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DragQueen Anchor Alarm

By Peter Swanson | Posted July 2012 | Add a Comment

Turn a Smartphone into an Anchor Alarm As mobile devices continue to add features, clever developers find more and more uses for them. Take your smartphone with a GPS: Seems a no brainer to add an anchor alarm.

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A Cruising Adventure from The Dominican Republic to Florida

By Peter Swanson | Posted July 2012 | Add a Comment

  A delivery from the Dominican Republic to Florida on a neglected Post 42 reminds two experienced cruisers that not every boat is what it seems.

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SI-TEX SAS-300 AIS Transceiver

By Peter Swanson | Posted July 2012 | Add a Comment

The new SI-TEX Marine Electronics SAS-300 recreational AIS transceiver can track nearby shipping on a 6.5-inch screen to ensure a high degree of situational awareness for anyone at the helm.

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Garmin Thermal and Low-Light Cameras

By Peter Swanson | Posted July 2012 | Add a Comment

Garmin has introduced a line of thermal and low-light cameras. Simple control and cool target tracking mean it may be time for an upgrade that will help you use your boat more and more safely.

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Understanding Marine Electronics Screens

By Peter Swanson | Posted June 2012 | Add a Comment

Get beyond the techno-jargon to understand what your next helm screen can do.

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Delorme InReach

By Peter Swanson | Posted June 2012 | Add a Comment

A two-way satellite communicator with GPS, the InReach belongs to an exciting and relatively new category; it’s a Satellite Early Notification Device (SEND). Power & Motoryacht test the Delorme InReach. Boaters and outdoorsmen may be familiar with the original mass-market SEND, an emergency beacon and tracker called SPOT, which uses the Globalstar satellite network. InReach takes the technology to a far more useful level. Like SPOT, InReach has a tracking feature that allows selected friends and family to follow a boat’s progress via the Web, as well as through Facebook and Twitter for the social networkers among us. It has an SOS function that relays a distress call to local rescue authorities, and it can send a variety of canned messages. Like SPOT, InReach contracts with GEOS, a private dispatch center that handles SOS signals and notifies the appropriate rescue authorities.

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Furuno NavNet TZtouch

By Peter Swanson | Posted June 2012 | Add a Comment

Furuno rocked the 2012 Miami Boat Show with the release of its NavNet TZtouch multifunction diplay, the first ever to boast dual-touch screens with functionality like an iPad. Furuno engineered TZtouch to run on a powerful, advanced processor, virtually eliminating redraw time and supporting a host of actions accomplished using one- or two-finger motions.

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Vesper WatchMate Vision

By Peter Swanson | Posted June 2012 | Add a Comment

WatchMate Vision, revealed at the Miami International Boat Show—and winner of an Innovation Award at the show—is the first dedicated Class B AIS transponder with touchscreen control.

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Cell Phones vs. VHF Calling

By Peter Swanson | Posted June 2012 | Add a Comment

A DSC-equipped VHF can share your identity and lat/lon with rescuers at the touch of a button should an emergency occur. Here’s why nobody uses the system.

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