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Franson GpsGate 2.5

By | Posted August 2007

GpsGate started as a simple utility that let GPS data coming into a PC or PDA serial port work with many programs simultaneously. The latest $30 version extends the concept to...

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McMurdo SmartFind

By | Posted May 2007

Similar to ACR’s ResQFix PLB, McMurdo has introduced a GEPIRB (GPS-equipped Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) that's smaller yet supposedly performs better. The $849, 1....

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The Road to the Future

By | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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POI'd Off

By | 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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Garmin GPSMAP 4XXX

By | 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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TR-1 Gladiator YTS Autopilot

By | 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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Raymarine G190

By | 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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FLIR Navigator

By | 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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Nobeltec Admiral 9

By | 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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