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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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Raymarine A-Series

By | Posted October 2008

Raymarine has radically redesigned its A-Series of small plotters and plotter/fishfinders, adding AIS tracking, internal “high-sensitivity” GPS receivers, Sirius Satellite Weather...

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Cobra MR F300 BT

By | Posted October 2008

Cobra MR F300 BTThe short-range Bluetooth wireless standard, commonly used for cellphone headsets, is now usefully making its way onto boats. So while Cobra’s new MR F300 BT may...

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Standard BH-2

By | Posted October 2008

How about a wireless Bluetooth headset designed expressly for marine VHF? Standard Horizon’s BH-2 works with either the company’s new HX760S handheld or as an add-on to certain of...

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Early Adopter

By Ben Ellison | Posted October 2008

Ben EllisonMark, Natalia, and Alexis Levey enjoying Camden, Maine, from the flying bridge of Alexis.Capt. Mark Levey is my kind of guy. When he took ownership of a new Azimut 55...

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Callpod Dragon V2

By | Posted October 2008

Callpod's Dragon V2 headsetsWhen does an everyday Bluetooth cellphone headset become a desirable boating accessory? When a pair of them can also provide a captain and mate hands-...

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Yanmar Smart Check

By Ben Ellison | Posted October 2008

YanmarYanmar Smart CheckUnfortunately you'll need Yanmar electronic engines like the BY, LY3, and SY Series (so far) plus at least one Raymarine E-120 to even consider plunking...

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FloScan FloNet

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2008

Ben EllisonFloScan FloNetHats off to FloScan for developing FloNet, one of the most NMEA 2000-friendly products I've tested. Rather than trying to grab some of the precious space...

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Offshore Systems Pump Control and Tank Display

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2008

Offshore SystemsOffshore Systems Pump Control and Tank DisplayAs discussed in "Know the Flow", flow-based fuel management renders a tank gauge mainly useful for double-checking...

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Know the Flow

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2008

Ben EllisonThese gauges are using twin FloScan interfaces and GPS to calculate nm/gal and more.Oil! I won't belabor the pain felt at fuel docks this season, but I sure am glad to...

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How's Your "Q"?

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2008

Airmar product manager Mark Reedenaur is showing off the company's floating test lab."Come on, Mark, can't you just tell me which is the best fishfinder?!?" I couldn't help making...

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Raymarine DSM 400

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2008

Raymarine DSM 400Raymarine's powerhouse DSM 400 black-box fishfinder weighs 27 pounds, contains four independent digital sonar transceivers, and can pump up to 3 kW of ping power...

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Lowrance Broadband Sounder

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2008

Lowrance Broadband Sounderowrance has not lost its innovative scrappiness under Navico ownership. In fact it was the latter's CEO, Jens-Thomas Pietralla, who dubbed the new...

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