Electronics+Navigations

A pair of waterproof, floating VHF radios for around $150 is an excellent deal. The HX100 Twin Pack radios are low-powered, switching between 2.5W and 1W, but this is all you need for messing around in anchorages or harbors, which is what they’re intended for.
Raymarine’s new Evolution autopilots employ what the company calls its Evolution AI control algorithms, which enable them to “perceive their environment” and then instantly calculate and “evolve” a set of steering commands to maximize performance. 
Don’t let the fact that the Sea Tow app is produced by Sea Tow Services or that you are not a Sea Tow member dissuade you from installing it. This is a great free app...

Wireless AIS

by Adam Cort, Posted April 29, 2013
You can now access critical AIS information the conventional way—via a chartplotter and NMEA or USB connection—or wirelessly using a smartphone or tablet with Vesper Marine’s Class B AIS XB-8000 WiFi transponder.

Garmin's Quatix GPS Watch

by Adam Cort, Posted April 11, 2013
The Quatix GPS watch is waterproof to 50 meters and puts an incredible amount of information right on your wrist, including everything from course over ground (COG) and velocity made good (VMG) data to an anchor-dragging alarm.

Quick and Flexible Mount

by Adam Cort, Posted March 25, 2013
The designers at Norway’s Navslide have done it again with their new Quick Mount system. Like the rest of the Navslide product line, the Quick Mount serves as an adjustable bracket for a multifunction display.

GPS with Simplified DSC

by Adam Cort, Posted March 15, 2013
An integral 12-channel GPS in Standard Horizon’s GX1700 simplifies the radio’s digital selective calling (DSC) functions. The GX1700 stores up to 100 waypoints and has a compass display that shows SOG and COG, as well as bearing and distance to waypoint.
The free app is available from iTunes and includes high-quality world charts, route management, wind GRIB downloads and ActiveCaptain integration. Routes, tracks and waypoints can be wirelessly transferred between your iPhone, iPad and Wi-Fi-enabled chartplotter.
A day on the water revolves around wind, and there’s nothing more appealing than knowing where the next breeze will come from. Many weather apps provide current conditions, but PredictWind offers accurate and reliable wind forecasts.
Raymarine’s new iTC-5 instrument transducer converter and i70 multifunction instruments let you bring the latest digital instrument technology to your boat without the hassle of changing out your analog transducers.
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