by SAIL Editors, Posted January 16, 2015Billing itself as the “world’s smallest PLB,” Ocean Signal’s rescueME PLB1 measures just 3in high by 2in wide and 1in deep. Specific features include a retractable antenna, 66-channel GPS receiver, fully functional 406MHz satellite transmitter, a 121.5MHz homing beacon and a strobe.
by SAIL Editors, Posted January 9, 2015Garmin’s GNX 20 and 21 instruments allow trimmers, drivers and navigators to get all the information they want, when they want it, no matter what the conditions. Measuring 4in across, the glass-bonded, monochrome displays feature over 50 different vessel parameters, including depth, wind, speed, course over ground, distance to waypoint and other navigational data.
by Ben Ellison, Posted December 16, 2014SAIL 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.
by SAIL Editors, Posted December 5, 2014Rechargeable, 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.
by Ben Ellison, Posted October 24, 2014Illuminator 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.
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.