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Tech Talk: Windfinder Apps

BWS’ Scott Akerman recently used this app while sailing in Maine came away impressed… Windfinder apps are for kitesurfers, windsurfers, surfers, sailors, and paragliders who want real time observations and accurate forecasts. With windfinder apps you can always find the … Continue reading

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Nobeltec TimeZero App Version 1.2 Now Available

This is great news for both existing users of the app and for customers who are currently considering installing it on their iPad. Version 1.2 includes many useful new features, as well as improvements on existing ones: data exchange, camera … Continue reading

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Anchor Drag Alarm App

Here’s an interesting new anchor drag alarm app that may help you sleep better… Boat Sentry was designed by a cruising boater who wanted more options and visuals than was available from the multi-function display screen, the most expensive electronics … Continue reading

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Online Hurricane Preparedness Seminars and Tools

With the NOAA Climate Prediction Center forecasting an “active or extremely active season this year,” recreational boaters will have to make storm preparations for a likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms. It’s also important to remember that tropical storm and … Continue reading

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NV Charts Releases a New Navigation App

Motor boaters, sailors, and cruisers who want to ride the cutting‐edge crest of navigation with mobile devices can now take advantage of NV charts App, a new, simple‐to‐use free app now available from NV charts. The new NV charts App … Continue reading

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Astounding Maps of Every River in America

Nelson Minar didn’t really mean to create a piece of art. When the California-based software engineer began working on All Rivers, a gorgeously detailed look at the waterways in the 48 contiguous states, it was really just a practice in computer … Continue reading

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Sail the Northwest Passage on your iPad

So you’d like to sail the Northwest Passage but can’t get away from the office, haven’t got a boat, don’t like cold water sailing? Now here’s the next best thing: You can do it on your iPad! The fabled Northwest … Continue reading

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Nobletec Releases New TimeZero App for iPads

Nobeltec TimeZero is a marine navigation App specially designed for coastal sailors with the most cutting-edge and useful tools & data needed. Thanks to the outstanding TimeZero technology and PhotoFusion feature, Nobeltec’s marine chart App has a powerful 3D chart engine … Continue reading

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Use Your Phone to Control New Multifunction Display

Using an app on your smart phone or tablet to control your Multifunction Display has just been made possible for any size of boat. Raymarine’s newly released a65 and a67 WiFi multi-function displays (MFDs) deliver all the powerful practicality of … Continue reading

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Smartphone Invention Eliminates ‘Search’ from Search and Rescue

A revolutionary device capable of transforming a smartphone into a lifesaving satellite phone has been designed with yacht crews in mind. While the incidences of man over board and sinking are rare among large yachts, there exists an inherent risk … Continue reading

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Warning Over GPS Accuracy

Navigation experts are warning about the possibility of decreased GPS accuracy and possible outages over the next months as the sun enters the most active phase of an 11-year solar cycle. Sunspots and solar flares increase ionising solar radiation, creating … Continue reading

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Try the Beta Version of MyNOAACharts

As recreational boaters gear up for a summer of fun on coastal waters and the Great Lakes, NOAA is testing MyNOAACharts, a new mobile application that allows users to download NOAA nautical charts and editions of the U.S. Coast Pilot. … Continue reading

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Tech Talk

Burch at the Helm Starpath Navigation founder and BWS columnist David Burch has assemble his technical pieces on a diverse range of cruising and maritime topics into a new book, Burch at the Helm. The book covers the technical aspects … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Region 2.1 Chart Set Now Available

Sailing cruisers and power boaters heading to Maine this summer, or to explore the many historic islands of Boston harbor, now have a new Eastern Massachusetts regional charting set from nv‐charts. Region 2.1, Maine South and Massachusetts, covers the coast … Continue reading

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A Cruise Ship for Techies?

While the world has no shortage of pie-in-the-sky renderings for floating cities, a new proposal by Silicon Valley start-up Blueseed is perhaps the first to invoke entrepreneurial spirit and the American Dream in its soapbox pitch. Looking for a way to give foreign-born tech … Continue reading

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Boat Trader’s Innovative New App

The Boat Trader iPad app is designed to make searching and finding a boat easier. It was developed using technologies that animate the widest selection of boats for sale in the U.S. Users can now access more than 150,000 boats … Continue reading

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Stone Shown to be Mythical Navigation Tool

This is some serious old-school sailing technology! The milky white stone found in the remains of a ship dispatched to France in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, which foundered off the Island of Alderney in the English Channel, IS a … Continue reading

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World’s Smallest PLB Certified for Use

The tiniest PLB in the world, introduced to the sailing world in January, has now been fully certified for use throughout Europe and the USA after being awarded relevant COSPAS-SARSAT and product approvals. Ocean Signal’s rescueME PLB1 has shown full compatibility … Continue reading

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New Maine Chart Set Available from NV-Charts

The coast of Maine, measured directly from one end to the other, is only 228 miles long; but it has nearly 3,000 offshore islands, and a 3,478 mile coastline, making it one of the globe’s most popular cruising and gunkholing … Continue reading

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NASA’s Solar Sail Prepares to Fly

Navigating space isn’t as easy as crossing oceans. As Jason Dorrier comments below, there’s no air, water, or earth to push your spacecraft in another direction. As far as space travel is concerned rocket fuels and gravity-assist have been the … Continue reading

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