Electronics+Navigations

SOS in the Digital Age

by Adam Cort, Posted June 11, 2012
Like GPS, the emergency position-indicating radio beacons, or EPIRBs, that first came to market in the 1980s seemed nothing less than a miracle. But that didn’t stop manufacturers from continuing to refine them in an effort to make them that much more effective. 
SiriusXM Satellite Radio now provides marine forecast information that can be received via select chartplotters from Lowrance, Furuno, Raymarine and Simrad. Sailors can access a similar service from XM Weather using Garmin’s GXM system.

A Personal Rescue Beacon

by Adam Cort, Posted June 8, 2012
ACR’s ResQLink personal locator beacon weighs just 5.4oz, measures 4.5in long, and features an integrated 66-channel GPS, which allows it to include a position fix in the digital 406MHz distress message it sends to rescuers via the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite constellations.
The NavNet TZtouch multifunction display from Furuno is packed with useful new features, including a Wi-Fi lash-up to smartphones and tablets. The touch-screen controls respond instantly to multi-gesture commands, while an improved RotoKey dial lets the user switch between touch-screen or twist-and-push modes.
Norway’s Navslide AS is continuing to expand its line of flexible mounts to accommodate an even wider variety of cockpit types—including those that are especially problematic.
Lowrance’s HDS Gen2 High Definition Systems chartplotters offer double the memory and twice the processor speed of the company’s first-generation HDS models to provide sailors with faster startups and menu operation, and lightning-fast panning and zooming.

Easy to See Electronics

by Adam Cort, Posted April 13, 2012
Keep your chartplotter or other smaller electronics safe and visible with this new Scanstrut Rok-Lok adjustable mount. The system includes a ball-and-socket joint with a one-handed release and an internal clamp.

inReach SatCom with GPS

by Adam Cort, Posted April 11, 2012
Stay in touch with the folks back home from anywhere in the world with the DeLorme inReach, which provides cost-effective communications via 9602 short-burst data messaging and the Iridium Satellite system. 

Raymarine Chartplotters

by Adam Cort, Posted March 1, 2012
Raymarine is already expanding on its e7 chartplotter, which has won various awards, including a 2012 SAIL magazine Pittman Innovation Award. The company’s “e” series now includes two largers versions equipped with a 9- or 12.1-inch screen.
Imtra’s Side-Power SEP series DC thrusters have a variable power control—as opposed to a simple on-off switch—to help you get your boat in and out of tight spots. 
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