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Safety

How to Use Electronic Charts

By Capt. Daniel S.... | Posted June 2015

Electronic charts are great, no doubt. But the second you start thinking they’re foolproof is the second you’re in trouble.

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The Vestas Wind Debacle

By Capt. Daniel S.... | Posted June 2015

The Vestas Wind debacle raises points about maximizing your radar picture.

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Know the Weather When You're Boating

By Lee Chesneau | Posted May 2015

Learn how to better predict the weather by reading this.

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How to Avoid Obstacles with Your Boat

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2015

The best way to keep your hull from getting dinged—or worse—is to simply avoid obstructions. But that’s not always as easy as it sounds. To find out some ways...

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Side-Scanning Sonar in Action

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted March 2015

Sidescanning sonar is a tremendous tool to understand what's under your boat. Check out these videos that will help improve your comprehension of what the images are showing.

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How AIS Works

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted February 2015

You know that AIS helps you avoid collisions, but you may be surprised at exactly how it works. Read this to find out more.

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How to Navigate in Fog with Your Boat's Electronics

By Peter Swanson | Posted January 2015

How you can beat fog by using your electronics

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The Pitfalls of Being Overly Reliant on GPS

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2014

Why GPS could be more dangerous than you think

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Autopilot Technology Leaps Forward

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted October 2013

What's new in autopilot technology.

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Civilian Thermal-Imaging Just Got a Whole Lot Cooler

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2013

FLIR has introduced a thermal imager with technology previously unavailable to civilians like us.

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Can Infrared See Through Fog?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2013

Thermal imaging works just fine in daylight, but can it cut through sight-reducing mists?

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FLIR MD-324 Thermal-Imaging Camera

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted March 2013

FLIR launched the MD-324 as one of the company’s MD-Series of fixed-mount thermal-imaging cameras. The cameras are simple to mount and easy to integrate into existing...

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AIS Information Overload

By Peter Swanson | Posted March 2013

Is AIS going to cry enough wolf about collision danger to make us turn it off? Peter Swanson investigates how this powerful system could overstay its welcome.

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Digital Processing Radar

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2013

Radar shows us what we cannot see, due to distance, fog, and darkness. But the way it does that is undergoing a major change, and we wanted to know more. Tim Bartlett learned all...

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FLIR First Mate II MS-224b

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted February 2013

FLIR’s new handheld thermal-imaging scope uses Instalert to help you to find your target.

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Raymarine LightHouse v5 Software

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted January 2013

Raymarine updated its LightHouse software, which directs the user experience for the company’s a-, c-, and e-Series multifunction displays.

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GOST NT-Evolution 2.0 Marine Security System

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted January 2013

The NT-Evolution 2.0 from GOST Global is a wireless marine security, monitoring, and satellite-tracking system in a rugged, marine-ready package.

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Si-Tex SVS-750 Digital Echosounder

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted January 2013

The Si-Tex SVS-750 is a dual-frequency digital echosounder with 600-watt output.

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Forward-Looking Sonar

By Peter Swanson | Posted December 2012

As Interphase Technologies joins Garmin, forward-looking sonar may get a boost.

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Shakespeare 5250-AIS Antenna

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted December 2012

Shakespeare’s 5250-AIS is a 3-foot, stainless steel whip antenna designed to meet the broad bandwidth needs of AIS transponders.

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Simrad NAIS-400

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted December 2012

The Simrad NAIS-400 is a black-box Class-B AIS transponder that connects with compatible multifunction displays to show the position and movement of all AIS-equipped vessels...

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Look-Ahead Speed on Garmin GPSMAP 7212 displays

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

How To Double Down on Radar

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Vesper XB-8000 AIS Transponder

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted November 2012

If you need AIS functionality without another screen on your helm, Vesper Marine has a solution. A black-box transponder also has a built-in 50-channel GPS, plus a design that...

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KEP Marine KCAM-IP2HD Network Camera

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted October 2012

KEP Marine’s KCAM-IP2HD network camera combines high-definition imaging with Internet Protocol (IP) functionality for a variety of onboard functions, including surveillance and...

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Simrad EG70 GPS-EPIRB

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted September 2012

It never hurts to pay attention to safety gear and keep your boat’s kit up to date. That said, the Simrad EG70 GPS-EPIRB has some clever design features and components that...

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Should you carry a rescue beacon on your boat?

By Peter Swanson | Posted August 2012

The U.S. Coast Guard may mandate satellite beacons to simplify searches.

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