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T200 Thermal Camera Ideal for Smaller Sailboats

Raymarine’s new compact T200 thermal camera is ideal for sailors wanting all the advantages of the latest thermal technology without the hefty price tag. It’s still not inexpensive, but unlike radar, which only lets the skipper know there is “something” … Continue reading

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Innovative iPad/iPhone Attachment for Sailboats

With the iPad and iPhone becoming ever more useful for the sailor, with multiple apps available, a company was bound to come up with some secure attachment systems to made these items of new technology easier to use while sailing, … Continue reading

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App Helps Sailors Lost in Fog

A yacht delivery skipper caught in fog with a failed AIS system, used an inexpensive smartphone app to avoid collision with a container ship. Ian Engelbrecht and crew Ibolya Palko were delivering a Jaguar 36 catamaran from Cape Town to … Continue reading

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Yanmar Partners with ORACLE TEAM USA

ORACLE TEAM USA announced that Yanmar has been selected as Official Technical Partner. Yanmar, a Japanese company with an intimate knowledge of the world’s oceans, will provide engines for ORACLE TEAM USA’s chase boats during the bid to defend the … Continue reading

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San Juan Islands: New Free Cruising Guide Download

Salish Sea Pilot has unveiled a new cruising guide to Washington state’s San Juan Islands, with 60 pages of information and almost 80 illustrations covering the archipelago’s anchorages, marinas and passages. The 2013 edition follows in the wake of Salish … Continue reading

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Autopilots About to get More ‘Intelligent’

For the typical short-handed cruising sailor, the autopilot is often the third crewmember, enabling the short-handed crew to be more places at once when necessary, relieving weariness and allowing more sleep for the off-watch crew member. Autopilots have their strengths … Continue reading

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eSeaClear Office Opens in Antigua

The office, located a few doors away from Customs and Immigration, has computers for captains to use and full-time staff to help first-time users. “Since eSeaClear is new across all agencies involved in the clearance process, we felt a real, … Continue reading

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The Bad Elf GPS Pro

The Bad Elf GPS Pro was designed specifically for pilots, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts based on feedback collected since the launch of the original dock-connected Bad Elf GPS back in 2010. But they didn’t want to launch another generic … Continue reading

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NOAA Announces Free Nautical ‘BookletCharts’

One of NOAA’s handiest navigation products, especially for recreational boaters, has been Coast Survey’s experimental BookletCharts™ — nautical charts that are easy to download and print from home computers. Coast Survey has now moved the BookletCharts from experimental stage into … Continue reading

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NOAA and U.S. Power Squadrons Renew Cooperative Charting Program

This week, NOAA and the U.S. Power Squadrons, a non-profit organization dedicated to safe boating, will renew a 50-year commitment to a cooperative charting program that helps to update the nation’s thousands of navigational charts. Under the voluntary program, formalized by a … Continue reading

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nv-charts Now Available for Chartplotters

nv-charts, a global leader in highly accurate, detailed maritime chart products, announces the availability of nv-charts for Lowrance, Simrad, and B&G chartplotter systems. The charts are supplied on SD memory cards for chartplotters only, and include all current nv-chart regions … Continue reading

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Man Overboard App

The Man Overboard App for iPhone from Intelligent Maintenance is super simple to use. Hit the MOB button. Use the on-screen coordinates to call in to the Coastguard. Follow the big on-screen arrow to get back to the MOB point. … Continue reading

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SailTimer

The SailTimer family of products are unique among GPSs in realizing that sailboats often tack to their destination, which affects the distance and travel time.  If standard GPS chartplotters don’t know how far your tacking route is, how can they … Continue reading

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Sea Tow App

Help never looked like this before. Contact Sea Tow for On-water Assistance, PLUS access Tides, Weather Forecasts and Radar, GPS, Course Over Ground, Speed over Ground, Compass and Sea Tow locations – all with Day/Night Mode and all from a … Continue reading

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Fugawi X-Traverse and GPSNavX™ Announce New Theyr Weather Support Services

Fugawi X-Traverse manufacturer, Northport Systems Inc., and iNavX™ navigation application designer, GPSNavX, recently announced that the Fugawi X-Traverse chart and content web services now supports Theyr Weather for the iNavX App for the Apple iPhone™, iPod touch™ and iPad™. Offering … Continue reading

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Robot Glider Detects Rogue Waves

When the robotic Papa Mau completed its 16,668-kilometer scientific expedition across the Pacific Ocean last month, the surfboard-sized submarine did more than set a new world record for the longest distance traveled by an autonomous vehicle. The wave-powered sub reached Australia’s Hervey … Continue reading

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Marine Commander – Nav Systems Integrated on One Screen

If you have the space and can afford it, Icom’s MarineCommander is the way to go. On one screen you can see all of your systems integrated, giving you information at your fingertips and a great ease of control of … Continue reading

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B&G Reveals New Triton HV Displays

B&G, the world leader in instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software solutions for sailors, recently announced the new range of Triton HV Displays. These practical displays are dedicated for use on the mast, providing cruising and club racing sailors with … Continue reading

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Deep Blue Electric Outboard by Torqeedo Wins DAME Award

METS, the world’s largest trade show of the international marine leisure industry in Amsterdam, has announced the winners of their annual DAME Design Awards Exemplifying the world trend towards recognizing efforts to end the use of oil-based propulsion, the overall … Continue reading

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Garmin Introduces New GPSMAP 500 and 700 Series

Garmin International, the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced a premier addition to their fully-integrated line of GPSMAP series chartplotters and combination plotter/sonar units. Boasting a sleek new design, vibrant touchscreen and unsurpassed positioning technology, these eight new models … Continue reading

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