Subscribe to our newsletter

Electronics

ACR Nauticast B AIS Transponder

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

As you may recall from my March column, “Here Comes Class B,” I think yacht-level AIS transponders will be a valuable safety tool (even if there are a few glitches to overcome)....

Read Article

Riding on Penobscot Pilot

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

Huge freighters and tankers may frighten us small boaters, but they're also fascinating. I mean, how do you maneuver and dock a single-screw mountain of steel that's optimized for...

Read Article

Sea-King 9815-RJ

By | Posted July 2007

King Controls, though a major player in the RV market, is still a new guy on the block in the yachting world. Hence the aggressive $3,695 price tag on its 14-inch Sea-King...

Read Article

SeaTel Coastal 14

By | Posted July 2007

Last year KVH shook up the world of marine satellite TV with its unusually small M3 (see my column "TV on a 25-Footer?" November 2006). Even some big boats liked the idea of...

Read Article

'Lectronics Lab

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2007

Most people, including my wife, call it a "basement," but I prefer to think of the area beneath our Maine home as a multifunctional work area, and a nice hangout. The carpentry...

Read Article

Lowrance iWay 600c

By | Posted July 2007

The iWay 600c is a navigate-anywhere portable plotter featuring a bright five-inch touchscreen and a 30-gigabyte hard drive nearly filled with cartography. That includes Lowrance'...

Read Article

GlobalStar 1700

By | Posted July 2007

The GlobalStar 1700 satellite phone ($999) is more than 40 percent smaller than previous models, plus it has a bright color screen and is purportedly a snap to use with a laptop,...

Read Article

KVH M2

By | Posted July 2007

KVH has met the competition by rejiggering the original battle-beginning M3 into three models. Actually the M3st is the original—with a DirecTV receiver and IR/RF remote...

Read Article

Shakespeare CruiseNet

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2007

Shakespeare’s new CruiseNet illustrates how far cellular data can be taken. This high-end box, which starts at $1,750, combines a compact server with a full-powered, industrial-...

Read Article

Connected Cruising

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2007

Picture a spring evening that's so clear and calm you've jumped out from Charleston, South Carolina, planning to chug through the night to Beaufort, North Carolina, and thus skip...

Read Article

Paradox Marine Magellan Platinium

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2007

The marine version of the Paradox Magellan wireless security and monitoring system is earning a good reputation with boaters and insurance writers. Now the original developer,...

Read Article

SeaKey v2.0

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2007

SeaKey v2.0 is major upgrade from the original, adding an LCD interface and two-way Orbcomm satellite communications. However, the goals remains the same: to connect boaters...

Read Article

Perfect Picks?

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2007

I had two strong reactions to the idea of picking ideal marine-electronics systems for three different styles of boats. The first went something like, “Yikes, there’s a fast way...

Read Article