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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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SeaKey v2.0

By Ben Ellison | 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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McMurdo SmartFind

By Ben Ellison | 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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Man Overboard

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted May 2007

Though some of life’s most enjoyable moments take place while boating, it’s no secret that Mother Nature can be unforgiving when it comes to the ocean. Indeed, the worst-case...

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Gauges to GUIs

By Ben Ellison | 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 Ben Ellison | 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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The Road to the Future

By Jeffrey Moser | 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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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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