Electronics+Navigations

I started using iRegatta in December, and I’m not sure I’ll sail without it again. Although I’m primarily a cruiser and the app is nominally for racers, it provides an impressive amount of real-time and historical data that all will find useful.

B&G ZG100 GPS antenna

by Adam Cort, Posted September 16, 2013
Navico recently organized its various products so that B&G is its sole dedicated sailing line, and the brand’s dedication to all things sailing—whether it be daysailing or racing at the grand prix level—is evident in the new ZG100 high-precision GPS antenna.
Aimed at both the professional and leisure markets, Simrad’s HH36 is packed with features: integrated GPS, Class D DSC and a large screen that can, in a pinch, be used as a basic mini-plotter.

Rugged LED Nav Lights

by Adam Cort, Posted June 27, 2013
Hella marine’s NaviLED PRO series bi-color LED nav lights feature a sealed, UV-resistant, high-impact housing that will last as long as the LEDs it contains.

Icom IC-M73 Plus

by Peter Nielsen, Posted June 24, 2013
There have been a few times when I’d have given a lot to be able to replay a VHF call. This submersible handheld constantly records the last 60 seconds of transmissions that have broken squelch on whatever channel(s) you are tuned to or scanning, which you can recall at the press of a key. 
The latest generation of B&G’s Zeus MFD is jam-packed with features that will mean nothing to our powerboating brethren but bring smiles to both cruising and racing sailors. 
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.
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