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Down to the Wire

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

A feature about data networking wires and related minutia? I can almost feel fingers flipping the page. But wait! If you're looking at new boats or are about to upgrade your...

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Hanging on the Telephone

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted May 2008

Companies like Iridium and Globalstar utilize only Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites.By last fall my brother Chip and I were ready to toss our satphone into the water and make...

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Real-World AIS

By Steve Dashew | Posted May 2008

Recent reports about the 25-foot sailboat Ouzo being run down in the English Channel by the P...

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From a Ship's Bridge

By John Konrad | Posted May 2008

As a young third mate straight out of the Maritime Academy, I took a job on the 873-foot S/S Cape Mohican. Nervous about standing my first bridge watch, I asked the captain for a...

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The Skinny on SSB

By Marti Brown | Posted May 2008

Cruisers who enjoy spending time away from crowded harbors and anchorages need a radio that will keep them in touch with friends and receive information from many different...

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Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Max Pro

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Max ProWhen Jeppesen Marine took C-Map under its wing early last year, a much-anticipated consequence was the melding of Nobeltec navigation software (NSS...

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ActiveCaptain Mobile

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

ActiveCaptain MobileLast year when I lamented on the dismal state of digital chart Point of Interest info, an exciting possible cure was the brand-new ActiveCaptain, a free Web...

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Raymarine SmartPilot X Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

Raymarine SmartPilot X SeriesRaymarine is refreshing its entire autopilot line into the SmartPilot X (SPX) Series. All SPX course computers include rate gyros for better...

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Navionics HotMaps Explorer

By | Posted May 2008

Navionics HotMaps ExplorerIf you’ve ever taken a plotter—handheld or otherwise—onto lakes, you probably know how inconsistent (sometimes nonexistent) freshwater...

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Pocket Navigation

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

If Mae West were alive, her famously bawdy trademark line might go like this: "Hello there, sailor. Is that a WAAS GPS AIO PND loaded with a continent's worth of nautical, street...

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VSAT vs. Fleet Broadband

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

With a solar cell wingspan of 145 feet, Inmarsat's new I-4 birds promise reliable, global coverage.I was annoyed! I'd found a cozy corner at the Fort Lauderdale airport with a...

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VEI OceanView Zeus

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

VEI OceanView ZeusVEI, the Florida-based manufacturer of marine monitors and computers, has jumped with both feet into night-vision cameras. Its OceanView line includes five pan-...

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FLIR Voyager

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Flir VoyagerFLIR has added active stabilization to its $74,999 Voyager camera, but what's truly noteworthy is its integrated use of dual thermal cameras. Each has only 320x240...

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