Electronics+Navigations

A New Onboard Headset Option

by Ben Ellison, Posted December 16, 2014
SAIL electronics editor, Ben Ellison, says Bluetooth-equipped My Team Talks headsets are an outstanding piece of gear for those who want to make sure all hands know what's going on when, say, anchoring in a stiff breeze.

WEST MARINE Tactical LED Rechargeable 1,006-Lumen Flashlight

by SAIL Editors, Posted December 5, 2014
Rechargeable, water-resistant, tactical-grade flashlight includes ultra-bright 1,006-lumen LED bulb and weather-resistant housing. Includes a two-way USB port to power and charge other devices, and include an AC/DC charger. Corded or cordless. Lithium-Ion battery.

Marinebeam's New Ultra Long Range Flashlight

by Ben Ellison, Posted October 24, 2014
Illuminator flashlight has to be seen to be believed. I put my camera on a tripod and simply began lighting up a number of boats and mooring buoys about 500 to 700 yards away. 
Sailboats can be remarkably noisy when it comes time to dock or anchor. The wind, the rumble of the auxiliary, the chatter of the windlass: all these things and more can make it surprisingly hard to hear what the person at the other end of even a smaller boat is saying. 

Watt & Sea Hydrogenerators

by Adam Cort, Posted October 18, 2014
Over the years, Watt&Sea hydrogenerators have steadily evolved to the point where they are no longer used exclusively by grand prix offshore racers, but are also found aboard a growing number of cruising boats. 
Edson International’s Performance Pedestals are lightweight and robust, and can be mounted at a number of different angles, including vertically, to suit a wide variety of single or dual helm configurations aboard everything from custom offshore racing boats to coastal cruisers.

Imtra Sigma PowerLED Lights

by Adam Cort, Posted October 18, 2014
The Imtra Sigma PowerLED is a dimmable surface-mount light fixture that makes it easier than ever to swap out your old dimmable halogen systems for more robust and energy efficient LEDs.

Staying in Reach: DeLorme SE Satellite Messenger

by Ben Ellison, Posted August 15, 2014
“Two way” doesn’t just refer to the fact that a DeLorme inReach handheld satellite messenger/tracker lets you text back and forth with people pretty much like a cellphone. I also tested the system shoreside by loaning a sample inReachSE model to friends Doug and Dale Bruce when they went on a cruise to some remote islands south of New Zealand.

In Search of Budget LED Nav Lights

by Ben Ellison, Posted July 19, 2014
As much as I value LED lighting, I was hesitant to change Gizmo’s navigation light fixtures. Why spend the (significant) money and refit time to save power when a big alternator is always running at the same time as the running lights anyway? 

Torqeedo Torq Trac Smartphone App & Bluetooth Module

by Sail Staff, Posted July 8, 2014
Recent model Torqeedo electric outboards have included nifty little screens showing things like how much power you have left and how much farther you can go before the next recharge. With the help of the company’s new Torq Trac smartphone app
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