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Safety

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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FLIR First Mate HM 224 PRO

By Eric Colby | Posted July 2012

The "HM" stands for "Handheld Marine", you can take it on your tender for those moonless treks back to the boat.

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Kannad Marine SafeLink R10 SRS

By Eric Colby | Posted July 2012

Designed to be attached to a PFD and activated by its wearer...

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SI-TEX SAS-300 AIS Transceiver

By Peter Swanson | Posted July 2012

The new SI-TEX Marine Electronics SAS-300 recreational AIS transceiver can track nearby shipping on a 6.5-inch screen to ensure a high degree of situational awareness for anyone...

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Garmin Thermal and Low-Light Cameras

By Peter Swanson | Posted July 2012

Garmin has introduced a line of thermal and low-light cameras. Simple control and cool target tracking mean it may be time for an upgrade that will help you use your boat more and...

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Vesper WatchMate Vision

By Peter Swanson | Posted June 2012

WatchMate Vision is the first dedicated Class B AIS transponder with touchscreen control.

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Cell Phones vs. VHF Calling

By Peter Swanson | Posted June 2012

A DSC-equipped VHF can share your identity and lat/lon with rescuers at the touch of a button should an emergency occur. Here’s why nobody uses the system.

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Threats to GPS from Land-Based Signal Boosters

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2012

Defending the bandwidth for GPS.

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