Vesper Marine has added new functionality to its black-box XB-8000 AIS transponder. The system adds a layer of safety through active alarms that monitor potential collision threats and alert the user. According to Vesper Marine, smartAIS uses navigation-sensor, GPS, and AIS data to prioritize alerts.
Furuno has increased the available power for its X-band recreational radar, and added to the available radar performance for users of the TZTouch and TZTouch2 displays. Anglers will flock to the bird mode feature, in which birds are readily marked without tuning the unit, and then tracked simply with an echo trails feature.
When something goes wrong with the electronics on your boat, do you know what to do? Here are some tips to get you started, along with some expert advice on how to think about your system.
Vesper Marine explores innovative ways to use AIS and employ the powerful warning and messaging capabilities embedded in the system. The company just launched a project to mark a no-anchor zone over some seabed power cables and we saw it in action.
The McMurdo SmartFind M5 AIS Class A is a transponder that provides name and navigation data from other vessels and can be integrated with a variety of chartplotters and networked systems, including a PC system using the PC AIS viewer included with the unit.
Power & Motoryacht Tested: Pyrotechnic flares have been a Coast Guard requirement for decades for one simple reason: they work. At night—and even during the daytime—light and smoke from a pyrotechnic are visible from miles away. But traditional flares have limitations.
Get weather data the way you want it: Up to date and on the screen
With a higher-resolution sensor than its predecessors, the FLIR Ocean Scout 640 makes it easier to identify targets in extreme low-light conditions.
A former educator used careful planning to find a helm setup within his budget for a Transatlantic cruise to the Baltics and beyond on his Kadey-Krogen 42.
Get comfortable with your radar, and it will help make you more comfortable at the helm in all conditions.
The PS60 allows Garmin to add performance to its triple-threat Panoptix sounder system.
Electronic charts are great, no doubt. But the second you start thinking they’re foolproof is the second you’re in trouble. Here’s how to avoid the pitfalls.
The Vestas Wind debacle raises points about maximizing your radar picture.
While many boaters rely on a weather forecasts generated thousands of miles away, all the information you need to make good decisions may be right outside your window. Here's how to make the most of it.
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 electronics are making your path a bit clearer read this.
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.
You know that AIS helps you avoid collisions, but you may be surprised at exactly how it works. Read this to find out more.
It used to be that if it was too foggy out, you simply didn’t use your boat. No longer. Developments in electronics have made it so boaters can navigate nimbly and safely through the thickest pea soup Mother Nature can whip up.
Why GPS could be more dangerous than you think.
GPS is a fantastic tool, but it’s still only a tool. The person that operates it is ultimately responsible for using it correctly and getting safely to his destination. We investigated the pitfalls of being overly reliant on GPS.
Whether you’re looking to get a brand-new boat or upgrade the boat you have, the autopilot may play a big role in how you feel about that boat. And the way technology is changing, you may find a whole new reason to love boating. See what we’re talking about here.
Just when you thought onboard gadgetry had reached its limit, FLIR has introduced a thermal imager with technology previously unavailable to civilians like us. Have a look at the latest system here.
Thermal imaging works just fine in daylight, but can it cut through sight-reducing mists?
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 electronics, and come at an affordable price point.
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.
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 about it and shares what he learned here.
FLIR Helps Boaters Know What They’re Seeing
Night vision is cool technology, no doubt about it. But interpreting what you’re seeing on a thermal-imaging scope is not always be simple—until now. Instalert is FLIR’s answer to that. See what it does here.