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How to Use Electronic Charts

By Capt. Daniel S.... | Posted June 2015

Electronic charts are great, no doubt. But the second you start thinking they’re foolproof is the second you’re in trouble. Here’s how to avoid the pitfalls.

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The Vestas Wind Debacle

By Capt. Daniel S.... | Posted June 2015

The Vestas Wind debacle raises points about maximizing your radar picture.

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Boaters Benefit From a New Kind of Space Race

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2015

Your boat may be about to benefit from a worldwide competition to provide the best satellite navigation signals. Read all about it here.

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Are You Using Russian SatNav?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2015

If you are using a GPS, MFD, or cell phone that is less than a year or two old, there is a pretty good chance that you may be using Glonass as well as GPS without realizing it.

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Solid-State Radar Technology

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted April 2015

With the introduction of Simrad's open-array Halo radar, boaters get solid-state technology combined with a smart user interface.

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How to Avoid Obstacles with Your Boat

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2015

The best way to keep your hull from getting dinged—or worse—is to simply avoid obstructions. But that’s not always as easy as it sounds. To find out some ways...

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Side-Scanning Sonar in Action

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted March 2015

Sidescanning sonar is a tremendous tool to understand what's under your boat. Check out these videos that will help improve your comprehension of what the images are showing.

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How AIS Works

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted February 2015

You know that AIS helps you avoid collisions, but you may be surprised at exactly how it works. Read this to find out more.

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How to Navigate in Fog with Your Boat's Electronics

By Peter Swanson | Posted January 2015

It used to be that if it was too foggy out, you simply didn’t use your boat. No longer. Developments in electronics have made it so boaters can navigate nimbly and safely...

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Simrad Low Emission HD Digital Radar

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted October 2014

Simrad is introducing a new radar system compatible with all Simrad multifunction displays.

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How to Have the Most Accurate Nautical Charts

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted July 2014

These are heady times for marine-navigation systems. New technologies are making it possible to share information with fellow boaters faster and more easily than ever before,...

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The Pitfalls of Being Overly Reliant on GPS

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2014

Why GPS could be more dangerous than you think.   GPS is a fantastic tool, but it’s still only a tool. The person that operates it is ultimately responsible for using...

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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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