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Personal locator beacons

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2011

Cutting the FatPhoto Courtesy of KannadPersonal locator beacons get slim and trimThere seems to be something of an arms race going on between rival manufacturers to produce the...

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Garmin Echo Series Fishfinders

By PMY Staff | Posted April 2011

The echo range of fishfinders includes the echo 550c.   Garmin Fishfinders Echo Series Garmin has introduced a complete new range of modestly priced fishfinders called...

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Furuno 21x7BB

By Tim Bartlett | Posted April 2011

The View from the BridgeNew Class B AIS Targets DisplayAIS clutter may (one day) be more of a problem on small screens than on big ones but that doesn’t mean that the big-ship...

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AIS Watchmate

By Tim Bartlett | Posted April 2011

Clearing the AIS Log JamOnce skeptics thought AIS wasn’t worth the bother. Now they worry the technology is working too well.For about the same price as a pair of midrange...

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Tested: Pulse Tech's desulfator

By Capt. Bill PikePhotos by Cy Cyr | Posted April 2011

Rejuvenation SensationDoes Pulse Tech's desulfator work?We test it on an aging battery to find out.These close-ups of lead-acid battery plates were supplied by Pulse Tech. In...

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Watchmate 850

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2011

Vesper Marine is a New Zealand-based company that specializes in easy-to-use AIS equipment for recreational and light commercial craft. Recently granted FCC approval, the third...

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Personal Computers at Sea

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2011

PCs at SeaThese computers may be indispensable ashore, but can they really cope with the rough-and-tumble of life and work afloat?I’ve never been much in favor of using “office...

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How to Keep Your Chart Data Up To Date

By Tim Bartlett | Posted February 2011

Top of the ChartsThere are numerous ways to keep your chart data up to date.Finding your way through shifting banks or a channel such as this one demands the very latest...

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Geopro Messenger: Two-way texting for twenty cents—worldwide

By PMY Staff | Posted February 2011

Geopro Messenger Two-way text messaging through the Iridium satellite system $699.   Reception Connection Two-way texting for twenty cents—worldwide Spot can...

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Spot satellite tracking-and-messaging device

By PMY Staff | Posted February 2011

Get Found Spot is a pint-size tracker SPOT MESSENGER Base model of a range of one-way satellite messengers is $169.99 Globalstar has introduced a second generation of...

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Satellite Communications For You

By Tim Bartlett | Posted February 2011

Satcom For EverymanThanks to powerful new satellites, nearly anyone can now afford to stay in touch from anywhere in the world.Last August, Inmarsat placed a billion-dollar...

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What goes on inside your LCD screen.

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2011

Screen Test     New displays look great in both sun and shade. Here’s why.   We all spend hours looking at LCDs at home and at work as well as on our boats...

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LCD Screen Jargon explained

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2011

Jargon Buster

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