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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Northstar M121

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

I first knew the 12-inch Northstar M121 MFD as the Navman 8120. Now it not only has joined the Northstar family (upper right in group photo) but has gained a new little brother,...

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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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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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Si-Tex ColorMax 15

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

The $3,179 ColorMax 15 offers good multifunction display (MFD) for the money. The 15-inch, 1024x768-pixel screen is bright and sharp, rendering full-screen video as well as any...

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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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Here Comes Class B

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

Thanks to Software Radio's all-in-one PCB, firms like Comar coan easily produce Class B AIS units-once they are approved.That printed circuit board (PCB) at right may not look...

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Raymarine LifeTag MOB System

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2007

Unlike some safety gear, you'll never have to worry if LifeTag is going to work when you need it. That's because it's what might be called an "alarm-on-failure" system; the...

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Hatteland Series 2

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2007

Hatteland Display, a large Norwegian manufacturer with an excellent behind-the-scenes reputation, is going public with its new Series 2 Marine Multi Displays (MMD) and Marine...

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Garmin GPSMAP 4XXX

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2007

Garmin chose the huge Marine Electronics Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam to preview an entirely refreshed marine line that will roll out during the first half of 2007, and I wasn’t...

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POI'd Off

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2007

This C-Map POI data is the best available, but it's still full of errors.It's my good fortune that I get to spend many a fine summer's day hanging around beautiful, bustling...

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Poly-Planar Modular Marine Stereo

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2007

One sign of how deeply Poly-Planar rethought marine stereo is that it takes a while to fully comprehend its flexibility, power, and thorough boat-worthiness. Start with the basic...

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TR-1 Gladiator YTS Autopilot

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2006

With its YTS model, Nautamatic is finally offering a conventional control head for its unconventional yet well-proven autopilot technology. In fact, the three buttons and dual-...

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Raymarine G190

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2006

A Lauderdale line that rings true: "19-inch is the new 15-inch." We want bigger displays, and bezels are getting thin enough that we can have bigger in almost the same helm space...

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FLIR Navigator

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2006

While BMW's optional Night Vision is winning raves for its ability to help drivers see obstacles beyond their headlights, I'd argue that the same thermal technology is even more...

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Simrad Glass Bridge

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2006

All the new features of Nobeltec Admiral 9.0 may not be built into the Simrad GB60 yet, but I'll bet they will be eventually. Simrad has clearly worked closely with Jeppesen...

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NVTi 6000 Series Night Vision Camera

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2006

NVTi has really upped the ante since I trialed its already powerful night- and long-vision, multicamera 4000 series. For one thing—whereas many owners these days appreciate...

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