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The State of Paper Charts

By Peter Swanson | Posted March 2014

Are paper charts a thing of the past? NOAA recently made news by saying that it would no longer be printing its own paper charts. But does that mean that the time of the paper...

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The Vanishing Magenta Line on ICW Charts

By Peter Swanson | Posted November 2013

If you’ve ever followed the magenta line down the ICW you know a little local knowledge will go a long way to keeping you out of trouble. But does that mean we’ll be...

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Autopilot Technology Leaps Forward

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted October 2013

Whether you’re looking to get a brand-new boat or upgrade the boat you have, the autopilot may play a big role in how you feel about that boat. And the way technology is changing...

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Nobeltec TimeZero iPad App

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2013

I haven’t actually cruised with the Nobeltec TimeZero iPad app yet but I was able to preview it before it made it to the iTunes store last week and I have already seen its...

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How Do Sailors Use Electronics?

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted August 2013

Powerboaters could learn a thing or two about using electronics from sailors. There are some new systems that make these lessons more apparent. See what we’re talking about here.

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What to do if the Electronics on your Boat Fail

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2013

Navigation electronics make things easy on boaters—till they go wrong. Learn the best way to stay safe while cruising. Our tips will help you know just where you are, where you’re...

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Civilian Thermal-Imaging Just Got a Whole Lot Cooler

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2013

Just when you thought onboard gadgetry had reached its limit, FLIR has introduced a thermal imager with technology previously unavailable to civilians like us. Have a look at the...

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Can Infrared See Through Fog?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2013

Thermal imaging works just fine in daylight, but can it cut through sight-reducing mists?

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What Voyage-Planning Software Can Do for You

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted May 2013

Even the most seat-of-the-pants navigator can benefit from passing his or her eyes over a course in advance of a cruise. Voyage-planning software gives you the option to do this...

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Navigation Electronics Safety and Cautions

By Capt. Daniel S.... | Posted May 2013

Relying on navigation electronics is a double-edged sword. Trust is necessary, along with constant doubt. Only together can these diametrically opposed conditions work to get us...

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Simrad GS25

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted March 2013

More satellites, more precise positioning. Simrad’s new GS25 is a GPS antenna and a GLONASS antenna, all in one tidy package.

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FLIR MD-324 Thermal-Imaging Camera

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted March 2013

FLIR launched the MD-324 as one of the company’s MD-Series of fixed-mount thermal-imaging cameras. The cameras are simple to mount and easy to integrate into existing...

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Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted March 2013

Garmin’s GPSMAP 8000 Series Combines Power and Simplicity The GPSMAP 8000 is being hailed as Garmin’s new flagship. This is a system that would seem right at home on a...

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