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ACR RCL-300A

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

ACR RCL-300AACR's 12-inch-high RCL-300A beams a million candela of light with twin HID bulbs and can pan continuously at 12 or 30 degrees per second, controlled by up to three...

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OrSat AL-7103 MKII

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

OrSat AL-7103 MKIIAccording to Orbit Technology, this 1.15-meter (45-inch) Ku-band marine-stabilized antenna is the first of its size range to be type approved by Eutelsat and...

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WxWorx XM Receiver

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

WxWorx hard- and software packages let you monitor XM Satellite Weather with your onboard PC, and its latest receiver makes installation easier than ever. Exchangeable modules...

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Digital Antenna DA 2330

By | Posted April 2008

Digital Antenna DA 2330Subscribing to XM weather via WxWorx entitles you to a great rate on XM's multichannel-audio goodness, but you'll have to run yet another antenna to your...

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Standard Horizon HX850S

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Standard Horizon HX850SCredit due: Uniden built the first handheld combination GPS/ VHF, but the Mystic was quite bulky and expensive and is now out of production. Standard...

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Garmin GMI 10

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Garmin GMI 10The 3.5-inch color screens on Garmin's new do-it-all instrument heads looked bright and sharp at the European trade show where I saw them previewed, and they should...

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Managing the Waterway: Electronic Charts 2008

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Managing The Waterway: Electronic Charts 2008It may be an Intracoastal Waterway guide publisher, but the name Managing the Waterway doesn't do this company justice. Neither does...

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MatsyOnBoard SMART9522

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

MatsyOnBoard SMART9522 MatysOnBoard is a little like Spot, as it uses a satphone system's SMS facilities—in this case, Iridium's—to send one-button-push distress...

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GME Emergency Beacons

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

GME Emergency BeaconsThough GME has been manufacturing emergency beacons in Australia for more than 30 years, its EPIRBs and PLBs are new to America. The regular AccuSat 401 and...

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Simrad GB40

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

Simrad GB40Given the NX series and other new gear noted above, plus the big-yacht Glass Bridge GB60 system introduced last year, the networked, blackbox GB40 neatly fills the...

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Simrad NX40/45

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

Simrad NX40/45Simrad is refreshing almost its entire product lineup in 2008. The major themes are the extended use of SimNet (a.k.a. NMEA 2000) and the "Simradization" of...

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Hello, Spot

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

Spot measures about 4 1⁄4" x 2 3⁄4".As an innovative satellite messenger, Spot is hot, but in terms of marketing, Spot should be shot. And, thankfully, those are all the easy Spot...

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3D & G

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

The competition is fierce, and I'm not just talking about the grandiose debuts held simultaneously and almost chin-to-chin across a Fort Lauderdale boulevard the evening before...

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Simrad AP 24 and AP 28

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

Simrad AP 28Simrad's two new autopilot control heads, the AP 28 (above) and the smaller, knobless AP 24, may look like minor upgrades to the revered Simrad (Robertson) line, but...

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Navionics Platinum+

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

Navionics Platinum+As the ever-so-slight name change implies, "plus" is only an incremental change from the original multifaceted Platinum format, mainly offering improved...

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Standard Horizon CPV555

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

Standard Horizon CPV555Combine a top-the-line VHF radio with a competent chartplotter/fishfinder, and you get Standard Horizon's unusual and under-appreciated CPV series, which...

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PulseTech Xtreme Charger

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

PulseTech Xtreme ChargerWhat with the lab and a fleet of small craft, I use and abuse a lot of 12-volt batteries. Wasn't I tickled with how well the $100 Xtreme "five-stage...

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PAS-Thru Box

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

PAS-Thru BoxLife's hard; your friends are all enjoying NMEA 2000 install benefits with their new gear, and you're still struggling with an unruly mess of NMEA 0183 data...

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Glomex Polaris

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2007

Glomex PolarisSatellite TV and radio are great on a boat, since they're able to deliver clear and familiar channels most everywhere you cruise. But what about unfamiliar content?...

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Maptech Touch Screen Navigator

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2007

Maptech Touch Screen NavigatorNext month I'll profile the exciting new Raymarine G-Series and Furuno NavNet 3D systems, both of which are actually powerful PCs, though dedicated...

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ClearPoint Weather

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2007

ClearPoint WeatherClearPoint is an ambitious new weather service that attempts to go global with features similar to those that have made XM and Sirius Weather so popular under...

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KVH FleetBroadband

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2007

KVH FleetBroadbandThe good news is that the advent of Inmarsat's FleetBroadband in November means that a yacht cruising almost anywhere from the U.S. West Coast eastward to...

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Black Box Wideband Receivers

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2007

The seven-inch Alden AE-3300 alongside the Icom R2500 with its second, non-PC control head.Wideband is not broadband. If you boat far from civilization, you'll still find even a...

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Freestyle Audio Sport MP3 Player

By | Posted November 2007

Freestyle Audio Sport MP3 playerSo I not only tested the Freestyle water- and shockproof Sport MP3 music player, but also my ability to windsurf like I once could. Unfortunately I...

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Swift Hitch

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2007

Swift HitchAs the name implies, this $309 wireless color camera and display are meant to make hitching a vehicle to a trailer easy, and they do. Features that help: The image can...

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Lowrance LVR-880 VHF/FM Radio

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2007

Lowrance LVR-880 VHF/FM RadioIn a world with so many VHF choices, two features on the Lowrance LVR-880 are especially noteworthy. One, it can receive stereo FM stations, even cut...

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