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...

See and Be Seen: NXR displays

by Sail Staff, Posted March 10, 2010
It is always frustrating on a raceboat when you can’t see the numbers on the instrument display. This shouldn’t be a problem, though, with the 21/2 -inch digits on the new NXR line of instruments from Nexus Marine. An inverted LCD display makes the numbers easy to read at night without ruining your night vision. Each display can also run either a green or red background, making it clear which

Energy Conscious

by Sail Staff, Posted April 10, 2007
Few things are as discouraging as coming on board your boat, only to find a dead battery. Microlog has created two new affordable battery-monitoring systems, the DMM-3-BR (for two batteries) and DMM-4-BR (for three batteries). The monitors protect your batteries against deep discharges, provide accurate measurements of two and three-battery banks, and measure system charge, discharge, and net

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,

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. 

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?
Raymarine’s new Evolution autopilots employ what the company calls its Evolution AI control algorithms, which enable them to “perceive their environment” and then instantly calculate and “evolve” a set of steering commands to maximize performance. 

Iridium GO Satellite Phone and Wi-Fi Hotspot

by Sail Staff, Posted June 4, 2014
Imagine being able to use your smart phone or tablet almost as easily and efficiently in the middle of an ocean as you can at home. It’s now possible with Iridium GO, a rugged portable combination of 
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