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Simrad AI50

By Ben Ellison | Posted December 2008

Photos courtesy of SimradSimrad's AI50 is the most feature-packed Class B transponder available. Most obvious is the four-inch display with its world base map. It can serve as a...

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Autotether

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008

Autotether wireless lanyardMy 14-foot outboard catamaran Gizmo is quick and low-sided, and I have almost fallen out of her; yet I rarely clip on the engine kill-switch tether...

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Airmar PB200 WeatherStation

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008

Airmar PB200 WeatherStationLike Furuno's SC-30 Satellite Compass, the latest all-solid-state Airmar WeatherStation uses acceleration and gyro sensors to correct its compass for...

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KEP Marine Monitors

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2008

KEP Marine MonitorsKEP Marine is likely one of the largest and most accomplished marine electronics companies you've probably never heard of, though you may have marveled at one...

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From a Ship's Bridge

By John Konrad | Posted May 2008

As a young third mate straight out of the Maritime Academy, I took a job on the 873-foot S/S Cape Mohican. Nervous about standing my first bridge watch, I asked the captain for a...

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ACR RCL-300A

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

ACR RCL-300AACR's 12-inch-high RCL-300A beams a million candela of light with twin HID bulbs and can pan continuously at 12 or 30 degrees per second, controlled by up to three...

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VEI OceanView Zeus

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2008

VEI OceanView ZeusVEI, the Florida-based manufacturer of marine monitors and computers, has jumped with both feet into night-vision cameras. Its OceanView line includes five pan-...

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GME Emergency Beacons

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2008

GME Emergency BeaconsThough GME has been manufacturing emergency beacons in Australia for more than 30 years, its EPIRBs and PLBs are new to America. The regular AccuSat 401 and...

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Swift Hitch

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2007

Swift HitchAs the name implies, this $309 wireless color camera and display are meant to make hitching a vehicle to a trailer easy, and they do. Features that help: The image can...

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Nighttime Navigation

By Catherine Pearson | Posted November 2007

Craig Wallace DaleBright ChartsThe LightWedge Night Vision ($40) is one of those simple but decidedly useful products that makes you ask yourself, "Why didn't I think of that?"...

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ACR Nauticast B AIS Transponder

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2007

As you may recall from my March column, “Here Comes Class B,” I think yacht-level AIS transponders will be a valuable safety tool (even if there are a few glitches to overcome)....

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Paradox Marine Magellan Platinium

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2007

The marine version of the Paradox Magellan wireless security and monitoring system is earning a good reputation with boaters and insurance writers. Now the original developer,...

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SeaKey v2.0

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2007

SeaKey v2.0 is major upgrade from the original, adding an LCD interface and two-way Orbcomm satellite communications. However, the goals remains the same: to connect boaters...

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ACR ResQFix

By | Posted May 2007

ACR's ResQFix Personal Locator Beacon is 35 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than its previous AquaFix model and yet purportedly performs better. This is not so trivial when...

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Man Overboard

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted May 2007

Though some of life’s most enjoyable moments take place while boating, it’s no secret that Mother Nature can be unforgiving when it comes to the ocean. Indeed, the worst-case...

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Carlisle & Finch NightFinder 200

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2007

Combining a 15 million candlepower Xenon spotlight with a 320x240 pixel thermal camera yields more than just the efficiency of shared casing, cabling, and pan/tilt controllers....

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Sailor’s Solutions Sensibulb

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2007

While all LED interior lights are long-lasting and energy-efficient, the quality of their light can vary significantly. The SensiBulb lives up to its claim: the warm color,...

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NVTi 6000 Series Night Vision Camera

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2006

NVTi has really upped the ante since I trialed its already powerful night- and long-vision, multicamera 4000 series. For one thing—whereas many owners these days appreciate...

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Where's Rescue 21?

By | Posted April 2005

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Lifeguards in the Sky

By | Posted December 2003

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Live Weather at Last

By | Posted June 2003

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Safe & Secure

By Capt. Ken Kreisler | Posted May 2003

Safe & Secure - Boat Security

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Zap! Boom!

By Ben Ellison | Posted April 2003

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Thermal Imaging

By Ben Ellison | Posted January 2003

Thermal Imaging - Electronics - February 2002

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