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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...

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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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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