Electronics+Navigations

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.
Designed specifically for mounting atop masts in the interest of maximizing range, Shakespeare Galaxy Style 5440 and 5445 stainless steel, low-profile VHF marine band antennas are lightweight and easy to mount.

B&G ZG100 GPS antenna

by Adam Cort, Posted September 16, 2013
Navico recently organized its various products so that B&G is its sole dedicated sailing line, and the brand’s dedication to all things sailing—whether it be daysailing or racing at the grand prix level—is evident in the new ZG100 high-precision GPS antenna.

Look, Ma, No Hands!

by David Schmidt, Posted April 14, 2009
If you’re a high-adrenaline sailor, V.I.O.’s new Point of View (POV) video camera is perfect for documenting your onboard adventures. The package includes the recorder, a wireless remote, the camera head (which has a 100-degree field of view), various wires, mounting accessories, and a 1GB memory card (larger cards are available). It is waterproof and shock resistant, so even

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
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