Electronics+Navigations

In Search of Budget LED Nav Lights

by Ben Ellison, Posted July 19, 2014
As much as I value LED lighting, I was hesitant to change Gizmo’s navigation light fixtures. Why spend the (significant) money and refit time to save power when a big alternator is always running at the same time as the running lights anyway? 
While your smartphone or tablet will never take the place of your other onboard electronics, it never hurts to have a backup. Loading up with a bunch of apps to help you get from point A to point B can also be a lot of fun, whether you’re underway or planning your next cruise from the comfort of your office or living room. Here are a few we’d recommend.
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...

Navigation Gear Special

by Sail Staff, Posted May 31, 2006
Cautious sailors understandably worry that the trend toward networked multifunction electronics could lead them to simultaneous multifunction failures. But the solution may be improved system architecture—as seen in Northstar’s new 8000i, diagrammed at right—not in running separate machines. Notice that the Northstar system is “masterless”—sounder, radar, cameras, and even the various sensor
The AIS WatchMate RX from Vesper Marine is an all-in-one, standalone collision avoidance system that comes with an internal parallel two-channel Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver, which allows it to effectively identify targets at a greater range.In operation, the AIS WatchMate RX displays class A and class B vessel positions, voyage data, navigation aids, AIS safety messages

Fill 'er Up

by Sail Staff, Posted March 10, 2007
Sailors rely on batteries to power any number of gizmos, but in the case of disposable batteries, this reliance comes at a hefty cost to the consumer and to the environment. More Power 2U claims its new Battery Xtender safely and effectively recharges disposable alkaline, nickel metal hydride, nickel cadmium, zinc carbon, titanium, and rechargeable alkaline manganese batteries without

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

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.
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.

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.
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