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Si-Tex Vector 3D

By Tim Bartlett | Posted November 2011

Si-Tex has introduced a new, ultra-compact GPS compass that it says is the smallest on the market...

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Simrad Broadband 3G

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2011

Simrad engineers have increased the peak transmitter power of the Broadband 3G from 100 milliwatts to 165 milliwatts...

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Gyrocompasses

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2011

If a gyro starts spinning with its axle pointing toward a star that is rising over the eastern horizon, it will try to tilt upwards as the star rises.

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GPS Compasses

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2011

When Columbus set off across the Atlantic, he took along a magnetic compass, but he didn’t entirely trust it. His attitude was understandable: Most seafarers of his time...

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Navionics App for iPad & iPhone

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2011

Navionics App for iPad...

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The Reason for Different GPS Positiions for the Same Location

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2011

You Gotta Be Kiddin’Can your chart (or Google Earth) give you one position and your GPS another?Some while ago I received a letter from William P. Carter, an observant...

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GPS Interference

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2011

Photos Courtesy of BoeingTechnicians at Boeing put the finishing touches on the LightSquared satellite, ready for its launch in November last year.Intentional InterferenceAs GPS...

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Standard Horizon CPN MFDs

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2011

Standard Horizon CPN MFDsCPN1010i AND 700i PLOTTERSBlurring the tenuous line between navigation instruments and computers even further, Standard Horizon’s CPN1010i and 700i...

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How to Keep Your Chart Data Up To Date

By Tim Bartlett | Posted February 2011

Top of the ChartsThere are numerous ways to keep your chart data up to date.Finding your way through shifting banks or a channel such as this one demands the very latest...

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Navico’s whispering sonar

By Tim Bartlett | Posted December 2010

Why shout when you can whisper?How Navico’s new breed of whispering sonar promises clearer pictures at greater depths.Three years ago, Navico introduced something that it...

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What’s a Navico?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2010

What’s a Navico?Deconstructing and defining an emerging marine electronics giant.When I was first introduced to Simrad’s new NSE displays last fall, I just had to ask a company...

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A Sense of Direction

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2010

The strange and tortuous search for a way to improve GPS reliability.Last December CrossRate Technology introduced its first (and so far only) product: a combined GPS and Loran...

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Garmin 6000 and 7000 MFDs

By Tim Bartlett | Posted April 2010

There are new models at the top of the Garmin series, as well, in the form of two new ranges of large-format multifunction displays known as the GPSMAP 6000 and GPSMAP 7000 series...

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Garmin 700 series

By Tim Bartlett | Posted April 2010

A recent addition to Garmin’s range is a series of touchscreen plotters whose size and price slot them neatly into the significant gap between five-inch GPSMap 600 series, whose...

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Sea-Me Dual Band

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2010

Sea-Me, the popular RTE (Radar Target Enhancer) or “active radar reflector” has been dramatically improved. The new Sea-Me Dual Band does exactly what its name...

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DeLorme Handheld Charting

By | Posted November 2009

DeLorme launched its first handheld unit less than two years ago, but has already followed up with two more.The most recent is the midrange Earthmate PN-30.Like last year's range-...

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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 Pike | 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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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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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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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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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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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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