Electronics

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...

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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'...

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Connected Cruising

By | 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...

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Shakespeare CruiseNet

By | 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-...

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Paradox Marine Magellan Platinium

By | 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,...

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SeaKey v2.0

By | 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...

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The Road to the Future

By | Posted May 2007

GPS technology has been the major force in bringing marine route planning into the 21st century. The Navstar GPS satellite network that made its way to us after the 1986...

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VHF 101

By | Posted May 2007

When it comes to communicating on a marine VHF radio, there are no "good buddies" and no "breaker 19s." Smokey and the Bandit may have made CB radio jargon hip for a time, but a...

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Gauges to GUIs

By | Posted May 2007

Why reinvent the wheel? Faria tapped Maptech to help create Maestro.You can almost smell stacks of freshly stitched and pressed Civil War uniforms as you walk around Faria's...

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Cobra 425

By | Posted May 2007

The big consumer electronics company Cobra has gotten serious about marine VHF, introducing both this feature-packed handheld and a Class D DSC fixed radio. For instance, the $170...

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ACR ResQFix

By | Posted May 2007

ACR's ResQFix Personal Locator Beacon is 35 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than its previous AquaFix model and yet purportedly performs better. This is not so trivial when...

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McMurdo SmartFind

By | Posted May 2007

Similar to ACR’s ResQFix PLB, McMurdo has introduced a GEPIRB (GPS-equipped Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) that's smaller yet supposedly performs better. The $849, 1....

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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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