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A Sense of Direction

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2010

The strange and tortuous search for a way to improve GPS reliability.Last December CrossRate Technology introduced its first (and so far only) product: a combined GPS and Loran...

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Lowrance Elite

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2010

“Elite,” according to my dictionary, means “the most powerful, rich, gifted or educated members of a community,” which makes it rather an odd choice of name for a range of five-...

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Smoke Alarms for Your Boat

By Catherine Pearson | Posted May 2010

A 75-footer heading from Naples, Florida, to the Bahamas stopped for what promised to be a relaxing night in Miami. The seven guests onboard—five college-age passengers, the...

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Controlling Power

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2010

Twenty-first-century technology has changed the way your electronics communicate.It’s more than ten years now, since we learned to spell “millennium,” stocked up on canned food,...

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A Sirius/XM Development

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2010

A Sirius/XM DevelopmentFinally—dependable, detailed, real-time weather info onboard.Sirius/XM services offer weather station and buoy reports (left), animated frontal boundaries (...

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Garmin 6000 and 7000 MFDs

By Tim Bartlett | Posted April 2010

There are new models at the top of the Garmin series, as well, in the form of two new ranges of large-format multifunction displays known as the GPSMAP 6000 and GPSMAP 7000 series...

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Garmin 700 series

By Tim Bartlett | Posted April 2010

A recent addition to Garmin’s range is a series of touchscreen plotters whose size and price slot them neatly into the significant gap between five-inch GPSMap 600 series, whose...

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Stay Safe WITH AIS

By Tim Bartlett | Posted April 2010

Why a collision-avoidance system is must-have technology.Vesper Marine’s AIS Watchmate RX displays data from its built-in receiver on a simple, radar-like display or as a...

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Ultrascan PC90

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2010

One of the drawbacks of forward-looking sonar has always been that sound travels much more slowly through water than radar waves travel through air. At a sluggish 5,000 feet per...

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Jotron AIS SART

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2010

Jotron's Automatic Identification System (AIS) SART is a search-and-rescue beacon based on AIS technology; it transmits a dedicated identity code and GPS position to produce a...

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Follow the Birds

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2010

What's the secret to piscatorial success? Simple. Just follow the birds!Terns and pelicans don't go fishing for fun. They do it because of their need to survive. And because they...

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Game Changer?

By Capt. Bill PikeMarty Mason | Posted January 2010

Twin Disc challenges pod drives with a smooth, quick joystick system for shaft-drive boats.Most likely, it was the eyebrow that got me. I was winding up a pleasant dinner with a...

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Sea-Me Dual Band

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2010

Sea-Me, the popular RTE (Radar Target Enhancer) or “active radar reflector” has been dramatically improved. The new Sea-Me Dual Band does exactly what its name...

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