Electronics

Perfect Picks?

By | 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...

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Universal Aggravation

By | Posted April 2007

Craig Wallace DaleYes!” was the almost universal response to my idea of opening this column about universal remotes with a soul-satisfying photograph of one being smashed to...

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Northstar 6100i Sirius Weather

By | Posted April 2007

Also at Miami, Northstar demonstrated how the powerful soft-key interface on its 6100i multifunction displays (MFDs) can now enable users to easily mix and view all the real-time...

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Furono FA30 AIS Receiver

By | Posted April 2007

The Furuno FA30’s Ethernet port means it can plug right into a NavNet vx2 network, but it also offers standard NMEA AIS output and comes with a PC AIS plotting program able to use...

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Carlisle & Finch NightFinder 200

By | Posted April 2007

Combining a 15 million candlepower Xenon spotlight with a 320x240 pixel thermal camera yields more than just the efficiency of shared casing, cabling, and pan/tilt controllers....

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Garmin 5000 Series

By | Posted April 2007

Just as the flagship 4000 series covered in the February issue was enjoying its U.S. debut at the Miami International Boat Show, Garmin upped the ante by showing prototypes of its...

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Ray218 VHF

By | Posted April 2007

Raymarine has started an impressive new VHF line with the $569 Ray218. It’s a Class D DSC set that purportedly offers the best audio specifications—like receiving...

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Last Call VHF Repeater

By | 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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Charles IMcharger

By | Posted March 2007

Charles’ new battery charger is a good example of how old-time electrical manufacturers are getting into microprocessors, info screens, and boat networking—and hence into your...

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Murphy HelmView

By | Posted March 2007

F.W. Murphy has added chartplotting ability to its 6.4-inch VGA HelmView display—just add a NMEA 2000 GPS sensor to its network, and slip a Navionics SD chart card into the...

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Parker Fuel-Tank Selector Valve

By | Posted March 2007

Yet another big-time industrial manufacturer reaches up into the electronic helm. Parker’s Fluid Control Division developed this solenoid drive selector valve so that a skipper...

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Offshore Systems Fuel Gauge

By | 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 | 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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