If you’re a boater and feel a little left out and ignored after Garmin launched their most recent high-end multisports watch, the fenix 5, don’t sweat – the nav giant’s latest wrist-mounted marine offering – the quatix 5 – has you covered.

If you’re a dedicated boater, then chances are Garmin’s latest marine offering, the quatix 5, will blow your socks off. Yep, it’s that good. Based on the company’s highly sought after fenix 5 multisport watch, this next-generation marine smart watch provides one with mind boggling connectivity options. You can do things like stream important info, including speed, sail racing assistance, water depth, temperature and wind data, from compatible Garmin chart plotters and other devices directly to your wrist – freeing you up from demanding navigation duties in the cockpit, and allowing you to get on with activities you really want to be doing. You know, like fishing.

The all-new quatix 5 also boasts a wrist-based heart rate monitor and advanced fitness features. It also comes with dedicated built-in activity profiles and performance metrics for water sports like paddle boarding, swimming and kayaking. But don’t think you can only use it on the water – it works great for land-based activities such as running, hiking and biking, too. Like I said, impressive stuff.

“From fishermen chasing billfish or bass to canoeists, kayakers and big sail and power boaters, the quatix 5 was designed for life on the water,” says Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of global consumer sales. “It combines feature and design qualities from our popular fenix 5 multi-sport watch series with boating, fishing, cruising and sailing capabilities to deliver the most sophisticated and connected general-purpose marine smartwatch on the market today.”

Built to withstand the harsh marine environment, the quatix 5 has a diameter of 47mm. It also boasts a rugged, yet sleek design with a stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case that’s more compact than previous models. And, thanks to the new QuickFit bands available in metal, leather or silicone, you can swap out watch bands in seconds without having to use any tools.

Other features you’re probably interested in include a water rating down to 100 meters and a sunlight-readable colour display with a LED backlight (so data is easily visible in any light). And, thanks to its omnidirectional stainless steel EXO antenna and high-sensitivity GPS with GLONASS support, it has the ability to keep accurate track of your movements even in seriously challenging environments. It also boasts up to 24 hours of battery life in GPS mode, 60 hours in UltraTrac mode and two weeks in smart watch mode (depending on the settings you go for).

Garmin quatix 5 features at a glance:

  • Connects with compatible Garmin chart plotters and other devices to provide autopilot control, remote waypoint marking, data streaming, sail racing assistance and much more.
  • The built-in FUSION-Link Lite app controls connected StereoActive products, as well as other ANT-enabled stereo models (RA70/BB100).
  • Includes Elevate wrist-based heart rate sensor
  • Connected features include smart notifications, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect online fitness community, plus easy personalisation through free watch faces and apps from the company’s Connect IQ store.
  • Battery performance: up to 2 weeks in smart watch mode (depending on settings), up to 24 hours in GPS mode and up to 60 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode.

A fully-functional remote control you can use on the water
We’re all familiar with using remotes to control our TVs and sound systems at home. But with the quatix 5, you can use it to remotely control systems on your boat, too. Once paired with GHC 20 autopilot control units, it can be used to control the autopilot to change headings, engage heading hold, steer to an active GPS route and initiate patterns, so you can maintain control of the vessel even when not at the helm.

It also makes things easier than ever to mark and save a waypoint from anywhere on the boat. With the touch of a button, the quatix 5 can be used to remotely mark waypoints on a connected chart plotter. Plus, users can even use their watch to control their onboard entertainment system – thanks to the built-in FUSION Lite app that controls connected StereoActive products, along with other ANT-enabled stereo models.

Mariners can also download up-to-date tide data via their smartphones for areas they’re interested in visiting and have access to the data for seven days. Plus the quatix 5 comes equipped with an anchor alarm to warn users of drift, and an anchor rode calculator that tells you the proper length of anchor line to put out. For fishing, a competition timer and fish catch log are there to help users keep track of the fish they’ve caught and the time remaining before having to head back to shore for the weigh-in. And for sail racing, the quatix 5 features tack assist, race countdown timer, distance to start line, and time to burn.

Finally, as the quatix 5 can track normal daily activities, it makes a great daily timepiece, too. Once paired with a compatible smartphone, it delivers a variety of connected features, including call, text and email smart notifications right on their wrist. The quatix 5 is also compatible with Connect IQ, Garmin’s open platform for third-party developers to create content for compatible Garmin wearables – so users can customise their watch with apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces.

The quatix 5, is expected to land in SA soon, although a local launch date has not yet been announced. The quatix 5 comes in two versions: the quatix 5 (Expected RRP: R10 499) and the quatix 5 Sapphire (Expected RRP: R14 999). The quatix 5 Sapphire has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens and includes a stainless steel band as well as a blue silicone QuickFit band. It’s also Wi-Fi enabled, so users can connect their watch to their home network for automatic uploads to Garmin Connect when within range. If you would like to reserve your quatix 5 from NavWorld, simply email your name, surname and phone number to quatix5@navworld.co.za. – (c) 2017 NavWorld

Garmin quatix 5 specifications:

Lens Material: glass or sapphire crystal
Bezel Material: Stainless steel
Case material: fiber-reinforced polymer
QuickFit watch band compatible: Yes (22 mm)
Strap material: silicone or steel
Physical size: 47mm x 47mm x 15.5mm
Weight: Silicone band: 85g / Metal band: 156g
Water rating: 10 ATM
Battery type: Rechargeable lithium
Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Display size: 1.2-inch (30.4 mm) diameter
Display resolution: 240 x 240 pixels (Colour)
Battery life:
 Smart Mode: Up to 2 weeks
GPS/HR mode: Up to 24 hours
UltraTrac mode: Up to 60 hours without wrist heart rate
Memory/History: 64 MB

About The Author

Sean Woods

Originally a photographer for the Star newspaper in the bad old days, Sean Woods turned to writing after the first democratic elections in '94. The career shift paid serious dividends, culminating in him becoming associate editor for Popular Mechanics magazine with a number of technology writing awards under his belt. His interests include anything to do with boats, motorcycles and all those fancy tech gadgets that help the modern world go around.

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