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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...

Distributed Electrical Systems

By Tim Bartlett | Posted April 2012 | Add a Comment

Maintaining A Balance Of Power From Your Helm. Distributed electrical systems add value to your breaker board and make it easier to use. The communications side of such a system can do much more than just switch circuit breakers on and off. Think about the location of your boat’s batteries. Now think about where your engine-room ventilation fans are. Of course, the distance separating them varies from boat to boat but I’ll lay odds that in most cases they are within about 15 feet of each other. 

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CHIRP Transducers Are Revolutionizing the Fishfinder Industry

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2012 | Add a Comment

When a CHIRP isn’t just for the birds: CHIRP transducers meet their match in sounder electronics, and the view below comes into sharp focus.

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Simrad Argus Radar

By Tim Bartlett | Posted March 2012 | Add a Comment

Seeing Far & Near Simrad adds the radar technology it developed for recreational boats to a system for ships and megayachts.

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The best monitors for your boat in 2012

By Tim Bartlett | Posted February 2012 | Add a Comment

Monitor the boat’s systems your way. Keeping Tabs on your ship’s systems has never been so simple...

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Stay true with the latest cartography

By Tim Bartlett | Posted February 2012 | Add a Comment

Chart Toppers: Many features we love about our plotters are mostly in the data, not the device. Three major players dominate the market: Navionics and C-Map (originally one company until the two founders parted ways in 1985) and Garmin. Until recently each sold its charts on its own proprietary “cards,” so it was obvious that you couldn’t fit a Navionics card into a C-Map plotter, or vice versa. Now most plotters accept SD cards like those used in phones and cameras, but there are still vital differences in the software required to read the various formats and very few “dual-fuel” plotters that read more than one kind. 

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A Breakdown of Protocol: how boats’ systems converse.

By Tim Bartlett | Posted February 2012 | Add a Comment

Know how the components of your helm—and the rest of the boat—communicate.

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Satellite communications in 2012

By Tim Bartlett | Posted February 2012 | Add a Comment

High Beams Learn to think differently about satellite communications. After all, they’re changing fast. Think about this: While AT&T charges cell-phone users $2.29 per minute to phone home from the Bahamas, one satcom company charges only $1.49 per minute from anywhere in the world. Another is offering unlimited free airtime as part of $20-per-month package. Of course per-minute airtime charges don’t tell the whole story, but satellite communication is no longer restricted to the very rich or to ocean voyagers.

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Using technology to protect your boat.

By Tim Bartlett | Posted February 2012 | Add a Comment

You can’t put a price on your family’s lives.” It’s a simple sales pitch that is used to sell all kinds of safety equipment from liferafts to flashlights—including some devices that are little better than snake oil. But amongst the acronym-heavy selection of electronics there are a few systems that really could be lifesavers...

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Handheld Thermal Imagers

By Tim Bartlett | Posted December 2011 | Add a Comment

When it bought Raymarine, thermal-imaging specialist FLIR had just introduced a range of handheld thermal imagers...

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Iridium Extreme

By Tim Bartlett | Posted December 2011 | Add a Comment

At 8.7 ounces, nearly an ounce lighter than the popular Iridium 9555, the latest Iridium satellite telephone...

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