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 within range.
How To Double Down on Radar
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 makes it easy to rig without crimping the cables you’re plugging in.
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 eliminating blind spots.
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 make a lot of sense.
Learn how the loss of human lives and the high cost of search and rescue operations has the U.S. Coast Guard eyeing a mandate that would require rescue beacons to be carried onboard.
The "HM" stands for "Handheld Marine", you can take it on your tender for those moonless treks back to the boat.
The Federal Communications Commission has approved for use the SafeLink R10 Survival Recovery System (SRS). Designed to be attached to a PFD and activated by its wearer, the R10 SRS uses GPS and Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology to send structured alerts with precise location information to AIS-equipped vessels within a 4-mile radius.
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 at the helm.
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 more safely.
WatchMate Vision, revealed at the Miami International Boat Show—and winner of an Innovation Award at the show—is the first dedicated Class B AIS transponder with touchscreen control.
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.
Defending the bandwidth for GPS.We’ve all had voyages that weren’t quite what we signed up for when we first got into boating—trips in which the wind and sea on the nose have made passagemaking quite a bit slower—and less fun—than it’s meant to be, and when rain has reduced the passing scenery to intermittent glimpses of a gray smudge. But suppose, just when the first sight of harbor lights promises the reward of shore power, showers, and a decent meal—your plotter loses its fix. Wouldn’t that just put the cherry on it? That could become absolutely standard if one particular company has its way.
OceanView has added an option called SteadyView, a form of stabilization that is designed to remove the effects of unwanted camera movement, to its Apollo range of dual-sensor cameras.
Know how the components of your helm—and the rest of the boat—communicate.
Think about each component of your boat’s electronics to create a powerful system that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
You can’t put a price on your family’s lives.” It’s a simple sales pitch that is used to sell all kinds of safety equipment from liferafts to flashlights—including some devices that are little better than snake oil. But amongst the acronym-heavy selection of electronics there are a few systems that really could be lifesavers...
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When it bought Raymarine, thermal-imaging specialist FLIR had just introduced a range of handheld thermal imagers...
As our relationship with electronics continues to change, we need to know what we want now more than ever...
Digital Deep Sea CLA1000: Communicate information with commercial and recreational mariners...
Very few boaters have taken the two simple steps tto make the most of this life-saving technology...
The National Marine Electronics Association sets the standards for certifying electronics installers.
For boaters who don’t go far from the coast, a Pay-As-You-Go Weather Receiver: Get a day’s worth of weather data on your plotter for $5...
Passagemakers can find different sources for WX information as their voyage progresses and adjust their plans based on current data.
Cutting the Fat
Personal locator beacons get slim and trim
There seems to be something of an arms race going on between rival manufacturers to produce the smallest and lightest PLB on the market: Kannad’s Safelink Solo is already narrowly beaten by the FastFind models (with or