Electronics

Simrad BR24PC, Free Range BroadBand Radar #2
We had a false start in December when we first saw the PC charting program Expedition interfaced to a Navico BR24 radar, but as of last night this interesting possibility, and many like it, seem to be official.  Read the ...
Alliance for Safe Navigation, & chart reality questions
The photo is from a BoatUS press release discussing how it, NOAA, and several other organizations are concerned that many boaters are using outdated charts.  They've even got a survey going (quick and easy), and I bet the results will ...
Vesper WatchMate, hand’s on #1
It's good to get some solid hand's on time with the Vesper WatchMate AIS plotter, which I admired when it first appeared, then as it got a built-in receiver option, and finally as seen live in Miami.  And, yes, that ...
Simrad Insight HD charts, & 2.0 firmware
The Simrad NSE12 prototype is back in the lab, and will soon be back on Gizmo at the heart of an extensive SimNet/Ethernet test system. Only now it's running recently released 2.0 firmware and it's loaded with the HD ...
VHF Antenna Quality and Trailering Mistakes
VHF antenna quality and trailering mistakes? Yeah, I know, this sounds like a pretty weird combination. But stick with me for a moment – believe it or not, the two are related. First off, let’s see if you can pick ...
RailLight Mini, another winner from SolLight
One good sign: Recently, a friend who'd eaten at a waterfront restaurant called to ask if I knew "that there was a bright white light shining on Gizmo's flying bridge?"  Now, in truth, Gizmo's float is just a few ...
Low power PCs #1, & Farallon Electronics
I've been trying to search out a low-power 12v PC for Gizmo, though I might give up for this season -- I'm so behind project-wise -- and it may not be such an issue once I install a decent solar ...
Gizmo fixed, thanks to a crack mechanic/technician
That big fella scrunched alongside Gizmo's Volvo Penta diesel is the new love of my life!  It's hard to imagine a better engine guy experience than what I got last week from Pat Ricci, proprietor of Thomaston Boat and Engine ...
SailorPC, a true PC/MFD hybrid?
Bless the Google (and the whole ever-improving info Web)!  Minutes after I stumbled on this intriguing SailorPC tucked away on Avia Sail's purchase page, I'd found the manufacturer's product site with the high res promo photo above and download...
Lowrance Structure Scan Side Scanning Review, Part II
A month ago I started testing the Lowrance Structure Scan side scanner review, and today it’s time for part II. By now, I’ve used the unit on a 10′ to 20′ plateau with scattered rockpiles, around a rock-strewn lighthouse, over ...

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