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Navionics HotMaps Explorer

By | Posted May 2008

Navionics HotMaps ExplorerIf you’ve ever taken a plotter—handheld or otherwise—onto lakes, you probably know how inconsistent (sometimes nonexistent) freshwater...

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Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Max Pro

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Max ProWhen Jeppesen Marine took C-Map under its wing early last year, a much-anticipated consequence was the melding of Nobeltec navigation software (NSS...

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Raymarine SmartPilot X Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

Raymarine SmartPilot X SeriesRaymarine is refreshing its entire autopilot line into the SmartPilot X (SPX) Series. All SPX course computers include rate gyros for better...

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FLIR Voyager

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Flir VoyagerFLIR has added active stabilization to its $74,999 Voyager camera, but what's truly noteworthy is its integrated use of dual thermal cameras. Each has only 320x240...

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Managing the Waterway: Electronic Charts 2008

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Managing The Waterway: Electronic Charts 2008It may be an Intracoastal Waterway guide publisher, but the name Managing the Waterway doesn't do this company justice. Neither does...

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Standard Horizon HX850S

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Standard Horizon HX850SCredit due: Uniden built the first handheld combination GPS/ VHF, but the Mystic was quite bulky and expensive and is now out of production. Standard...

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Simrad NX40/45

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

Simrad NX40/45Simrad is refreshing almost its entire product lineup in 2008. The major themes are the extended use of SimNet (a.k.a. NMEA 2000) and the "Simradization" of...

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3D & G

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

The competition is fierce, and I'm not just talking about the grandiose debuts held simultaneously and almost chin-to-chin across a Fort Lauderdale boulevard the evening before...

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Navionics Platinum+

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

Navionics Platinum+As the ever-so-slight name change implies, "plus" is only an incremental change from the original multifaceted Platinum format, mainly offering improved...

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Simrad AP 24 and AP 28

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

Simrad AP 28Simrad's two new autopilot control heads, the AP 28 (above) and the smaller, knobless AP 24, may look like minor upgrades to the revered Simrad (Robertson) line, but...

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Standard Horizon CPV555

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

Standard Horizon CPV555Combine a top-the-line VHF radio with a competent chartplotter/fishfinder, and you get Standard Horizon's unusual and under-appreciated CPV series, which...

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AmbientNAV Alpha

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2007

AmbientNAV AlphaWest Coast-based AmbientNav has introduced a new monitor line named Alpha, as in "alpha dog." This leader-of-the-pack boast is based on high-end specs like 170-...

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Where To?

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2007

The four units displayed in my test lab below—ranging from the diminutive 440 all the way up to the touch-screen 5212—are a good representation of the five...

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