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Autopilot Garminized

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2008

Garmin's new pilot head is as stylishly informative as its multifunction instruments.The 50-foot custom Wesmac Kathleen might have been a real autopilot challenge, what with her...

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Raymarine A-Series

By | Posted October 2008

Raymarine has radically redesigned its A-Series of small plotters and plotter/fishfinders, adding AIS tracking, internal “high-sensitivity” GPS receivers, Sirius Satellite Weather...

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Cobra MR F300 BT

By | Posted October 2008

Cobra MR F300 BTThe short-range Bluetooth wireless standard, commonly used for cellphone headsets, is now usefully making its way onto boats. So while Cobra’s new MR F300 BT may...

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Standard BH-2

By | Posted October 2008

How about a wireless Bluetooth headset designed expressly for marine VHF? Standard Horizon’s BH-2 works with either the company’s new HX760S handheld or as an add-on to certain of...

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Early Adopter

By Ben Ellison | Posted October 2008

Ben EllisonMark, Natalia, and Alexis Levey enjoying Camden, Maine, from the flying bridge of Alexis.Capt. Mark Levey is my kind of guy. When he took ownership of a new Azimut 55...

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Callpod Dragon V2

By | Posted October 2008

Callpod's Dragon V2 headsetsWhen does an everyday Bluetooth cellphone headset become a desirable boating accessory? When a pair of them can also provide a captain and mate hands-...

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Yanmar Smart Check

By Ben Ellison | Posted October 2008

YanmarYanmar Smart CheckUnfortunately you'll need Yanmar electronic engines like the BY, LY3, and SY Series (so far) plus at least one Raymarine E-120 to even consider plunking...

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FloScan FloNet

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2008

Ben EllisonFloScan FloNetHats off to FloScan for developing FloNet, one of the most NMEA 2000-friendly products I've tested. Rather than trying to grab some of the precious space...

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Offshore Systems Pump Control and Tank Display

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2008

Offshore SystemsOffshore Systems Pump Control and Tank DisplayAs discussed in "Know the Flow", flow-based fuel management renders a tank gauge mainly useful for double-checking...

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Know the Flow

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2008

Ben EllisonThese gauges are using twin FloScan interfaces and GPS to calculate nm/gal and more.Oil! I won't belabor the pain felt at fuel docks this season, but I sure am glad to...

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How's Your "Q"?

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2008

Airmar product manager Mark Reedenaur is showing off the company's floating test lab."Come on, Mark, can't you just tell me which is the best fishfinder?!?" I couldn't help making...

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Raymarine DSM 400

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2008

Raymarine DSM 400Raymarine's powerhouse DSM 400 black-box fishfinder weighs 27 pounds, contains four independent digital sonar transceivers, and can pump up to 3 kW of ping power...

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Lowrance Broadband Sounder

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2008

Lowrance Broadband Sounderowrance has not lost its innovative scrappiness under Navico ownership. In fact it was the latter's CEO, Jens-Thomas Pietralla, who dubbed the new...

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Shine Micro RadarPlus AIS-BX

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2008

Shine Micro RadarPlus AIS-BXIt's been almost 18 months since the U.S. Coast Guard approved a variety of yacht-size Class B AIS transponders, and the FCC still hasn't added its...

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Bushnell ONIX 400

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2008

Bushnell ONIX 400Bushnell's Onix 400 mapping GPS is designed primarily for hikers, but I'm not the only boater to notice its ability to deliver both XM Satellite Weather and Radio...

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Furuno DRS4A UHD Radar

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008

Furuno DRS4A UHD RadarThere's so much sizzle to Furuno's Time Zero plotting innovation, that extraordinary peripherals like its new Ultra High Definition radar and the SC-30 super...

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Furuno SC-30 Satellite Compass

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008

Furuno SC-30 Satellite CompassFuruno's new SC-30 can sense a boat's sea motion (pitch, roll, and heave) and relationship to Earth—i.e. position, heading, COG, SOG, and ROT (...

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Airmar PB200 WeatherStation

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008

Airmar PB200 WeatherStationLike Furuno's SC-30 Satellite Compass, the latest all-solid-state Airmar WeatherStation uses acceleration and gyro sensors to correct its compass for...

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Autotether

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008

Autotether wireless lanyardMy 14-foot outboard catamaran Gizmo is quick and low-sided, and I have almost fallen out of her; yet I rarely clip on the engine kill-switch tether...

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Time Zero, Live

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008

MaxSea's Iker and Brice Pryzo demo the Time Zero software they developed with Furuno."You must see it on water, where the technology and boat come together as one; it's so real!"...

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Instruments, the New Generation

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2008

Do you like the time on your wrist expressed with traditional hands or in digital form? Or has your cellphone display supplanted wrist watches altogether? In a world of ever-...

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Fusion Marine Stereo

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2008

Fusion Marine Stereo MS IP500Is there a man-machine interface as successful as the iPod’s? And don’t they make huge sense on a boat, letting you take your whole music collection...

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Alpine Marine Stereo

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2008

Alpine Marine iDA-X100M Marine Digital Media ReceiverRenowned car audio innovator Alpine Electronics also has a new iPod-friendly marine stereo for your consideration. In fact,...

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KEP Marine Monitors

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2008

KEP Marine MonitorsKEP Marine is likely one of the largest and most accomplished marine electronics companies you've probably never heard of, though you may have marveled at one...

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Raymarine E Series V4

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2008

Raymarine E Series V4 Multifunction Navigation Display SoftwareIt was pure luck that my April column on maintenance ("Servicing the Circuitry") illustrated how easy it is to...

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Down to the Wire

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

A feature about data networking wires and related minutia? I can almost feel fingers flipping the page. But wait! If you're looking at new boats or are about to upgrade your...

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