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The Road to the Future

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted May 2007

GPS technology has been the major force in bringing marine route planning into the 21st century. The Navstar GPS satellite network that made its way to us after the 1986...

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Garmin 5000 Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

Just as the flagship 4000 series covered in the February issue was enjoying its U.S. debut at the Miami International Boat Show, Garmin upped the ante by showing prototypes of its...

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Murphy HelmView

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

F.W. Murphy has added chartplotting ability to its 6.4-inch VGA HelmView display—just add a NMEA 2000 GPS sensor to its network, and slip a Navionics SD chart card into the...

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Si-Tex ColorMax 15

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

The $3,179 ColorMax 15 offers good multifunction display (MFD) for the money. The 15-inch, 1024x768-pixel screen is bright and sharp, rendering full-screen video as well as any...

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Northstar M121

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

I first knew the 12-inch Northstar M121 MFD as the Navman 8120. Now it not only has joined the Northstar family (upper right in group photo) but has gained a new little brother,...

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Garmin GPSMAP 4XXX

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2007

Garmin chose the huge Marine Electronics Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam to preview an entirely refreshed marine line that will roll out during the first half of 2007, and I wasn’t...

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POI'd Off

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2007

This C-Map POI data is the best available, but it's still full of errors.It's my good fortune that I get to spend many a fine summer's day hanging around beautiful, bustling...

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FLIR Navigator

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2006

While BMW's optional Night Vision is winning raves for its ability to help drivers see obstacles beyond their headlights, I'd argue that the same thermal technology is even more...

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Raymarine G190

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2006

A Lauderdale line that rings true: "19-inch is the new 15-inch." We want bigger displays, and bezels are getting thin enough that we can have bigger in almost the same helm space...

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TR-1 Gladiator YTS Autopilot

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2006

With its YTS model, Nautamatic is finally offering a conventional control head for its unconventional yet well-proven autopilot technology. In fact, the three buttons and dual-...

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Simrad Glass Bridge

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2006

All the new features of Nobeltec Admiral 9.0 may not be built into the Simrad GB60 yet, but I'll bet they will be eventually. Simrad has clearly worked closely with Jeppesen...

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Nobeltec Admiral 9

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2006

The full name for this high-end $1,200 PC navigation package, Jeppesen Marine's Nobeltec Admiral 9.0, has become a mouthful—and its $490 little brother, Jep...tec Visual...

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Garmin 3210, 478, and G2 Cards

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2006

Garmin offers so many plotters these days! The 32xx series—in 05, 06, and 10 models, i.e. screen sizes—is an update to the top-of-the-line networked 30xx series, still in...

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