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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nighttime Navigation

By Catherine Pearson | Posted November 2007

Craig Wallace DaleBright ChartsThe LightWedge Night Vision ($40) is one of those simple but decidedly useful products that makes you ask yourself, "Why didn't I think of that?"...

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NMEA 2000 Marries Ethernet

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2007

As if we weren't confused enough! Maretron and Furuno have both introduced important new products that marry the NMEA 2000 marine-data protocol with the speed and universality of...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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