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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...

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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Wireless Boats

By Tim Bartlett | Posted June 2012 | Add a Comment

Your helm may create its own Wi-Fi network and share data with you wirelessly. Pay attention now, it’s really starting to get good.

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Threats to GPS from Land-Based Signal Boosters

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2012 | Add a Comment

Defending the bandwidth for GPS.We’ve all had voyages that weren’t quite what we signed up for when we first got into boating—trips in which the wind and sea on the nose have made passagemaking quite a bit slower—and less fun—than it’s meant to be, and when rain has reduced the passing scenery to intermittent glimpses of a gray smudge. But suppose, just when the first sight of harbor lights promises the reward of shore power, showers, and a decent meal—your plotter loses its fix. Wouldn’t that just put the cherry on it? That could become absolutely standard if one particular company has its way.

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OceanView SteadyView

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2012 | Add a Comment

OceanView has added an option called SteadyView, a form of stabilization that is designed to remove the effects of unwanted camera movement, to its Apollo range of dual-sensor cameras.

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KVH HD11 TracVision Satellite TV System

By Tim Bartlett | Posted May 2012 | Add a Comment

Seamless Reception—Everywhere World-girdling TV addicts rejoice! KVH’s new state-of-the-art satellite TV antenna finally puts an end to that tedious chore of changing the LNB whenever you cross from the Caribbean to the Med.

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