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Electronics

Offshore Systems Fuel Gauge

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

Offshore Systems’ nifty fuel gauge is built into a stainless steel deck fitting, right where you want it. One version, costing $349, can be used with existing analog tank-level...

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BilgeWatch 8

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

The trouble with automatic bilge pumps is that they can hide a slowly building leak. The BilgeWatch 8 takes care of that issue, monitoring one to eight pumps simultaneously,...

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Last Call VHF Repeater

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

Last Call is the good idea of a professional skipper in Puget Sound, Washington. Superficially it is simply an improved speaker for your VHF, but inside is a chip that constantly...

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Sailor’s Solutions Sensibulb

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

While all LED interior lights are long-lasting and energy-efficient, the quality of their light can vary significantly. The SensiBulb lives up to its claim: the warm color,...

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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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Argonaut Tflex-G615

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

Argonaut has broken a significant price barrier with the $995 waterproof and sunlight-viewable Tflex-G615 monitor. Its claim of an enormous 2,000-nit illumination equivalence may...

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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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SolLight LightShip

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

The LightShip’s LEDs may be ordinary, even somewhat wimpy, but it gives you a choice of regular white or red save-your-night-vision colors, and it’s both waterproof and solar-...

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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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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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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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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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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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