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Safety

FLIR Ocean Scout 640

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted January 2016

With a higher-resolution sensor than its predecessors, the FLIR Ocean Scout 640 makes it easier to identify targets in extreme low-light conditions.

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How to Plan a Transoceanic-Worthy Helm on a Budget

By Daniel Harding | Posted December 2015

A former educator used careful planning to find a helm setup within his budget for a Transatlantic cruise to the Baltics and beyond on his Kadey-Krogen 42.

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Getting Comfortable with the Radar on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted October 2015

Get comfortable with your radar, and it will help make you more comfortable at the helm in all conditions.

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Garmin Panoptix PS60 Through-Hull Transducer

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted October 2015

The PS60 allows Garmin to add performance to its triple-threat Panoptix sounder system.

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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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Know the Weather When You're Boating

By Lee Chesneau | Posted May 2015

While many boaters rely on a weather forecasts generated thousands of miles away, all the information you need to make good decisions may be right outside your window. Here's how...

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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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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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Autopilot Technology Leaps Forward

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted October 2013

Whether you’re looking to get a brand-new boat or upgrade the boat you have, the autopilot may play a big role in how you feel about that boat. And the way technology is changing...

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