Electronics+Navigations

Weather Alerter

by Sail Staff, Posted November 4, 2005
The clever little AM/FM LINgo Weather Alert radio automatically scans the seven NOAA weather radio channels and broadcasts local weather information and alerts, even when it’s switched off. It will store all NOAA broadcasts too, as well as displaying warnings on its LCD screen. As if that’s not enough, the maker has built in some gadgets for you to fiddle with in between forecasts—there’s a

Be Seen

by Sail Staff, Posted October 16, 2007
Class B AIS still awaits FCC approval, but ACR’s Nauticast B will be a complete and well-made solution. It comes with both GPS and VHF antennas along with cabling capable of sending position and target information to both a plotter and a PC simultaneously. Included software simplifies setup and lets a user easily enable silent mode or send a Mayday. Testing done outside U.S. waters suggests that

On-Demand Weather Data

by Adam Cort, Posted September 27, 2011
The Garmin GDL 40 Cellular Weather Receiver allows you to display weather radar and detailed real-time weather data on a compatible NMEA 2000 Garmin chartplotter at a reasonable cost. The system uses cellular technology to download weather data from Garmin subsidiary Digital Cyclone, which provides coverage for Canada, the United States and Europe. Users can subscribe to the network annually, or

A Personal Rescue Beacon

by Adam Cort, Posted June 8, 2012
ACR’s ResQLink personal locator beacon weighs just 5.4oz, measures 4.5in long, and features an integrated 66-channel GPS, which allows it to include a position fix in the digital 406MHz distress message it sends to rescuers via the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite constellations.

A Compact and Powerful Beacon

by Adam Cort, Posted February 1, 2013
The McMurdo Fast Find 220 personal locator beacon measures just over 4in long and weighs less than 6 ounces, but is still waterproof to a depth of 30 feet and transmits for a minimum of 24 hours in a distress situation.

Davis Instruments Windex Light

by Adam Cort, Posted November 7, 2013
In keeping with the times, Davis Instruments has upgraded its popular Windex light with a bright, long-lasting LED to ensure you will be able to see what the wind is doing during even the darkest graveyard watch
Edson International’s Performance Pedestals are lightweight and robust, and can be mounted at a number of different angles, including vertically, to suit a wide variety of single or dual helm configurations aboard everything from custom offshore racing boats to coastal cruisers.

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
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