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Northstar M121

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

I first knew the 12-inch Northstar M121 MFD as the Navman 8120. Now it not only has joined the Northstar family (upper right in group photo) but has gained a new little brother,...

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Here Comes Class B

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

Thanks to Software Radio's all-in-one PCB, firms like Comar coan easily produce Class B AIS units-once they are approved.That printed circuit board (PCB) at right may not look...

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Si-Tex ColorMax 15

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

The $3,179 ColorMax 15 offers good multifunction display (MFD) for the money. The 15-inch, 1024x768-pixel screen is bright and sharp, rendering full-screen video as well as any...

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Raymarine LifeTag MOB System

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2007

Unlike some safety gear, you'll never have to worry if LifeTag is going to work when you need it. That's because it's what might be called an "alarm-on-failure" system; the...

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Garmin GPSMAP 4XXX

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2007

Garmin chose the huge Marine Electronics Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam to preview an entirely refreshed marine line that will roll out during the first half of 2007, and I wasn’t...

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Hatteland Series 2

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2007

Hatteland Display, a large Norwegian manufacturer with an excellent behind-the-scenes reputation, is going public with its new Series 2 Marine Multi Displays (MMD) and Marine...

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Poly-Planar Modular Marine Stereo

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2007

One sign of how deeply Poly-Planar rethought marine stereo is that it takes a while to fully comprehend its flexibility, power, and thorough boat-worthiness. Start with the basic...

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POI'd Off

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2007

This C-Map POI data is the best available, but it's still full of errors.It's my good fortune that I get to spend many a fine summer's day hanging around beautiful, bustling...

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TR-1 Gladiator YTS Autopilot

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2006

With its YTS model, Nautamatic is finally offering a conventional control head for its unconventional yet well-proven autopilot technology. In fact, the three buttons and dual-...

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Raymarine G190

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2006

A Lauderdale line that rings true: "19-inch is the new 15-inch." We want bigger displays, and bezels are getting thin enough that we can have bigger in almost the same helm space...

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FLIR Navigator

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2006

While BMW's optional Night Vision is winning raves for its ability to help drivers see obstacles beyond their headlights, I'd argue that the same thermal technology is even more...

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Humminbird 997c Combo NVB

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2006

The new top of Humminbird's fast-growing electronics line seems capable, as deconstructing its model name suggests. SI means that the 957c, besides doing "normal" dual-frequency...

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