Electronics+Navigations

Night Vision for the Masses

by Adam Cort, Posted September 12, 2011
FLIR Systems’ new First Mate MS has the potential to put thermal night vision capabilities into the hands of every sailor, thanks to its compact size and low price. The First Mate MS uses the same technology as FLIR’s other products, like the M-Series, but weighs just 12oz and measures less than a 7in long.Two versions are available, which provide higher and lower resolutions. Both

Rock-Steady Night Vision

by Adam Cort, Posted June 12, 2012
Like its predecessors, the FLIR M618CS night-vision scope’s ability to create thermal images by discerning miniscule changes in the temperature is quite astounding.
“Wish you were here…” Postagram, an app from Sincerely, is an easy way to send postcards right from your smartphone. This free app uploads photos from your phone, Instagram or Facebook, prints them as high-quality glossy photo postcards.
Aimed at both the professional and leisure markets, Simrad’s HH36 is packed with features: integrated GPS, Class D DSC and a large screen that can, in a pinch, be used as a basic mini-plotter.

Staying in Reach: DeLorme SE Satellite Messenger

by Ben Ellison, Posted August 15, 2014
“Two way” doesn’t just refer to the fact that a DeLorme inReach handheld satellite messenger/tracker lets you text back and forth with people pretty much like a cellphone. I also tested the system shoreside by loaning a sample inReachSE model to friends Doug and Dale Bruce when they went on a cruise to some remote islands south of New Zealand.
Energy-conscious sailors worldwide are exchanging their incandescent bulbs for LED lights. LEDs work well in many applications, but some sailors find the beam they cast is too diffused to clearly spot distant objects. Pelican’s Stealthlite Rechargeable 2460 uses a rechargeable NiMH battery pack to power its strong, focused LED beam. It should allow you to spot buoys or

Faster, Brighter and Smarter

by Tim Bartlett, Posted September 21, 2010
It’s been an interesting year for everyone interested in the future of GPS. Last year, the Government Accountability Office published a report saying that it was “uncertain whether the Air Force will be able to acquire new satellites in time to maintain current GPS service without interruption.” The reason, said the GAO, was that almost half the existing GPS satellites—all designed with a

Keep Control

by Sail Staff, Posted June 16, 2007
Wireless is all the rage on boats these days, as exemplified by the advent of handheld multifunction controllers. Simrad’s RemoteCommander is a prime example. Not only does it let you control your NMEA 2000–compatible autopilot, chartplotter, and other instruments from anywhere on the boat via Bluetooth, it is also a VHF handset. Simrad USA, 425-778-8821,
The iAIS from Digital Yacht is a dual-channel Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver that not only wirelessly transmits AIS data to an iPhone, iPad or iTouch, but can also transmit any other NMEA data available on board, including things like depth, speed and wind information. When coupled with the iNAVx iPhone navigation app INAVx, the result is a portable device that can serve as a
Standard Horizon’s HX-300 handheld VHF offers a lot of radio in a small floating package, making it a good example of a product in which less is more.
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