New Electronics Exclusive: Garmin Begins to Tweak Data at the Source

Garmin tells us it’s introducing two new products today to change the way you look and see around your boat. As we watch electronics evolve, one of the biggest ways the manufacturers are helping boaters is by using more powerful computer processors to mine more useful information to display. The processors derive more useful information from the data coming in from the various sensors, whether it’s a radar unit, a sounder transducer, or anything else that gathers data from the real world.

By Jason Y. Wood |

New Electronics Exclusive: Radar for the Rest of Us

Well boys and girls, it’s finally begun to happen. Technology in marine electronics is finally beginning to veer in the direction of the rest of consumer electronics in a big way. You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to get big-time functionality (Remember when basic laptop computers were three grand? I do. And don’t ask why I do).

By Jason Y. Wood |

A Cruise on the Other Side

With all the hoopla famed track and field Olympian Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner is garnering these days for her coming out, I decided that I, too, needed some attention. And what better way to grab the homage of your peers than to do something so outlandish you leave them with their mouths hanging open and eyes popping. So outside my comfort zone that it would expose me to new and challenging roles.  

By Capt. Steve Creel |

Research Project

On a humid tropical evening this past August the sun dipped below the horizon quicker than I anticipated. From our slip four miles away, we could see it shining brightly across Cooper Island’s Machioneel Bay. It was as if a single spotlight lit this oasis, setting the stage for a solo performance for a special piece of paradise.

By George Sass Jr. |