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by Ben Ellison

Garmin VIRB HD Video Camera

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2014 | Add a Comment

Looking to record lasting memories of your time aboard? The Garmin VIRB HD digital video camera has image stabilization to make your movies rock steady even when the seas kick up.

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Humminbird Ion Multifunction Display

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2014 | Add a Comment

The new multifunction display we tried from Humminbird.

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Nobeltec TimeZero iPad App

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2013 | Add a Comment

I haven’t actually cruised with the Nobeltec TimeZero iPad app yet but I was able to preview it before it made it to the iTunes store last week and I have already seen its excellent (Bad Elf Pro-powered) tracking while underway in car and dinghy...

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Garmin GMI 20

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2013 | Add a Comment

Say hello to the Garmin GMI 20, a NMEA 2000-ready instrument that notably gave me a long list of possible fuel tank labels like Port, Center, and Aft...

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Aquabotix HydroView

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2013 | Add a Comment

PMY Tested: The remote-controlled underwater camera vehicle you control with your iPad.

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Wilson Marine SOHO 60 Cellular Booster

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2013 | Add a Comment

PMY Tested: The SOHO 60 Cellular Booster from Wilson Electronics.

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Garmin BlueChart Mobile

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2013 | Add a Comment

There was significant news regarding Garmin’s BlueChart Mobile app (BCM). In fact, anyone with a relatively current iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone—that is, one that’s running iOS 6 or better—can download the basic and free BlueChart app right now.

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Maretron DSM150

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2013 | Add a Comment

Over the years Maretron has developed an amazing array of NMEA 2000 sensors and other utility hardware, many of which aren’t available elsewhere and all of which can be displayed, alarmed, configured, and managed with a DSM150.

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Aboard a Boat Electronics Guru's Test Lab

By Ben Ellison | Posted March 2013 | Add a Comment

Cruising more than 1,000 miles with an absurd amount of electronics on a great boat—The Author’s Gizmo—Power & Motoryacht’s returning electronics guy takes product testing to a new level.

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Broadband Radar

By Ben Ellison | Posted February 2009 | Add a Comment

It’s long past time that the magnetron was consigned to the dust bin of maritime history,” enthused Larry Brandt, a commenter on my electronics blog who is both a professional mariner and a radar tech with experience working on everything from 60-ton 1960’s Air Force sky scanners to the super-compact, super-high-performance solid-state sets

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