Electronics

Si-Tex SP36 autopilot, like ComNav’s but different
My first reaction to a press release about the new Si-Tex SP36 autopilot -- sure to be posted at the Si-Tex site soon -- was that its nifty-looking color control head above looks exactly like one ComNav has offered for ...
Si Tex Electronics is Back, New SP 36 Autopilot
Si Tex marine electronics is back in the game after fading into the background for a couple of years, and their newest offering is an autopilot: the SP 36. This is a high-end unit, with advanced features like virtual feedback ...
Lowrance DSI , & Navionics goes MicroSD (Raymarine included)
Last week Lowrance announced the Elite-5 DSI and some related fishfinder/plotters, and while they're unabashedly aimed at freshwater fishermen, there's at least two things of interest to others.  DSI stands for DownScan Imaging, which seems to m...
Lowrance X Series Reviewed, the Cheapest Fishfinder Ever!
The new Lowrance X 4 and the entire X series fishfinder is the cheapest LCD screen fish finder I’ve ever reviewed, with a bottom line of $79.99. Can you really get a fishfinder for under 80 bucks? Evidently, the answer is ...
SimNet network testing, & more NSE goodies
Years ago I gave Simrad grief for developing its own NMEA 2000 cable and connector system, called SimNet, instead of going with the DeviceNet standard as NMEA wanted.  When NMEA 2000 was just getting started, SimNet confused end users and ...
SRT mini AIS modules, & trouble from the East?
I mentioned SRT's amazingly miniaturized Class B and SART AIS modules back in May, but seeing is believing. In that aluminum EMI enclosure at left is a Cobalt Class B transponder complete with precision GPS engine and power supply ...
Humminbird Sidescan vs Lowrance Side Scan
Humminbird sidescan versus Lowrance side scan, which is better? That’s a question a friend asked me today, and it’s one I hear over and over regarding sidescanning fishfinders. Unless you plan to drop 10 grand on a searchlight transducer, these ...
Camden NOAA chart changes, the questions
So I've done more research into the various small issues I've noticed regarding recent NOAA chart changes to Camden Harbor (discussed most recently here).  Let me emphasize small, and also my appreciation of NOAA as an agency with vast tasks ...
RMC Island 40, off the grid house boating
That somewhat odd looking "waterborne structure" is Robinhood Marine Center's first Island 40, designed to give renters who may only have small boat skills a wicked nice Maine cruising harbor experience, as in swinging on a mooring wit...
Garmin 7000 and AIS 600, some install details
Today I checked out some just-received Garmin gear prior to installation on Gizmo, and I noticed some nice little changes.  For instance, this AIS 600 has an automotive blade fuse instead of a glass cartridge and its relatively flimsy holder ...

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