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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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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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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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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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Icom M34

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2007

Icom's new handheld VHF is its first without an aluminum chassis, but it's purportedly still "military rugged," and it actually floats, a combination that fuels the company’s "...

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Perfect Picks?

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2007

I had two strong reactions to the idea of picking ideal marine-electronics systems for three different styles of boats. The first went something like, “Yikes, there’s a fast way...

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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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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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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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VHF 101

By Bill Springer | Posted May 2007

When it comes to communicating on a marine VHF radio, there are no "good buddies" and no "breaker 19s." Smokey and the Bandit may have made CB radio jargon hip for a time, but a...

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Northstar 6100i Sirius Weather

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

Also at Miami, Northstar demonstrated how the powerful soft-key interface on its 6100i multifunction displays (MFDs) can now enable users to easily mix and view all the real-time...

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Carlisle & Finch NightFinder 200

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

Combining a 15 million candlepower Xenon spotlight with a 320x240 pixel thermal camera yields more than just the efficiency of shared casing, cabling, and pan/tilt controllers....

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Garmin 5000 Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

Just as the flagship 4000 series covered in the February issue was enjoying its U.S. debut at the Miami International Boat Show, Garmin upped the ante by showing prototypes of its...

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Universal Aggravation

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

Craig Wallace DaleYes!” was the almost universal response to my idea of opening this column about universal remotes with a soul-satisfying photograph of one being smashed to...

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Furono FA30 AIS Receiver

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

The Furuno FA30’s Ethernet port means it can plug right into a NavNet vx2 network, but it also offers standard NMEA AIS output and comes with a PC AIS plotting program able to use...

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Ray218 VHF

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

Raymarine has started an impressive new VHF line with the $569 Ray218. It’s a Class D DSC set that purportedly offers the best audio specifications—like receiving...

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Murphy HelmView

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

F.W. Murphy has added chartplotting ability to its 6.4-inch VGA HelmView display—just add a NMEA 2000 GPS sensor to its network, and slip a Navionics SD chart card into the...

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BilgeWatch 8

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

The trouble with automatic bilge pumps is that they can hide a slowly building leak. The BilgeWatch 8 takes care of that issue, monitoring one to eight pumps simultaneously,...

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Last Call VHF Repeater

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

Last Call is the good idea of a professional skipper in Puget Sound, Washington. Superficially it is simply an improved speaker for your VHF, but inside is a chip that constantly...

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Charles IMcharger

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

Charles’ new battery charger is a good example of how old-time electrical manufacturers are getting into microprocessors, info screens, and boat networking—and hence into your...

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Offshore Systems Fuel Gauge

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

Offshore Systems’ nifty fuel gauge is built into a stainless steel deck fitting, right where you want it. One version, costing $349, can be used with existing analog tank-level...

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Parker Fuel-Tank Selector Valve

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2007

Yet another big-time industrial manufacturer reaches up into the electronic helm. Parker’s Fluid Control Division developed this solenoid drive selector valve so that a skipper...

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Sailor’s Solutions Sensibulb

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

While all LED interior lights are long-lasting and energy-efficient, the quality of their light can vary significantly. The SensiBulb lives up to its claim: the warm color,...

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SolLight LightShip

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

The LightShip’s LEDs may be ordinary, even somewhat wimpy, but it gives you a choice of regular white or red save-your-night-vision colors, and it’s both waterproof and solar-...

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Argonaut Tflex-G615

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

Argonaut has broken a significant price barrier with the $995 waterproof and sunlight-viewable Tflex-G615 monitor. Its claim of an enormous 2,000-nit illumination equivalence may...

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