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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...

Furuno 21x7BB

By | Posted April 2011 | Add a Comment

The View from the BridgeNew Class B AIS Targets DisplayAIS clutter may (one day) be more of a problem on small screens than on big ones but that doesn’t mean that the big-ship guys are ignoring the possibility. For the past couple of years now, it’s been an international requirement that all new ships’ radars must include a facility for

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AIS Watchmate

By | Posted April 2011 | Add a Comment

Clearing the AIS Log JamOnce skeptics thought AIS wasn’t worth the bother. Now they worry the technology is working too well.For about the same price as a pair of midrange binoculars, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver can alert you to the presence of approaching vessels and tell you their names, courses, speeds, and

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Watchmate 850

By | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

Vesper Marine is a New Zealand-based company that specializes in easy-to-use AIS equipment for recreational and light commercial craft. Recently granted FCC approval, the third member of Vesper’s Watchmate range is the Watchmate 850, which has a built-in AIS B transponder and is priced at $1,099. While the transponder broadcasts details of your boat’s

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Personal Computers at Sea

By | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

PCs at SeaThese computers may be indispensable ashore, but can they really cope with the rough-and-tumble of life and work afloat?I’ve never been much in favor of using “office equipment” onboard a boat. It’s fine to use a laptop to do a bit of Web surfing, send a few e-mails, or play games, but navigation, communications,

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How to Keep Your Chart Data Up To Date

By | Posted February 2011 | Add a Comment

Top of the ChartsThere are numerous ways to keep your chart data up to date.Finding your way through shifting banks or a channel such as this one demands the very latest information.No one who has gone back to their hometown after a few years away can fail to notice how much things have changed. Maybe

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Satellite Communications For You

By | Posted February 2011 | Add a Comment

Satcom For EverymanThanks to powerful new satellites, nearly anyone can now afford to stay in touch from anywhere in the world.Last August, Inmarsat placed a billion-dollar contract with Boeing for three new satellites. Using higher frequencies than any existing commercial satcom system, they will provide land users with data transfer

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What goes on inside your LCD screen.

By | Posted January 2011 | Add a Comment

Screen Test     New displays look great in both sun and shade. Here’s why.   We all spend hours looking at LCDs at home and at work as well as on our boats. But how many of us know how they work or—more importantly—how to choose a good one? Equipment manufacturers bombard us with snippets of information, but what does it all mean? Is a QVGA better or worse than WXGA? Just

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LCD Screen Jargon explained

By | Posted January 2011 | Add a Comment

Jargon Buster

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Review of night imaging products

By | Posted January 2011 | Add a Comment

Night MovesThere's more than one way to see in the dark.RAYMARINE CAM100 is a low-light video camera with built-in infrared lighting. $700You wouldn’t think much of a piece of boat gear that stopped working or whose performance was severely reduced for half of the time. But in the case of our

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Side-Scanning Sonar

By | Posted January 2011 | Add a Comment

The Latest, But Is It The Greatest?Side-scan sonar can find structure, but can it find fish?Teamwork in action: Using side-scan, down-scan, and regular sonar to help pinpoint a wreck and ultimately find the fish.Half a century ago, Carl Lowrance revolutionized fishing by producing the first

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