Safety

Furuno 21x7BB

By Tim Bartlett | Posted April 2011

The View from the BridgeNew Class B AIS Targets DisplayAIS clutter may (one day) be more of a problem on small screens than on big ones but that doesn’t mean that the big-ship...

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AIS Watchmate

By Tim Bartlett | Posted April 2011

Clearing the AIS Log JamOnce skeptics thought AIS wasn’t worth the bother. Now they worry the technology is working too well.For about the same price as a pair of midrange...

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Review of night imaging products

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2011

Night MovesThere's more than one way to see in the dark.RAYMARINE CAM100 is a low-light video camera with built-in infrared lighting. $700You wouldn’t think much of a piece of...

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Smoke Alarms for Your Boat

By Catherine Pearson | Posted May 2010

A 75-footer heading from Naples, Florida, to the Bahamas stopped for what promised to be a relaxing night in Miami. The seven guests onboard—five college-age passengers, the...

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A Sirius/XM Development

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2010

A Sirius/XM DevelopmentFinally—dependable, detailed, real-time weather info onboard.Sirius/XM services offer weather station and buoy reports (left), animated frontal boundaries (...

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Stay Safe WITH AIS

By Tim Bartlett | Posted April 2010

Why a collision-avoidance system is must-have technology.Vesper Marine’s AIS Watchmate RX displays data from its built-in receiver on a simple, radar-like display or as a...

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Jotron AIS SART

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2010

Jotron's Automatic Identification System (AIS) SART is a search-and-rescue beacon based on AIS technology; it transmits a dedicated identity code and GPS position to produce a...

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ACR EMERGENCY BEACONS

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2010

ACR Electronics has introduced what it describes as the newest generation of Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) in the shape of the AquaLink PLB. Although less than six inches long...

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Night Eyes

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted January 2010

Eat all the carrots you want. Your eyes still can’t match the power of thermal imaging.Need proof of how well FLIR’s infrared technology works? Compare the views of the same...

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Avoiding Disaster

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2010

True Motion displays like this one have come down from the big-ship world. For collision avoidance, switch to the unit’s relative-motion mode.One foggy May morning, a few years...

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A Fatal Error

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2009

Photo by USCGThe ill-fated fishing vessel Lady Mary, docked at her home port of Cape May, New Jersey, before the incident.EPIRB manufacturers around the world are urging owners to...

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Hazardous to Your Health?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2009

Garmin pulsed radarThe microwaves that reheat your coffee are very much the same as those transmitted by marine radars, so it isn’t too far-fetched to believe that they could “...

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Search and Rescue

By | Posted May 2009

In January, thieves ran PWCs up to a 35-foot Fountain that was docked in Fort Lauderdale, cut her lines, and quickly towed her away. Within seconds, the boat’s owner received a...

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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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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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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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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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