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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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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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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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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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Hanging on the Telephone

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted May 2008

Companies like Iridium and Globalstar utilize only Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites.By last fall my brother Chip and I were ready to toss our satphone into the water and make...

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Real-World AIS

By Steve Dashew | Posted May 2008

Recent reports about the 25-foot sailboat Ouzo being run down in the English Channel by the P...

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From a Ship's Bridge

By John Konrad | Posted May 2008

As a young third mate straight out of the Maritime Academy, I took a job on the 873-foot S/S Cape Mohican. Nervous about standing my first bridge watch, I asked the captain for a...

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The Skinny on SSB

By Marti Brown | Posted May 2008

Cruisers who enjoy spending time away from crowded harbors and anchorages need a radio that will keep them in touch with friends and receive information from many different...

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Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Max Pro

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Max ProWhen Jeppesen Marine took C-Map under its wing early last year, a much-anticipated consequence was the melding of Nobeltec navigation software (NSS...

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ActiveCaptain Mobile

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

ActiveCaptain MobileLast year when I lamented on the dismal state of digital chart Point of Interest info, an exciting possible cure was the brand-new ActiveCaptain, a free Web...

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Raymarine SmartPilot X Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

Raymarine SmartPilot X SeriesRaymarine is refreshing its entire autopilot line into the SmartPilot X (SPX) Series. All SPX course computers include rate gyros for better...

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Navionics HotMaps Explorer

By | Posted May 2008

Navionics HotMaps ExplorerIf you’ve ever taken a plotter—handheld or otherwise—onto lakes, you probably know how inconsistent (sometimes nonexistent) freshwater...

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Pocket Navigation

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008

If Mae West were alive, her famously bawdy trademark line might go like this: "Hello there, sailor. Is that a WAAS GPS AIO PND loaded with a continent's worth of nautical, street...

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VSAT vs. Fleet Broadband

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

With a solar cell wingspan of 145 feet, Inmarsat's new I-4 birds promise reliable, global coverage.I was annoyed! I'd found a cozy corner at the Fort Lauderdale airport with a...

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VEI OceanView Zeus

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

VEI OceanView ZeusVEI, the Florida-based manufacturer of marine monitors and computers, has jumped with both feet into night-vision cameras. Its OceanView line includes five pan-...

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FLIR Voyager

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Flir VoyagerFLIR has added active stabilization to its $74,999 Voyager camera, but what's truly noteworthy is its integrated use of dual thermal cameras. Each has only 320x240...

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