Electronics+Navigations

Designed specifically for mounting atop masts in the interest of maximizing range, Shakespeare Galaxy Style 5440 and 5445 stainless steel, low-profile VHF marine band antennas are lightweight and easy to mount.
“Wish you were here…” Postagram, an app from Sincerely, is an easy way to send postcards right from your smartphone. This free app uploads photos from your phone, Instagram or Facebook, prints them as high-quality glossy photo postcards.
Lowrance has expanded its HDS Gen2 range to include the new wide-format, touchscreen HDS Gen2 Touch line. Available in 7-, 9- and 12-inch screen sizes, the units not only serve as powerful chartplotters, but can be integrated with Lowrance Broadband Radar.
For sailors who rely on smartphones, a good weather forecasting app is essential. Intellicast Boating for iPhone and iPad by Weather Services International (WSI) claims to be “the most technically advanced site-specific weather forecasting system in the world today,” and I tend to agree.

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

by Adam Cort, Posted December 4, 2012
Think your sailing sweetheart, your old man or your competitive kid has everything they need and more for getting out on the water? The editors at SAIL come to your rescue with practical, fun and stylish new items the helmsperson in your life won't be able to resist.
Not every sailor wants or needs a large-screen chartplotter mounted on a binnacle or bulkhead, and for these sailors there is now a wide range of smaller, much less expensive digital charting alternatives.
Stay in touch with the folks back home with the Yellowbrick 3, which harnesses the power of Iridium satellites to transmit position data and to send and receive messages from any point on the globe.

Smartphone Anchor Watch

by Donald McLennan, Posted November 8, 2012
Many onboard electronics systems include anchor-watch alarms that sound if a boat drifts too far from where you anchored it. But what if you’re ashore at that time?
While Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) have been appearing on more commercial and recreational vessels, many sailors still find it to be cost-prohibitive. As an alternative, I recently used a combination of smartphone apps and AIS websites...
The SoliCharger functions as a carrying case, charger and speaker system for iPhones, iPods, cell phones, MP3 players or even a Sony PlayStation.
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