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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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ACR EMERGENCY BEACONS

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2010

ACR Electronics has introduced what it describes as the newest generation of Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) in the shape of the AquaLink PLB. Although less than six inches long...

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When To Go Manual

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2010

Most of the time fishfinders work great on auto mode. But not always.Fishfinders don’t just find fish; they also find the places fish are likely to be, like reefs, wrecks, and...

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Make A Call, Save Some Cash

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2010

Onboard satcom is now cheaper than cellphone service. Did you know that it is now cheaper to phone home from the Bahamas or the Virgin Islands through a shipboard satellite...

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Night Eyes

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted January 2010

Eat all the carrots you want. Your eyes still can’t match the power of thermal imaging.Need proof of how well FLIR’s infrared technology works? Compare the views of the same...

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Avoiding Disaster

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2010

True Motion displays like this one have come down from the big-ship world. For collision avoidance, switch to the unit’s relative-motion mode.One foggy May morning, a few years...

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DeLorme Handheld Charting

By | Posted November 2009

DeLorme launched its first handheld unit less than two years ago, but has already followed up with two more.The most recent is the midrange Earthmate PN-30.Like last year's range-...

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Electronic Sentinel

By | Posted November 2009

Ever get the offshore heebie-jeebieies? I used to, back when I was running oceangoing tugs. The malady typically started with an imaginary change in engine pitch while we were...

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KVH Tracphone FB150

By | Posted November 2009

KVH has joined the growing list of suppliers that are offering phone and Internet services through Inmarsat's new Fleet Broadband 150. With a dome that is just 13.5" in diameter...

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Looking Ahead

By Tim Bartlett | Posted November 2009

The Interphase IScan V90 is vertical-scanning look-ahead sonar, made in the USA. ($2,388) www.interphase-tech.com.Whenever and wherever we go offshore, it's a fair bet that the...

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