Electronics+Navigations

Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone

by Sail Staff, Posted May 6, 2011
The Iridium system has gotten more robust and now has 66 low-earth-orbit satellites arrayed in a constellation that delivers Arctic-to-Antarctic coverage. One big advantage of this system is that the company has recently decided to transition to a 2015 upgrade called “IridumNEXT” that will be backward compatible. The new satellites and software will allow current sat-phones to remain fully

KVH Tracphone V3

by Sail Staff, Posted May 6, 2011
KVH has been a long-term industry leader in antenna stabilization and satellite communication. Its latest V3 satellite phone delivers crisp voice calls, competitive data rates and faster connections. The cost per minute is now at a price point that will appeal to more than the megayacht crowd.The new V3 phone utilizes a stabilized antenna and a belowdecks-mounted controller/modem. The

Wireless VHF Remotes

by Sail Staff, Posted April 5, 2011
GHS 20 and GHS 20i full-function wireless remote handsets are compatible with Garmin’s VHF 200 and 300 series radios. They allow you to move about your boat and still have complete control of your radio. Each waterproof handset includes a backlit LCD display, soft keys, volume control, squelch and channel selection, a built-in speaker mike for use in loud environments, a DSC distress function,

Turn Night Into Day

by Sail Staff, Posted November 23, 2010
T300 and T400 series thermal navigation cameras employ FLIR thermal-imaging technology and can be used with Raymarine's E-Series Widescreen and G-Series navigation systems to pick out obstructions,, buoys and other boats in complete darkness. When integrated with the E-Series system, users can control the cameras via Raymarine's proprietary HybridTouch touchscreen feature. The cameras can be

Tank Oracle

by Sail Staff, Posted November 18, 2010
On long passages it’s good to know how much fresh water, gray water, waste, oil, and fuel you have in your tanks. Offshore Systems’s digital MultiTank Level Display allows you to monitor any four of your boat’s tanks on one easy-to-read screen via an NMEA 2000 network. You can choose to have the information displayed as bar graphs, analog gauges, or raw numbers. Alarms can be set for low and high

Faster, Brighter and Smarter

by Tim Bartlett, Posted September 21, 2010
It’s been an interesting year for everyone interested in the future of GPS. Last year, the Government Accountability Office published a report saying that it was “uncertain whether the Air Force will be able to acquire new satellites in time to maintain current GPS service without interruption.” The reason, said the GAO, was that almost half the existing GPS satellites—all designed with a

Safe, Sound and Visible

by Adam Cort, Posted September 14, 2010
Seaview Sail Pods from PYI house and protect your steering instruments while ensuring you can still see them clearly. Sail Pods are available in four sizes, with faceplates that can be custom pre-cut to order. Each Sail Pod comes with a UV-resistant ABS plastic housing and stainless steal rail mounts. Enclosed wire runs protect cables and sockets from moisture and snagging.A number of

See the Wind at Night

by Adam Cort, Posted September 14, 2010
The new Tri-Color Anchor Navigation Light from Signal Mate uses a clear window on top to allow the white stern light to shine upward. This extra beam of light then illuminates the wind vane’s reflective patches whenever the light is on, eliminating the need to click on the anchor light to make the wind indicator visible—an incorrect and dangerous practice that can be confusing to other boats in

Easy Reading

by Sail Staff, Posted August 10, 2010
Easy Reading Sailmon instruments are fully configurable, which means data can be presented in a range of different colors, digit sizes and orientations to meet your crew’s unique needs. Equally vibrant in the dark and in direct sunlight, the monitors can be mounted vertically or horizontally. Numbers can be sized anywhere from 1 1/2 in to 5 1/2 in, and the system is connected wirelessly over a
With a Racer’s Edge wind sensor from Catch the Wind Inc., it is now possible to precisely measure the wind direction and velocity hundreds of yards away. The handheld fiber-optic device—which was part of BMW Oracle’s technical arsenal for the 33rd America’s Cup—weighs about 18lb and uses a pulsating laser to detect what the wind is up to, an approach that allows it to work even in poor
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