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Furuno SC-30 Satellite Compass

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008 | Add a Comment

Furuno SC-30 Satellite CompassFuruno's new SC-30 can sense a boat's sea motion (pitch, roll, and heave) and relationship to Earth—i.e. position, heading, COG, SOG, and ROT (rate of turn). And it feels all that with astonishing accuracy and speed, as I witnessed at least in part (see "

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Airmar PB200 WeatherStation

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008 | Add a Comment

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 boat motion. Hence the test graph below, which shows the

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Autotether

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008 | Add a Comment

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 because it's too cumbersome. I admit stupidity on this score—no letters, please—but also delight that Autotether has come along to save

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Time Zero, Live

By Ben Ellison | Posted July 2008 | Add a Comment

MaxSea's Iker and Brice Pryzo demo the Time Zero software they developed with Furuno."You must see it on water, where the technology and boat come together as one; it's so real!" exclaimed Brice Pryzo, his long arms flailing to overcome his strong French accent and mime the magnificence of his Time Zero navigation software. We

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Instruments, the New Generation

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2008 | Add a Comment

Do you like the time on your wrist expressed with traditional hands or in digital form? Or has your cellphone display supplanted wrist watches altogether? In a world of ever-increasing man-machine interfaces (MMI), we get some choices and thus develop our own preferred MMI styles. Yes, even a portable timepiece is a machine, likely the first you ever interfaced with, and if thinking of one as

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Fusion Marine Stereo

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2008 | Add a Comment

Fusion Marine Stereo MS IP500Is there a man-machine interface as successful as the iPod’s? And don’t they make huge sense on a boat, letting you take your whole music collection—plus audiobooks, podcasts, and more—aboard in

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Alpine Marine Stereo

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2008 | Add a Comment

Alpine Marine iDA-X100M Marine Digital Media ReceiverRenowned car audio innovator Alpine Electronics also has a new iPod-friendly marine stereo for your consideration. In fact, the company claims a special relationship with Apple as part of the reason why the iDA-X100M Marine Digital Media Receiver sports a "super fast" USB iPod

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KEP Marine Monitors

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2008 | Add a Comment

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 of its super-bright monitors with a more familiar brand name on it. KEP also directly markets its own line of In-Sight displays ranging from 12-inch to

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Raymarine E Series V4

By Ben Ellison | Posted June 2008 | Add a Comment

Raymarine E Series V4 Multifunction Navigation Display SoftwareIt was pure luck that my April column on maintenance ("Servicing the Circuitry") illustrated how easy it is to update a Raymarine E-Series; then along came V4, a free firmware upgrade

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Down to the Wire

By Ben Ellison | Posted May 2008 | Add a Comment

A feature about data networking wires and related minutia? I can almost feel fingers flipping the page. But wait! If you're looking at new boats or are about to upgrade your electronics, you'll likely get more satisfying results if you shop with some knowledge of the National Marine Electronics Association's (NMEA) 2000 nitty

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