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Upgrade or Download?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted October 2009

It’s always nice to buy presents for the one you love—even if it is difficult, sometimes, to persuade your wife that the boat needs a new plotter more than she needs that designer...

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GPS Ailing and Failing?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2009

Garmin Colorado 400C still better than a sextant even if the GPS is getting old ($599.99 MSRP; www.garmin.com)There is growing concern that GPS performance may soon start to...

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The End of the GPS Monopoly?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2009

Russian technicians fit a cluster of three Glonass satellites to a booster rocket.Sometime in the last few years of the 20th century, a new term was added to the everyday...

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Automatic Autopilot

By Capt. Bill PikePaul Brou | Posted May 2009

John Redmond of Redmond Marine Electronics in Destin, Florida, does some pre-assembly in Betty Jane’s saloon.Hand-steering my 1988 Grand Banks 32 Betty Jane for hundreds of miles...

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Si-Tex T-900 Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2009

Not all boaters, not even techy ones, enthusiastically embrace multifunction navigation electronics, let alone new-fangled solid-state radar. The conservative bullet points are,...

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FLIR M-Series

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2009

FLIR’s methodical two-year entry into the recreational marine world has been a thing to behold. Both its products, the popular entry-level Navigators and powerful Voyagers, and...

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MySiMON

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2009

Photography by Palladium TechnologiesWhile Fusion's super safe iPod dock is reassuring (see main story), there are increasing reasons to risk carrying one around on deck. On top...

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Furuno FA-50

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2008

Photo courtesy of FurunoFuruno's FA-50 is also an unusual Class B AIS transponder. While every other model mentioned in this column, including the two Simrads, is based on a...

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iNavX

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2008

Courtesy of iNavXYou may have heard that Apple's new 3G iPhone includes a GPS but did you know that someone has already developed a good $50 marine navigation program for it?...

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Planar LX Mariner

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2008

Ben EllisonPlanar LX MarinerThe global display company Planar has entered the little marine world with quite a splash. Its three new LX Mariner touchscreen PC monitors—eight-, 12...

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ACR GlobalFix iPro

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2008

Courtesy of ACR ACR GlobalFix iProACR's new iPro GPS EPIRB earns its "next generation" marketing tag on three counts, the most obvious one being the reassuring and...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Standard Horizon HX850S

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Standard Horizon HX850SCredit due: Uniden built the first handheld combination GPS/ VHF, but the Mystic was quite bulky and expensive and is now out of production. Standard...

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Managing the Waterway: Electronic Charts 2008

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

Managing The Waterway: Electronic Charts 2008It may be an Intracoastal Waterway guide publisher, but the name Managing the Waterway doesn't do this company justice. Neither does...

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Simrad NX40/45

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

Simrad NX40/45Simrad is refreshing almost its entire product lineup in 2008. The major themes are the extended use of SimNet (a.k.a. NMEA 2000) and the "Simradization" of...

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Simrad AP 24 and AP 28

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2008

Simrad AP 28Simrad's two new autopilot control heads, the AP 28 (above) and the smaller, knobless AP 24, may look like minor upgrades to the revered Simrad (Robertson) line, but...

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