Mapping the Sea Floor with Lasers
The next step in mapping, LiDAR utilizes high-tech lasers to give us the most accurate maps yet.
The Simrad S5100 has three independent sonar channels that offer high-resolution sonar function throughout water column depths. With the S5100 boaters and anglers can link to either three single-channel transducers or an array including one dual-channel and one single-channel.
Vesper Marine has added new functionality to its black-box XB-8000 AIS transponder. The system adds a layer of safety through active alarms that monitor potential collision threats and alert the user. According to Vesper Marine, smartAIS uses navigation-sensor, GPS, and AIS data to prioritize alerts.
Deputy Editor Jason Y. Wood checks out the new Garmin Phantom Radar.
The makers of the iNavX marine navigation mobile app have improved its function and practicality to make the data that boaters need more accessible. The app, introduced in 2008, brought a variety of cartography sources to Apple iOS iPhones and iPads.
Vesper Marine explores innovative ways to use AIS and employ the powerful warning and messaging capabilities embedded in the system. The company just launched a project to mark a no-anchor zone over some seabed power cables and we saw it in action.
How Vesper Marine is using AIS to create virtual buoys to protect power cables for the New York Power Authority in the Long Island Sound.
Garmin released new versions of its proprietary BlueChart cartography earlier this year, and improved the accuracy of its underwater structural details, including 1-foot HD fishing contours.
AIS is a powerful system for helping boats avoid collisions, but that's just scratching the surface of its capability. Case in point: A smart virtual buoy system coming online soon that will protect power lines on the seabed of Long Island Sound.
Earlier in the year two U.S. Navy Riverine Commnad Boats found themselves embarrassingly off course in Iranian waters. The Navy blamed navigational error but is that what really happened? Capt. Bill Pike conducts an exclusive investigation.
A former educator used careful planning to find a helm setup within his budget for a Transatlantic cruise to the Baltics and beyond on his Kadey-Krogen 42.