by Sail Staff, Posted September 9, 2006Pocket Navigator’s latest 5.0 release can run on “Smartphones”— cellphones using the Windows Mobile operating system. The test unit worked nicely with a Bluetooth wireless GPS, its 1-gigabyte memory card offered ample raster-chart storage, and the keypad-driven interface was good enough for backup plotting. But what’s really impressive is how the Pocket Navigator easily fetches and overlays NOAA
by Sail Staff, Posted December 18, 2007Being able to look ahead under water is a great advantage when you’re entering unknown waters. EchoPilot’s new Forward-Looking Sonar (FLS) Platinum Series can see 660 feet ahead and 330 feet down, while it simultaneously displays bottom depth and boat speed. The system displays objects with stronger echoes in different colors from those with weak signals. The Platinum Series is available either
by SAIL Editors, Posted May 2, 2014Standard Horizon’s GX2200 MATRIX AIS/GPS radio features a built-in, 66-channel antenna on the front panel, so sailors don’t have to...
by SAIL Editors, Posted January 9, 2015Garmin’s GNX 20 and 21 instruments allow trimmers, drivers and navigators to get all the information they want, when they want it, no matter what the conditions. Measuring 4in across, the glass-bonded, monochrome displays feature over 50 different vessel parameters, including depth, wind, speed, course over ground, distance to waypoint and other navigational data.
by Sail Staff, Posted September 9, 2006This is one tough tiny camera. I dunked it into Boston Harbor, even photographed the muck, rinsed it under the tap, and it’s still snapping photos. Olympus’s Stylus 720 SW is shockproof, has a 3X zoom lens, and takes digital photos as large as 7.1 megapixels. Moreover, it offers 28 shooting modes, ranging from standards like “portrait” to more-esoteric operations like shooting “through glass.”
by Sail Staff, Posted December 18, 2007SeaCAS’s new Rendez-vous Tender Information System uses AIS and radio-communications technology to create a private wireless network that allows you to monitor the location and condition (bilge and fuel levels, battery voltage, and oil pressure) of your tender from up to 20 miles away (farther if the signal can be mirrored off other yachts/tenders on your network). The system also allows a tender