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by Tim Bartlett

PMY Electronics Editor:
Based out of the U.K., Tim has a lifetime of experience running and writing about boats. For more than ten years, he served as the technical editor of Motor Boat and Yachting—the UK’s leading powerboat magazine. Since leaving that position in 1997, he has penned articles for various boating publications, including Power & Motoryacht’s sister magazine, SAIL Magazine. Read more here...

Understanding Modern Marine Electronics

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2015 | Add a Comment

The speed of today’s electronics may present boaters with overwhelming amounts of data in the blink of an eye, but it’s more than processing power that lets these devices deliver. Here’s what makes the difference.

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Boaters Benefit From a New Kind of Space Race

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2015 | Add a Comment

Your boat may be about to benefit from a worldwide competition to provide the best satellite navigation signals. Read all about it here.

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Are You Using Russian SatNav?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2015 | Add a Comment

If you are using a GPS, MFD, or cell phone that is less than a year or two old, there is a pretty good chance that you may be using Glonass as well as GPS without realizing it.

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How to Avoid Obstacles with Your Boat

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2015 | Add a Comment

The best way to keep your hull from getting dinged—or worse—is to simply avoid obstructions. But that’s not always as easy as it sounds. To find out some ways electronics are making your path a bit clearer read this.

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The Pitfalls of Being Overly Reliant on GPS

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2014 | Add a Comment

Why GPS could be more dangerous than you think.   GPS is a fantastic tool, but it’s still only a tool. The person that operates it is ultimately responsible for using it correctly and getting safely to his destination. We investigated the pitfalls of being overly reliant on GPS.

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Civilian Thermal-Imaging Just Got a Whole Lot Cooler

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2013 | Add a Comment

Just when you thought onboard gadgetry had reached its limit, FLIR has introduced a thermal imager with technology previously unavailable to civilians like us. Have a look at the latest system here.

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Can Infrared See Through Fog?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2013 | Add a Comment

Thermal imaging works just fine in daylight, but can it cut through sight-reducing mists?

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New Alternatives to GPS

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2013 | Add a Comment

GPS altered how boaters figure out where they are. But other, new, comparable systems are coming online soon, shifting the satellite-navigation landscape even more. Don’t worry, it’s going to be a good thing.

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Digital Processing Radar

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2013 | Add a Comment

Radar shows us what we cannot see, due to distance, fog, and darkness. But the way it does that is undergoing a major change, and we wanted to know more. Tim Bartlett learned all about it and shares what he learned here.

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Choose the Right VHF Antenna

By Tim Bartlett | Posted September 2012 | Add a Comment

Just as different hulls fare better in different conditions, so VHF antennas are designed to provide better performance. The question is: Which antenna is right for your boat? Get the most out of your antenna investment with our guide here.

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