Glider Yachts has announced that its new Glider SS18 to be launched this spring will be fitted with a complete integrated electronics system from Garmin which includes an advanced technology “Glass Bridge”. The Glider production team has worked with Garmin to develop a fully flush system that will provide navigation, communications, control, engine and other system monitoring that will eliminate the need for switches and buttons at the pilot station of this extraordinary design, creating an advanced space-age cockpit.
Twin Garmin 8008 multifunction displays are invisibly integrated into the helm console to form the glass bridge. Continuing its theme of innovation the Glider engineering team has installed the Garmin 18” High Definition colour radar, hidden into the Glider pod hull with output displayed on the bridge system. The GPS and AIS antennas are also built into the hull design so that no aerials or antennas can be seen or interfere with the beautiful lines of the craft.
The bright, crisp XGA touchscreen of the Garmin Glass Bridge will display the Chartplotter with radar overlay and other Garmin navigational instruments and includes pinch-to-zoom and other touch controls for intuitive operation. Anti-glare and LED backlighting makes it easy to view even in bright sunlight with auto-dimming to provide outstanding visibility at night. The system will seamlessly display full monitoring information for all four engines and the operational and control systems allowing effortless and intuitive fingertip control.
Having torn up the rule book, the design team has packed the Glider with innovative features and ground breaking systems which have been specially developed to make the Glider easy to use, control and a comfortable experience for the pilot and guests when cruising, at high speed or even at anchor. The Glider will be revealed for the first time during the London On-Water show in St Katherine Docks commencing May 4th.