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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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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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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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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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Digital Antenna DA 2330

By | Posted April 2008

Digital Antenna DA 2330Subscribing to XM weather via WxWorx entitles you to a great rate on XM's multichannel-audio goodness, but you'll have to run yet another antenna to your...

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WxWorx XM Receiver

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

WxWorx hard- and software packages let you monitor XM Satellite Weather with your onboard PC, and its latest receiver makes installation easier than ever. Exchangeable modules...

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OrSat AL-7103 MKII

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

OrSat AL-7103 MKIIAccording to Orbit Technology, this 1.15-meter (45-inch) Ku-band marine-stabilized antenna is the first of its size range to be type approved by Eutelsat and...

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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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Hello, Spot

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

Spot measures about 4 1⁄4" x 2 3⁄4".As an innovative satellite messenger, Spot is hot, but in terms of marketing, Spot should be shot. And, thankfully, those are all the easy Spot...

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Simrad GB40

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

Simrad GB40Given the NX series and other new gear noted above, plus the big-yacht Glass Bridge GB60 system introduced last year, the networked, blackbox GB40 neatly fills the...

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MatsyOnBoard SMART9522

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

MatsyOnBoard SMART9522 MatysOnBoard is a little like Spot, as it uses a satphone system's SMS facilities—in this case, Iridium's—to send one-button-push distress...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rendez-vous Tender Tracking

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

Rendez-vous uses 100-watt digital radios to create a private network amongst a yacht and her tenders. The technology, proven in the railway industry, has a 20-mile range from the...

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GlobalStar 1700

By | Posted July 2007

The GlobalStar 1700 satellite phone ($999) is more than 40 percent smaller than previous models, plus it has a bright color screen and is purportedly a snap to use with a laptop,...

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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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Shakespeare CruiseNet

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2007

Shakespeare’s new CruiseNet illustrates how far cellular data can be taken. This high-end box, which starts at $1,750, combines a compact server with a full-powered, industrial-...

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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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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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