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Maretron SIM & RIM

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2009

Maretron’s new Switch and Run Indicator modules—the $375 SIM100 and the $299 RIM100—are at the expanding frontier of NMEA 2000. Each plain black box can convert a variety of...

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Fusion Marine Stereo

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2009

Photography by Fusion MarineNow I just need the boat. When I first wrote about the Fusion Marine Stereo system in my column last July, I not only saw a lot to like but had already...

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KVH TracVision M1

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2009

Photography by KVHThe competition for world's smallest stabilized satellite TV antenna has come down to definitions. KVH's new M1 is a 12.5-inch dish that only weighs 7.5 pounds...

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MySiMON

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2009

Photography by Palladium TechnologiesWhile Fusion's super safe iPod dock is reassuring (see main story), there are increasing reasons to risk carrying one around on deck. On top...

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King Controls VuQube

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2009

Photography by King ControlsLast year King Controls introduced a clever portable satellite TV dish called the VuQube, and some boaters began enjoying its ability to tune in...

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Icom MXA-5000

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2008

Photo courtesy of Icom AmericaIs Icom a Johnny come lately for introducing the MXA-5000 AIS receiver just as Class B transceivers finally hit the market? I don't think so. Not...

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Here Comes Class B, Part 2!

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2008

Photo by Ben EllisonNow Class B-equipped Gizmo shows up on ship AIS displays and Web viewers like this. I've never been more pleased to write this column. If you read the original...

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Simrad AI50

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2008

Photos courtesy of SimradSimrad's AI50 is the most feature-packed Class B transponder available. Most obvious is the four-inch display with its world base map. It can serve as a...

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Furuno FA-50

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2008

Photo courtesy of FurunoFuruno's FA-50 is also an unusual Class B AIS transponder. While every other model mentioned in this column, including the two Simrads, is based on a...

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Digital Yacht SPL250

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2008

Photo by Ben EllisonDigital Yacht is a substantial U.K.-based marine electronics manufacturer/distributor that is expanding to the United States in a timely manner, given its...

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iNavX

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2008

Courtesy of iNavXYou may have heard that Apple's new 3G iPhone includes a GPS but did you know that someone has already developed a good $50 marine navigation program for it?...

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Autopilot Garminized

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2008

Garmin's new pilot head is as stylishly informative as its multifunction instruments.The 50-foot custom Wesmac Kathleen might have been a real autopilot challenge, what with her...

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Cellranger STIX

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2008

Ben EllisonCellranger STIXThe Cellranger Stix is a portable and affordable cellphone booster that I can recommend but only with certain caveats. The seductive claim is that its...

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