Electronics+Navigations

Take the Weather With You A new star among the constellation of weather apps  
Traditionally, sailors have used a hand-bearing compass or rangefinder binoculars to take bearings on a mark, check the angle of an approaching boat to avoid a collision, determine their distance offshore, and monitor their anchor position.

Standard Horizon Handheld HX870 Radio

by Ben Ellison, Posted March 9, 2015
These HX series handhelds are full-fledged DSC radios with all the direct/group calling and position polling features found on fixed radios.

Ocean Signal’s rescueME PLB1

by SAIL Editors, Posted January 16, 2015
Billing itself as the “world’s smallest PLB,” Ocean Signal’s rescueME PLB1 measures just 3in high by 2in wide and 1in deep. Specific features include a retractable antenna, 66-channel GPS receiver, fully functional 406MHz satellite transmitter, a 121.5MHz homing beacon and a strobe.

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.

A New Onboard Headset Option

by Ben Ellison, Posted December 16, 2014
SAIL electronics editor, Ben Ellison, says Bluetooth-equipped My Team Talks headsets are an outstanding piece of gear for those who want to make sure all hands know what's going on when, say, anchoring in a stiff breeze.

WEST MARINE Tactical LED Rechargeable 1,006-Lumen Flashlight

by SAIL Editors, Posted December 5, 2014
Rechargeable, water-resistant, tactical-grade flashlight includes ultra-bright 1,006-lumen LED bulb and weather-resistant housing. Includes a two-way USB port to power and charge other devices, and include an AC/DC charger. Corded or cordless. Lithium-Ion battery.

Marinebeam's New Ultra Long Range Flashlight

by Ben Ellison, Posted October 24, 2014
Illuminator flashlight has to be seen to be believed. I put my camera on a tripod and simply began lighting up a number of boats and mooring buoys about 500 to 700 yards away. 
Sailboats can be remarkably noisy when it comes time to dock or anchor. The wind, the rumble of the auxiliary, the chatter of the windlass: all these things and more can make it surprisingly hard to hear what the person at the other end of even a smaller boat is saying. 

Watt & Sea Hydrogenerators

by Adam Cort, Posted October 18, 2014
Over the years, Watt&Sea hydrogenerators have steadily evolved to the point where they are no longer used exclusively by grand prix offshore racers, but are also found aboard a growing number of cruising boats. 
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