New Tech: First Ever VHF Radio to allow Send/Receive AIS
Navico Brands, Simrad and B&G, announced a new VHF radio earlier this week that has built in AIS for both transmission and reception.
Mercury & Navico: New VesselView Link, VesselView 702/502 Displays And MFD Engine Interface (BLOG)
A clean single-brand helm electronics setup is now available under three different brands, and seems reasonably priced even for a relatively small boat.
Solid State Radar #1: Long Ranges and Deep Thoughts (BLOG)
While we've barely begun 2016, the state of recreational marine radar is entirely different than it was in 2015. Thanks to a wide variety of fixed and moving targets, the Miami area is a pretty good place to test radars.
Lowrance & Simrad StructureScan 3D, Hello Interferometry (BLOG)
When I wrote about the StructureScan 3D announcement last July, I recall feeling a bit skeptical. But I was wrong. On-water demos have taught me that SS3D is much more than a visual gimmick.
Raymarine Quantum, Solid-state CHIRP Pulse Compression Radar In Radome Form! (BLOG)
Wow, Raymarine is kicking off the new marine electronics year in grand style. Debuting today online (and at the New York Boat Show) is the Quantum Q24C solid-state radar seen above.
Simrad/B&G Compact Remotes, Ocean Signal AIS MOB Alarm, Digital Yacht PC Radar PC & More (BLOG)
Ranging from the latest and greatest from 2015's METS show to the classic works of Nathaniel Philbrick, the Panbo entry comes packed with yachting goodies.
MARPA on small radars, is Navico 4G especially bad? (BLOG)
Does Navico 4G radar (branded as Simrad, Lowrance, or B&G) have a "ridiculously broken MARPA" function? I've heard similar words from three different 4G owners in the last few weeks...
Digital Switching: Raymarine, Empirbus, Simrad, Naviops, Offshore, Octoplex, Garmin and CZone (BLOG)
Digital switching is one of the most intriguing aspects of modern marine electronics, but also one of the most mysterious.
Seapilot Vector Compact GNSS Compass, Sweet Deal That Usually Works Well (BLOG)
I don't know why Seapilot is selling the Compact at half price -- and all its Class B AIS transponders, too -- but maybe it's because many boaters don't yet realize how much a GPS (GNSS) compass like this can do.
TBF: NV Cuba, YB3 free, Furuno GP1x70F steals, BT VHF, and Sailing A (BLOG)
The idea of Tidbit Friday (TBF) is to create an entry type where I can share some of the juicy morsels I often come across as I indulge my endless appetite for marine electronics and the wider world of boating.
MFD Engine Alarming Improves, But Needs More Maretron-ization (BLOG)
This week I've been exploring the engine alarming features found in current Garmin, Raymarine, Simrad, and Furuno MFD operating systems, and I came away impressed with how well organized and comprehensive they've become.
Sonar Wars: Lowrance StructureScan 3D, Raymarine SonarChart Live & GoFree Hooked (BLOG)
The competition around sonar burns hot on many fronts and the more the merrier, I say.