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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...

ACR EMERGENCY BEACONS

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2010 | Add a Comment

ACR Electronics has introduced what it describes as the newest generation of Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) in the shape of the AquaLink PLB. Although less than six inches long and thus truly pocket-size, the newly approved AquaLink features an integral 66-channel GPS. Once the unit is triggered, the lat and lon provided by its GPS should guide rescuers to

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When To Go Manual

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2010 | Add a Comment

Most of the time fishfinders work great on auto mode. But not always.Fishfinders don’t just find fish; they also find the places fish are likely to be, like reefs, wrecks, and drop-offs where baitfish and predators gather. But sometimes they need a little help to do their job.Fishfinders produce short pulses of high-frequency sound that

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Make A Call, Save Some Cash

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2010 | Add a Comment

Onboard satcom is now cheaper than cellphone service. Did you know that it is now cheaper to phone home from the Bahamas or the Virgin Islands through a shipboard satellite terminal than it is through a cellphone?Verizon, for instance, charges $1.99 per minute for calls from the Caribbean to the United

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Avoiding Disaster

By Tim Bartlett | Posted January 2010 | Add a Comment

True Motion displays like this one have come down from the big-ship world. For collision avoidance, switch to the unit’s relative-motion mode.One foggy May morning, a few years ago, a 900-foot container ship heading westwards at 25 knots collided with a 40-foot yacht called Wahkuna, which until a few minutes before the collision,

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Looking Ahead

By Tim Bartlett | Posted November 2009 | Add a Comment

The Interphase IScan V90 is vertical-scanning look-ahead sonar, made in the USA. ($2,388) www.interphase-tech.com.Whenever and wherever we go offshore, it's a fair bet that the closest

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Upgrade or Download?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted October 2009 | Add a Comment

It’s always nice to buy presents for the one you love—even if it is difficult, sometimes, to persuade your wife that the boat needs a new plotter more than she needs that designer purse.But maybe you figure that now isn’t the best time to be spending big money on electronics upgrades. Well, the good news is that you can often significantly improve your

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Apollo II HD and Standard Horizon’s Plotter/Fishfinders

By Tim Bartlett | Posted August 2009 | Add a Comment

Apollo II HDOceanView Technologies has added a new dual-sensor camera to its line-up of night-vision systems.As the name suggests, the Apollo II HD is a high-definition version of the company’s popular Apollo II. Like the Apollo II, the HD combines a thermal-imaging camera with a highly sensitive low-light camera that is capable of

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Dialing In

By Tim Bartlett | Posted August 2009 | Add a Comment

Modern radars like this Raymarine C120 may hide their manual set-up controls behind menus and soft keys, but they are still worth looking for.If I ever happen to get the chance to play with someone else’s radar, I almost always set myself a challenge: can I get a better picture using manual adjustments than the radar’s automatic

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Iridium Openport

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

After conducting extensive beta-testing that included sending five terminals around the world in boats competing in the Vendee Globe single-handed sailboat race, Iridium has launched the world’s only global broadband service. Called OpenPort, the new service provides three independent phone lines and an Internet connection at anything up to 128 kilobytes

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GPS Ailing and Failing?

By Tim Bartlett | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

Garmin Colorado 400C still better than a sextant even if the GPS is getting old ($599.99 MSRP; www.garmin.com)There is growing concern that GPS performance may soon start to degrade, as the Air Force struggles to keep its constellation of aging satellites in operation.It’s been more than 30 years since

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