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From a Ship's Bridge

By John Konrad | Posted May 2008

As a young third mate straight out of the Maritime Academy, I took a job on the 873-foot S/S Cape Mohican. Nervous about standing my first bridge watch, I asked the captain for a...

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The Skinny on SSB

By Marti Brown | Posted May 2008

Cruisers who enjoy spending time away from crowded harbors and anchorages need a radio that will keep them in touch with friends and receive information from many different...

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Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Max Pro

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Max ProWhen Jeppesen Marine took C-Map under its wing early last year, a much-anticipated consequence was the melding of Nobeltec navigation software (NSS...

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ActiveCaptain Mobile

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

ActiveCaptain MobileLast year when I lamented on the dismal state of digital chart Point of Interest info, an exciting possible cure was the brand-new ActiveCaptain, a free Web...

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Raymarine SmartPilot X Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

Raymarine SmartPilot X SeriesRaymarine is refreshing its entire autopilot line into the SmartPilot X (SPX) Series. All SPX course computers include rate gyros for better...

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Navionics HotMaps Explorer

By | Posted May 2008

Navionics HotMaps ExplorerIf you’ve ever taken a plotter—handheld or otherwise—onto lakes, you probably know how inconsistent (sometimes nonexistent) freshwater...

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Pocket Navigation

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

If Mae West were alive, her famously bawdy trademark line might go like this: "Hello there, sailor. Is that a WAAS GPS AIO PND loaded with a continent's worth of nautical, street...

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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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VSAT vs. Fleet Broadband

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

With a solar cell wingspan of 145 feet, Inmarsat's new I-4 birds promise reliable, global coverage.I was annoyed! I'd found a cozy corner at the Fort Lauderdale airport with a...

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VEI OceanView Zeus

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

VEI OceanView ZeusVEI, the Florida-based manufacturer of marine monitors and computers, has jumped with both feet into night-vision cameras. Its OceanView line includes five pan-...

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FLIR Voyager

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Flir VoyagerFLIR has added active stabilization to its $74,999 Voyager camera, but what's truly noteworthy is its integrated use of dual thermal cameras. Each has only 320x240...

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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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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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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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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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