capacity for 100,000 waypoints and marks, 50,000 track points and 100 routes with up to 20 waypoints per route.
The Orion system’s 50kHz/200kHz dual-frequency digital echosounder is packed with the advanced features fishermen expect from SI-TEX, including Pulse Length Selection, White/Black Line, DownImage/Normal/ Bottom Lock/Bottom Zoom modes, A-scope, three-level Interference Rejection, 30-level Noise Rejection, eight selectable image speeds, and maximum depth range up to 1,500 meter in 1.5kW configuration. Adding an optional 340kHz Downscan transducer enables high-definition side scanning capabilities up to 328 feet from the vessel, helping fishermen locate structure and target schools of bait and gamefish over a wide swath of territory.
For ease of use and added versatility, the Orion 10 system can also be connected via Bluetooth to Android-based
phones, allowing a companion mobile app to remotely control the unit, receive notifications, access the owner’s
manual and more.
The SI-TEX Orion 10.4” chartplotter/echosounder system is available now through authorized SI-TEX Marine Electronics dealers nationwide. Like all SI-TEX products, it is backed by the company’s leading 2-Year Limited Factory Warranty and friendly Long Island, NY-based customer service and support. Call (631) 996-2690 or visit www.si-tex.com to learn more.
MSRP for Orion 10CF — $1,999.00