Electronics+Navigations

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
The new e7 line of multifunction displays is packed with features and signals a new, sleeker look for longtime navigation equipment manufacturer Raymarine. The e7 can be networked with up to six displays and includes Raymarine’s proprietary HybridTouch technology, which allows users to choose between touchscreen or keypad control.In addition to networking with everything from your radar to
SiriusXM Satellite Radio now provides marine forecast information that can be received via select chartplotters from Lowrance, Furuno, Raymarine and Simrad. Sailors can access a similar service from XM Weather using Garmin’s GXM system.
Raymarine’s new iTC-5 instrument transducer converter and i70 multifunction instruments let you bring the latest digital instrument technology to your boat without the hassle of changing out your analog transducers.
For sailors who believe that time spent on the water is even better with a soundtrack, Outdoor Technology’s new Turtle Shell Bluetooth speaker will make the perfect sailing companion. The rugged, sporty speaker weighs just 11oz, fits in the palm of your hand and is both shockproof and water resistant, so you can rock out on deck in even the worst weather. 

Navigation Gear

by Sail Staff, Posted June 15, 2009
Despite challenging economic conditions, the range and quality of new electronic product introductions has exceeded expectations. That’s good news for sailors, because there are lots of exciting choices out there for those who want to outfit a new boat or upgrade existing equipment.Lowrance have upped the ante in the battle for supremacy in multifunction navigation

VHF Venture

by Sail Staff, Posted November 4, 2005
Navigation specialist Northstar has entered the radio market with this full-function, DSC-compliant VHF. The NS100 is a black-box unit with a remote speaker and handset. There are single ($599) or dual-station ($929) models, each with a full repertoire of U.S. and Canadian channels and an alphanumeric handset with a large display screen. Northstar; 800-628 4487;

Anti-Anxiety Machine

by Sail Staff, Posted October 18, 2007
Do you worry about your boat when you’re not aboard? Boatsense Solutions’s KISS-principle monitoring system is an easily programmable GSM cellular modem that’s potted in epoxy. Drawing only 130 milliamps, it stands perpetual watch, ready to send text messages wherever GPRS data service is available (which is along much of the world’s coastlines). It automatically monitors battery levels, plus has
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