Electronics+Navigations

With a Racer’s Edge wind sensor from Catch the Wind Inc., it is now possible to precisely measure the wind direction and velocity hundreds of yards away. The handheld fiber-optic device—which was part of BMW Oracle’s technical arsenal for the 33rd America’s Cup—weighs about 18lb and uses a pulsating laser to detect what the wind is up to, an approach that allows it to work even in poor

Unwired

by Sail Staff, Posted August 11, 2007
Tacktick’s new solar-powered waterproof Race Master System is packed with useful features, including an electronic compass, a speed log, and a depthsounder, and can be wirelessly networked with other Tacktick instruments to display wind speed, wind direction, windshift averaging, and mean-wind-direction data. In addition, it can connect to your boat’s NMEA interface to display GPS data. The kit’s

Nav Station to Go

by Ralph Naranjo, Posted June 14, 2011
Perhaps you like to plan your passages when you’re away from your boat. Maybe you spend a lot of time sailing on other people’s boats. Maybe you just like to take your nav gear home at the end of the day, or you like having a backup in a bag. Whatever the reason, there’s a lot to be said for being able to tote along your own tried and proven gear.My own experiences on any number of
Lowrance’s HDS Gen2 High Definition Systems chartplotters offer double the memory and twice the processor speed of the company’s first-generation HDS models to provide sailors with faster startups and menu operation, and lightning-fast panning and zooming.
Not every sailor wants or needs a large-screen chartplotter mounted on a binnacle or bulkhead, and for these sailors there is now a wide range of smaller, much less expensive digital charting alternatives.
A pair of waterproof, floating VHF radios for around $150 is an excellent deal. The HX100 Twin Pack radios are low-powered, switching between 2.5W and 1W, but this is all you need for messing around in anchorages or harbors, which is what they’re intended for.

Si-Tex Marine Electronic's T-760 Radar

by Sail Staff, Posted June 4, 2014
For those sailors who’ve long assumed that radar is for “bigger boats” or out of their price range, there’s the new T-760 series radar from Si-Tex Marine Electronics. Measuring just 5.4in wide by 8.9in high and 3.5in deep, the...

Marinco Cordset Adapter

by Mark Corke, Posted October 19, 2007
This product, made by Marinco (www.marinco.com), was sent to SAIL recently, and after looking it over, we wonder why no one has thought of it before. Basically it’s a right-angle cord adaptor for plugging in a shore-power cord to the boat. The right-angle version is more streamlined than the usual straight plug, it looks neater, and there is far less chance of

Easy Reading

by Sail Staff, Posted August 10, 2010
Easy Reading Sailmon instruments are fully configurable, which means data can be presented in a range of different colors, digit sizes and orientations to meet your crew’s unique needs. Equally vibrant in the dark and in direct sunlight, the monitors can be mounted vertically or horizontally. Numbers can be sized anywhere from 1 1/2 in to 5 1/2 in, and the system is connected wirelessly over a

Pocket Processor

by Sail Staff, Posted September 16, 2007
Having a back-up wind instrument is a good idea for big-boat sailing; for dinghy racing, having a wind meter can make a huge difference, especially in challenging, shifty conditions. Speedtech Instruments’s new WindMate wind/weather meters can take a number of wind and weather readings (model depending), including windspeed, temperature, wind chill, wind direction, and cross-wind and head/tail
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