Category Archives: Tech Talk

The Future of Weather Data is Now on Your Mac

WeatherNet 3 for Mac responds to the expanding number of Mac users in the marine marketplace, the incessant need for weather and ocean data in that environment, and the demand for the affordable delivery of these data by fulfilling quests … Continue reading

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Google Offers Virtual Great Barrier Reef Tour

Google is bringing the undersea world to the Internet’s landlubbers. The Web giant launched an expansion of its Map tool to take users on an adventure that includes colorful reef fish, coral forests, and rare turtles. The goal of the program … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs’ Superyacht Looks Like it Was Designed by Steve Jobs

The superyacht Steve Jobs was designing up until his death just over a year ago was unveiled on Sunday at a shipyard in the Netherlands. The Dutch Apple blog OneMoreThing was first to report that the superyacht, named Venus, was christened at … Continue reading

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Furuno TimeZero Touch a Chart Plotter Winner

The technology just gets better and better. Furuno TimeZero Touch has just won the‘Product of the Year’ from The British Marine Electronics Association (BMEA) Conference 2012, which took place last week in Southampton. Furuno’s TimeZero Touch multi-function display, with the … Continue reading

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Marinas.com Sees Uptick in Traffic

Marinas.com, a business that provides marina owners and operators with slip reservations and services, had more than 3,600,000 visits from active boaters across North America during the first eight months of 2012. Marinas.com increased its unique visitors by 45% through August … Continue reading

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Underwater Trash Collector Hits Chicago

Earlier this year, IL Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined EPA officials in announcing $10 million in funding to help clean up area waterways, focused primarily on upgrading technology and treating discharges at two water reclamation plants by 2015. … Continue reading

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Furuno Wins 205th Award for Marine Electronics

Furuno must be one of the most ubiquitous names in sailing for great quality marine electronics. But even knowing this, it’s amazing to learn that they have just won their 205th award from the USA’s National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). … Continue reading

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App Combines Weather Data and NOAA Charts

Weather Services International has introduced a weather and tides app for the iPad and iPhone that delivers much of the information that professional meteorologists would get at their workstations, but it is geared to mariners and presented as overlays on … Continue reading

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Innovative Sensors – Future Use for Cruising Sailors?

Wouldn’t you like to know when your mast or boom has reached its structural limits? BEFORE there are any tell-tale signs visible? BEFORE it falls on top of you? A new technology is in the pipeline that could provide that … Continue reading

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Major Technology Upgrade Gives PredictWind Faster Forecast Updates

Popular wind forecast site PredictWind has achieved dramatic speed efficiencies by adopting Amazon Web Services’ cloud computing to deliver high-resolution wind forecasts for almost any part of the globe. Wherever you are right now, look out the window–chances are that … Continue reading

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Better Wi-Fi Connectivity Onboard and Offboard

Would you spend more time onboard relaxing if you had an easy to install, high-powered Wi-Fi solution for your yacht? Get better offboard and onboard wireless connections for you, your family and friends, and your boat with NautiCloud power. Most devices … Continue reading

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Rescue Response – A Step into the Future

If you think rescue response across the world’s oceans is already very good, you haven’t seen anything yet. With the innovative thinking of a Surrey, England-based engineering firm, they are set to get a whole lot better. Sartech Engineering, one … Continue reading

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Magic Boat Beacon, Now Available for Android

Good news for Android-using sailors: You can now use your devices to keep a watch on nearby boats, and let other boats, family and friends know your current location, using Boat Beacon Maps and AIS systems. The Boat Beacon app, … Continue reading

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Key Items for Your Ditch Bag

Most experienced boaters have heard the stories of boating disasters — vessels capsizing, sinking suddenly, or catching fire far from help and the reach of other boaters. These misadventures usually share a few things in common — the crews began the … Continue reading

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Gear Review: FLIR First Mate MS Handheld Thermal Imager

I’ve been wondering about FLIR for a while and found this gear review to be a helpful read. Nearly two months ago a product arrived on gCaptain’s doorstep that brought a smile to our faces: FLIR’s First Mate Handheld Thermal … Continue reading

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A Radar Reflector for Your Grab Bag

We all go to sea with a grab bag in the hopes that we will never have to use it, but if the worst ever happens, a radar reflector will locate our position to passing vessels, especially at night or … Continue reading

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WSI Launches Interactive “Intellicast Boating”

WSI (Weather Services international), the global weather authority, has come out with Intellicast Boating, the first application to integrate NOAA navigational charts with the most advanced weather data available in a rich, interactive, customizable map environment. A must-have app for … Continue reading

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Germans Pin Olympic Hopes on Technology Edge

Advanced technology evaluating water currents and wind speed could provide Germany’s Olympic sailing hopefuls with a favorable edge and help them overcome Britain’s local knowledge, according to a top German sailing official. “We have to realize that (technology) does influence … Continue reading

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Phone-Controlled Robotic Submarine

Until now, filming underwater has required teams of divers and expensive underwater camera rigs – but a new iPad-controlled robot does it all itself. The battery-powered Aquabotix Hydroview shoots in Full HD and swims independently, letting users see through its … Continue reading

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Sailing With Nerves of Glass

The constant hunger to break new records has turned boat building into a high-tech business. The racing yachts that compete at international regattas today are sporting machines designed to reach top speeds. The process of optimizing the boats has been … Continue reading

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