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Electronics

The Vanishing Magenta Line on ICW Charts

By Peter Swanson | Posted November 2013

If you’ve ever followed the magenta line down the ICW you know a little local knowledge will go a long way to keeping you out of trouble. But does that mean we’ll be...

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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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Globalstar Is Putting Satphones on the Spot

By Peter Swanson | Posted September 2013

Globalstar just completed the launch of a new satellite constellation to serve boaters in North American and Caribbean waters. This means Inmarsat and Iridium may have stiffer...

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Nobeltec TimeZero iPad App

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2013

I haven’t actually cruised with the Nobeltec TimeZero iPad app yet but I was able to preview it before it made it to the iTunes store last week and I have already seen its...

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Garmin GMI 20

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2013

Say hello to the Garmin GMI 20, a NMEA 2000-ready instrument that notably gave me a long list of possible fuel tank labels like Port, Center, and Aft...

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How Do Sailors Use Electronics?

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted August 2013

Powerboaters could learn a thing or two about using electronics from sailors. There are some new systems that make these lessons more apparent. See what we’re talking about here.

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What to do if the Electronics on your Boat Fail

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2013

Navigation electronics make things easy on boaters—till they go wrong. Learn the best way to stay safe while cruising. Our tips will help you know just where you are, where you’re...

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Civilian Thermal-Imaging Just Got a Whole Lot Cooler

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2013

Just when you thought onboard gadgetry had reached its limit, FLIR has introduced a thermal imager with technology previously unavailable to civilians like us. Have a look at the...

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Can Infrared See Through Fog?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2013

Thermal imaging works just fine in daylight, but can it cut through sight-reducing mists?

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Humminbird’s 360 Imaging

By Peter Swanson | Posted June 2013

Electronics manufacturer Humminbird has long served the freshwater angling market and kept an eye on the big picture. And now they’ve developed a radar-like sonar system...

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What Voyage-Planning Software Can Do for You

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted May 2013

Even the most seat-of-the-pants navigator can benefit from passing his or her eyes over a course in advance of a cruise. Voyage-planning software gives you the option to do this...

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Raymarine gS Series Glass-Bridge Helm System

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted May 2013

Raymarine’s Lighthouse user interface is spreading to every level of its product line and the new gS Series is no exception. Check out how this glass-bridge helm system...

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Simrad HH 36 VHF

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted May 2013

If that handy handheld VHF doesn’t hold a charge like it should anymore, or doesn’t seem to perform like it once did, it may be time for an upgrade. And VHF has come a long way....

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