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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...

Stay true with the latest cartography

By | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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Have Electronic Devices Evolved Too Far?

By | Posted December 2011 | Add a Comment

As our relationship with electronics continues to change, we need to know what we want now more than ever...

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Si-Tex Vector 3D

By | Posted November 2011 | Add a Comment

Si-Tex has introduced a new, ultra-compact GPS compass that it says is the smallest on the market...

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Digital Deep Sea CLA1000

By | Posted November 2011 | Add a Comment

Digital Deep Sea CLA1000: Communicate information with commercial and recreational mariners...

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Understanding what DSC can do

By | Posted November 2011 | Add a Comment

Very few boaters have taken the two simple steps tto make the most of this life-saving technology...

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