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Maptech Touch Screen Navigator

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2007

Maptech Touch Screen NavigatorNext month I'll profile the exciting new Raymarine G-Series and Furuno NavNet 3D systems, both of which are actually powerful PCs, though dedicated...

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Lowrance LVR-880 VHF/FM Radio

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2007

Lowrance LVR-880 VHF/FM RadioIn a world with so many VHF choices, two features on the Lowrance LVR-880 are especially noteworthy. One, it can receive stereo FM stations, even cut...

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Tacktick Wireless Instruments

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2007

Tacktick Wireless Instruments Micronet Power Boat Wind TransmitterThe direction and speed of the wind are not only important pieces of information when maneuvering in close...

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NMEA 2000 Marries Ethernet

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2007

As if we weren't confused enough! Maretron and Furuno have both introduced important new products that marry the NMEA 2000 marine-data protocol with the speed and universality of...

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KVH TracPhone V7

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2007

KVH TracPhone V7Always-on offshore high-speed Internet just became possible on yachts well under mega size. KVH's new TracPhone V7 system claims solid broadband speeds previously...

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Raymarine ST70

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2007

Raymarine ST70I believe strongly that bright, well-designed color screens can communicate information much better than the grayscale ones that we are generally used to seeing on...

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Rendez-vous Tender Tracking

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

Rendez-vous uses 100-watt digital radios to create a private network amongst a yacht and her tenders. The technology, proven in the railway industry, has a 20-mile range from the...

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GlobalStar 1700

By | Posted July 2007

The GlobalStar 1700 satellite phone ($999) is more than 40 percent smaller than previous models, plus it has a bright color screen and is purportedly a snap to use with a laptop,...

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Shakespeare CruiseNet

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2007

Shakespeare’s new CruiseNet illustrates how far cellular data can be taken. This high-end box, which starts at $1,750, combines a compact server with a full-powered, industrial-...

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Connected Cruising

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2007

Picture a spring evening that's so clear and calm you've jumped out from Charleston, South Carolina, planning to chug through the night to Beaufort, North Carolina, and thus skip...

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Icom M34

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2007

Icom's new handheld VHF is its first without an aluminum chassis, but it's purportedly still "military rugged," and it actually floats, a combination that fuels the company’s "...

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VHF 101

By Bill Springer | Posted May 2007

When it comes to communicating on a marine VHF radio, there are no "good buddies" and no "breaker 19s." Smokey and the Bandit may have made CB radio jargon hip for a time, but a...

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Cobra 425

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2007

The big consumer electronics company Cobra has gotten serious about marine VHF, introducing both this feature-packed handheld and a Class D DSC fixed radio. For instance, the $170...

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