How to Keep Your Chart Data Up To Date

By Tim Bartlett | Posted February 2011

Top of the ChartsThere are numerous ways to keep your chart data up to date.Finding your way through shifting banks or a channel such as this one demands the very latest...

Read Article

Navico’s whispering sonar

By Tim Bartlett | Posted December 2010

Why shout when you can whisper?How Navico’s new breed of whispering sonar promises clearer pictures at greater depths.Three years ago, Navico introduced something that it...

Read Article

What’s a Navico?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2010

What’s a Navico?Deconstructing and defining an emerging marine electronics giant.When I was first introduced to Simrad’s new NSE displays last fall, I just had to ask a company...

Read Article

A Sense of Direction

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2010

The strange and tortuous search for a way to improve GPS reliability.Last December CrossRate Technology introduced its first (and so far only) product: a combined GPS and Loran...

Read Article

Garmin 6000 and 7000 MFDs

By Tim Bartlett | Posted April 2010

There are new models at the top of the Garmin series, as well, in the form of two new ranges of large-format multifunction displays known as the GPSMAP 6000 and GPSMAP 7000 series...

Read Article

Garmin 700 series

By Tim Bartlett | Posted April 2010

A recent addition to Garmin’s range is a series of touchscreen plotters whose size and price slot them neatly into the significant gap between five-inch GPSMap 600 series, whose...

Read Article

Sea-Me Dual Band

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2010

Sea-Me, the popular RTE (Radar Target Enhancer) or “active radar reflector” has been dramatically improved. The new Sea-Me Dual Band does exactly what its name...

Read Article

DeLorme Handheld Charting

By | Posted November 2009

DeLorme launched its first handheld unit less than two years ago, but has already followed up with two more.The most recent is the midrange Earthmate PN-30.Like last year's range-...

Read Article

Upgrade or Download?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted October 2009

It’s always nice to buy presents for the one you love—even if it is difficult, sometimes, to persuade your wife that the boat needs a new plotter more than she needs that designer...

Read Article

GPS Ailing and Failing?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2009

Garmin Colorado 400C still better than a sextant even if the GPS is getting old ($599.99 MSRP; is growing concern that GPS performance may soon start to...

Read Article

The End of the GPS Monopoly?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2009

Russian technicians fit a cluster of three Glonass satellites to a booster rocket.Sometime in the last few years of the 20th century, a new term was added to the everyday...

Read Article

Automatic Autopilot

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2009

John Redmond of Redmond Marine Electronics in Destin, Florida, does some pre-assembly in Betty Jane’s saloon.Hand-steering my 1988 Grand Banks 32 Betty Jane for hundreds of miles...

Read Article

FLIR M-Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2009

FLIR’s methodical two-year entry into the recreational marine world has been a thing to behold. Both its products, the popular entry-level Navigators and powerful Voyagers, and...

Read Article