Electronics+Navigations

Pocket Navigator for Smartphones

by Sail Staff, Posted September 9, 2006
Pocket 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

Forward Thinking

by Sail Staff, Posted December 18, 2007
Being 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
Truly we live in a Brave New World of electronic gizmos. The latest gadget du jour is this new AquaLens high-def underwater camera, which transmits live video to a dedicated wrist-mounted LCD screen. 
Some might say that seamanship has been sidelined by technology, with safety and security more dependent on button pushing than sail changing. There may be some truth to this. But at the same time, there’s no question that today’s technology does fill some very real needs. 

Quick and Flexible Mount

by Adam Cort, Posted March 25, 2013
The designers at Norway’s Navslide have done it again with their new Quick Mount system. Like the rest of the Navslide product line, the Quick Mount serves as an adjustable bracket for a multifunction display.

Standard Horizon GX2200 Matrix AIS/GPS Radio

by SAIL Editors, Posted May 2, 2014
Standard Horizon’s GX2200 MATRIX AIS/GPS radio features a built-in, 66-channel antenna on the front panel, so sailors don’t have to... 

Garmin’s GNX 20 and 21 instruments

by SAIL Editors, Posted January 9, 2015
Garmin’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.

FLIR, Hall Spars Win Awards

by David Schmidt, Posted November 19, 2009
Few honors have more prestige in the marine equipment field than the DAME Awards, which are decided at the METS trade show in Amsterdam in mid-November. The entries represent some of the most forward-thinking advances in marine aftermarket equipment. They are also a litmus test for the health of the industry: the more innovative products on show, the more effort is being put into R&D and product

Olympus Stylus 720 SW

by Sail Staff, Posted September 9, 2006
This 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.”

Remote Monitor

by Sail Staff, Posted December 18, 2007
SeaCAS’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
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