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Whole-Boat Electronics

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Think about each component of your boat’s electronics to create a powerful system that’s greater than the sum of its parts.


Marine electronics have evolved at a blistering pace in recent years. Boaters—along with everyone else, it seems—have embraced the application of technology in nearly every aspect of their lives. But as a boater, you may find yourself at a crossroads. Should you reap the benefits of a powerful new system? Or is the risk too great that you’ll overcomplicate your helm station to the point of utter confusion? Only you can decide what’s right for you. To further your understanding, we’ve broken down some of the latest developments in four major functions of marine electronics—Safety, Monitoring, Communication, and Navigation—in ways you may not have considered. These resources may help you to think about what your boat’s systems offer and what you wish they did.

This article originally appeared in the January 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.