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NVTi 6000 Series Night Vision Camera

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2006 | Add a Comment

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 sleek industrial design, even in cabin top gear—obvious care was taken to beautifully sculpt the 6000 series housing. Triple eye candy aside, check this list of new performance

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Humminbird 997c Combo NVB

By Ben Ellison | Posted November 2006 | Add a Comment

The new top of Humminbird's fast-growing electronics line seems capable, as deconstructing its model name suggests. SI means that the 957c, besides doing "normal" dual-frequency fishfinding, can push out a wide, 600-kHz swath whose returns build a photo-like "sonar image" of bottom structure up to "150 feet down and 240 feet to each side." Note the detail on

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VEI DM Series Monitors

By Ben Ellison | Posted October 2006 | Add a Comment

VEI’s new DM series monitors show how an assortment of seemingly minor developments can add up to what may well be a breakthrough product line. The visible bezel, for instance, is strictly cosmetic and easily removed, meaning that VEI can stock it in numerous colors, wood grains, and carbonfiber styles. That also means that the real bezel underneath is

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Furuno FCV-620 Fishfinder

By Ben Ellison | Posted October 2006 | Add a Comment

Furuno’s claims about the benefits of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) in its new 5.6-inch FCV-620—its ability to suppress noise and maximize automatic fishfinding in varying conditions—sound a lot like Raymarine boasting about its High Definition Digital technology. So I was intrigued to test the 620 side by side—same transducer—with a

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Krill Monitoring System

By Ben Ellison | Posted October 2006 | Add a Comment

The goal of Krill Systems is to make the elegant and informative monitoring we often see on megayachts possible on the boats most of us cruise in. The solution is a flexible system that employs two types of Sensor Pods—one for all things electrical (shown at right), the other for tanks and switches—and an efficient program called SoftDisplay (shown below). The

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Airmar PC WeatherStation

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

It’s astounding how many sensors are packed into that 23/4-inch-diameter housing: ultrasonic wind, GPS, compass, accelerometer (pitch and roll), thermometer, barometer, and humidity. That means, among other things, that Airmar’s WeatherStation can separate apparent wind activity from boat motion and, thus, deliver true wind speed and direction to most any

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Maretron Weather Station

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

Maretron’s $699 Weather Station is as ambitious as Airmar’s but itself only senses wind—again ultrasonically, which means both accurately and without moving parts—plus temperature, pressure, and humidity. That’s because it uses the NMEA 2000 protocol, which is far better than 0183 at combining and distributing data. Hence a 2000-compliant display

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Garmin 3210, 478, and G2 Cards

By Ben Ellison | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

Garmin offers so many plotters these days! The 32xx series—in 05, 06, and 10 models, i.e. screen sizes—is an update to the top-of-the-line networked 30xx series, still in production, the major difference being that all U.S. charts, in the new BlueChart G2 format, are now built right in. Shown is a $2,667 3210, which is running an optional G2 chart card that adds

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Navionics NavPlanner

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2006 | Add a Comment

If Navionics charts come on standard CF and SD memory card formats, why do you need the special card reader shown to view them on a PC? The answer—that Microsoft operating systems would not provide the expected file security—supposedly played a large part in NavPlanner’s much-delayed release and its $129 price tag. But Navionics itself has to take

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Northstar Radar Unit

By Ben Ellison | Posted August 2006 | Add a Comment

Brunswick New Technologies Marine Electronics (BNTME), is calling its new Northstar and Navman radar units "the industry’s first High Definition (HD) Digital Radar solution." Five available scanners, ranging from a 2-kW, 18-inch radome to a 25-kW, 84-inch open array, will work with either the 6100i or 8000i multifunction displays (and the smaller units will also

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