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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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Tacktick Wireless Instruments

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2007

Tacktick Wireless Instruments Micronet Power Boat Wind TransmitterThe direction and speed of the wind are not only important pieces of information when maneuvering in close...

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AmbientNAV Alpha

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2007

AmbientNAV AlphaWest Coast-based AmbientNav has introduced a new monitor line named Alpha, as in "alpha dog." This leader-of-the-pack boast is based on high-end specs like 170-...

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Boatsense Solutions

By Ben Ellison | Posted October 2007

Boatsense solutions remote vessel monitoring systemThe new company Boatsense Solutions has applied a rigorous keep-it-simple, -rugged, and -economical approach to its single...

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Krill Black Box

By Ben Ellison | Posted October 2007

Krill Black BoxFor a while now Krill Systems has been building sophisticated sensor pods that collect all sorts of vessel info—tank levels, switching states, power...

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Interphase SE-200B

By Ben Ellison | Posted October 2007

Interphase SE-200BInterphase's SE-200B forward-looking sonar (FLS) can be neatly integrated into most any helm. Its video output can go to one or more of the many multifunction...

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E.E. Owner

By Ben Ellison | Posted October 2007

"Glass bridge? Nah...been there, done that!" That's George Wallner surprising me as we tour his splendid and almost-finished 94-foot Electra. I'm already intrigued.Billy...

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Raymarine ST70

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2007

Raymarine ST70I believe strongly that bright, well-designed color screens can communicate information much better than the grayscale ones that we are generally used to seeing on...

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KVH TracPhone V7

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2007

KVH TracPhone V7Always-on offshore high-speed Internet just became possible on yachts well under mega size. KVH's new TracPhone V7 system claims solid broadband speeds previously...

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Where To?

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2007

The four units displayed in my test lab below—ranging from the diminutive 440 all the way up to the touch-screen 5212—are a good representation of the five...

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Raymarine A60

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2007

Raymarine A60The 5.7-inch, dual-function A60 is only a minor model shift from 2006's 6.5-inch A65, but electronics designs can age well, particularly when software and value...

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ACR Nauticast B AIS Transponder

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

As you may recall from my March column, “Here Comes Class B,” I think yacht-level AIS transponders will be a valuable safety tool (even if there are a few glitches to overcome)....

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Rendez-vous Tender Tracking

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

Rendez-vous uses 100-watt digital radios to create a private network amongst a yacht and her tenders. The technology, proven in the railway industry, has a 20-mile range from the...

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Franson GpsGate 2.5

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

GpsGate started as a simple utility that let GPS data coming into a PC or PDA serial port work with many programs simultaneously. The latest $30 version extends the concept to...

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Tiki Navigator Pro

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

Tiki Navigator is a particularly straightforward charting program with a clean, colorful interface. All sorts of help facilities, like those shown, are available but only show...

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Magellan Crossover

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

In some ways Magellan's Crossover fulfills the navigate-anywhere promise even better than the Lowrance iWay 600c reviewed here last month. Compact, tough, and battery-powered, it...

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Riding on Penobscot Pilot

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

Huge freighters and tankers may frighten us small boaters, but they're also fascinating. I mean, how do you maneuver and dock a single-screw mountain of steel that's optimized for...

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'Lectronics Lab

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2007

Most people, including my wife, call it a "basement," but I prefer to think of the area beneath our Maine home as a multifunctional work area, and a nice hangout. The carpentry...

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KVH M2

By | Posted July 2007

KVH has met the competition by rejiggering the original battle-beginning M3 into three models. Actually the M3st is the original—with a DirecTV receiver and IR/RF remote...

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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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SeaTel Coastal 14

By | Posted July 2007

Last year KVH shook up the world of marine satellite TV with its unusually small M3 (see my column "TV on a 25-Footer?" November 2006). Even some big boats liked the idea of...

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GlobalStar 1700

By | Posted July 2007

The GlobalStar 1700 satellite phone ($999) is more than 40 percent smaller than previous models, plus it has a bright color screen and is purportedly a snap to use with a laptop,...

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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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Shakespeare CruiseNet

By Ben Ellison | 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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Connected Cruising

By Ben Ellison | 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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Paradox Marine Magellan Platinium

By Ben Ellison | 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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