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.

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...

Keep Your Monitor in the Clear

by Adam Cort, Posted December 21, 2009
All too often the problem with cockpit navigation monitors is keeping them in clear view when you’re under sail. Take a seat immediately behind the helm, and life is good. But find a comfy perch steering to windward, and the next thing you know you’re continually having to crane your neck to keep an eye on where you are with respect to those pesky shallows off to leeward; same can be said for

Port Networks MWB

by Sail Staff, Posted September 9, 2006
Port Networks’s approach to maximized marine WiFi is to minimize coaxial loss by packing a high-powered radio and 5.5-dB antenna into a waterproof box for deployment on deck whenever you’re docked or moored. Both power and signal run through a no-loss 25-foot Ethernet cable. While the $349 MWB-200 will usually find the best available WiFi signal automatically, complete control software is

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
Imtra’s Side-Power SEP series DC thrusters have a variable power control—as opposed to a simple on-off switch—to help you get your boat in and out of tight spots. 
The SoliCharger functions as a carrying case, charger and speaker system for iPhones, iPods, cell phones, MP3 players or even a Sony PlayStation.

Wireless AIS

by Adam Cort, Posted April 29, 2013
You can now access critical AIS information the conventional way—via a chartplotter and NMEA or USB connection—or wirelessly using a smartphone or tablet with Vesper Marine’s Class B AIS XB-8000 WiFi transponder.
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