Electronics+Navigations

A New Onboard Headset Option

by Ben Ellison, Posted December 16, 2014
SAIL electronics editor, Ben Ellison, says Bluetooth-equipped My Team Talks headsets are an outstanding piece of gear for those who want to make sure all hands know what's going on when, say, anchoring in a stiff breeze.
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.

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 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...

Puckster

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2009
If you sail on a small boat without electronics, you may appreciate having some basic speed and heading data to help dial in your tactics and sail trim. Velocitek’s new Speedpuck is a handheld GPS receiver that displays your course and speed over ground and allows you to record—and later download—the data so you can compare your performance against other boats. This clever device also displays

LED Nav Lights

by Sail Staff, Posted November 4, 2005
Hella Marine’s NaviLED PRO navigation lights look tailor-made not only for trailersailers and smaller cruisers with limited battery capacity, but for offshore and bluewater boats that need to conserve energy. They come in 2- and 3-mile versions that meet all international requirements for navigation lights. They consume only one-tenth the power of their filament-bulbed equivalents and, like all

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
The new e7 line of multifunction displays is packed with features and signals a new, sleeker look for longtime navigation equipment manufacturer Raymarine. The e7 can be networked with up to six displays and includes Raymarine’s proprietary HybridTouch technology, which allows users to choose between touchscreen or keypad control.In addition to networking with everything from your radar to
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.
Raymarine’s new iTC-5 instrument transducer converter and i70 multifunction instruments let you bring the latest digital instrument technology to your boat without the hassle of changing out your analog transducers.
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