Navigation and Communication

Title Issue
Getting the message

Getting the message

Voyagers venturing beyond the reach of cellular transmissions used to have only two communications tools at their disposal: HF SSB radio and satellite phones.

November/December 2013
Marine networking evolution

Marine networking evolution

It was a heady atmosphere during the 1957 New York Boat Show. The buzzwords were “automotive styling” for boats: prominent space age fins, curved windshields, and chrome. Meanwhile a Raytheon 1700 radar cost just $2,195. What proved the most important development of all, however, was that a group of marine electronics dealers desiring a unified voice formed the National Marine Electronics Association.

September 2013
Info and entertainment at sea

Info and entertainment at sea

Long bluewater passages can be daunting, for seasoned hands as well as for sailors venturing into their first major offshore adventure.

July/August 2013
Electronics standards: The old and the new

Electronics standards: The old and the new

This summer two announcements by the National Marine Electronics Association highlighted the ways that the marine electronics field is like many of the boaters it serves: it has a fondness for the latest technology yet with a deep conservatism in not wanting to change what works

November/December 2012
Electronic nerve center

Electronic nerve center

Ocean and coastal sailors alike frequently find ourselves “on watch” short-handed or alone. We’re routinely forced to manage the vessel underway during periods of low-visibility, high traffic, etc. — situations that strain the attention of even the most experienced sailors.

November/December 2012
Race tracking and talking

Race tracking and talking

For race committees and family and friends on shore, tracking and communicating with boats in an ocean race has certainly evolved. It the past, boats would leave soundings and largely disappear until reaching the finish line

September 2012
Still holding its own

Still holding its own

HF radio continues to enjoy a dominant position in offshore communications within the cruising community.

July/August 2012
Professional radar, poor visibility

Professional radar, poor visibility

Voyagers usually over estimate big ships’ ability to detect recreational boats on radar

January/February 2012
Voyaging communications report: Carina

Voyaging communications report: Carina

Efficient communications have been essential for the management of our cruise and to maintain our safety

November/December 2011
Communications convergence

Communications convergence

Chartplotters have morphed into multifunction displays (MFDs) and become veritable command centers for the whole boat in a process called “convergence”

November/December 2011
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