Electronics+Navigations

Anti-Anxiety Machine

by Sail Staff, Posted October 18, 2007
Do you worry about your boat when you’re not aboard? Boatsense Solutions’s KISS-principle monitoring system is an easily programmable GSM cellular modem that’s potted in epoxy. Drawing only 130 milliamps, it stands perpetual watch, ready to send text messages wherever GPRS data service is available (which is along much of the world’s coastlines). It automatically monitors battery levels, plus has
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Electronics+Navigations

NMEA Knife

by Sail Staff, Posted October 18, 2007
Originally Franson GpsGate simply enabled GPS NMEA 0183 data flowing into a PC or PDA serial port to feed multiple programs simultaneously, but now it’s something of a software Swiss Army knife. The latest 2.5 version works with all sorts of I/Os like Bluetooth and the Internet, supports multiplexing and data logging, and lets groups share their location data over the Web. Any member can see
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Racing

Racing News

by Sail Staff, Posted October 17, 2007

Recent Headlines

Alinghi Appeals Court Decision - 04.15.08Am I the only one who gets a headache when I hear the words “America’s Cup” coupled with the word “court”? I highly doubt it, especially given...

Team Alinghi Capsizes Foncia -


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Inshore Racing

Depth of Field: U.S. Olympic Trials Update

by Sail Staff, Posted October 17, 2007

By David Schmidt

No racing sailor ever wants to see a regatta determined in the protest room. But when the regatta in question is the final race in the U.S. Olympic Trials, neither the skipper nor the Olympic committee wants this to happen. But happen it did, in the hotly contested Laser class, as the two top U.S. Laser sailors, Andrew Campbell and Brad Funk, duked


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Boat Reviews

Laser SB3

by Bill Springer, Posted October 17, 2007
The SB3 (stands for sportboat for three people), hugely popular in Europe, made its American debut at the Annapolis sailboat show earlier this month. It seems to have hit the elusive target that sportboat designers shoot for—a fun, fast, durable, and reasonably affordable raceboat. To that end, there’s some carbon used in the bowsprit and foils, but the rest of the boat uses tried-and-true
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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