Marine Technology

Weather Data by Satellite Phone

Receiving weather GRIB files offshore has become much easier through the easy access offered by handheld satellite phones. No longer do you need to install a huge satellite dome on your vessel to receive this critical data while under way.

Satellite TV for cruisers

If you love watching television, you can still enjoy this pastime after you have sailed off for open water.

2020 NMEA/RTCM Combined Conference & Expo Moves to Florida

Highlights: Technical and business seminars, installer training, new product expo, product awards SEVERNA PARK, MD-The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) and the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) have agreed to hold their 2020 international convention together at the…

The cutting edge in EPIRBs

Since emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) made their debut as an aid for tracking crashed U.S. military aircraft in the 1950s, this technology has steadily evolved into more compact, highly accurate, life-saving devices priced well within the budget of any serious cruising sailor.

GPS smartwatches

The race to combine a wide assortment of technology in small, hand-held wearable devices has recently yielded a new animal: the GPS-capable smartwatch.

AIS/GPS VHF with target display

AIS, GPS and a VHF radio with DSC are all must-haves on the modern cruising yacht. Now imagine having all of these features in one device.

Traditional depth sounders

Traditional depth sounders seem to get short shrift in dockside conversation these days, owing of course to the proliferation of multifunction chartplotters and the array of information they offer to cruisers with fingertip ease.

Dependable multimeters

The proliferation of electronic navigation, communication, power and security systems on modern yachts demands a dependable means of diagnosing these systems when they fail or fall short in performance.

Analog instrument displays

Most cruising sailors demand state-of-the-art electronic navigation systems for their vessels, but many skippers also like to preserve a traditional look in the displays they install in the cockpit.

Portable solar power

Long jaunts ashore drain personal electronics of battery power, potentially leaving us without the use of a cellphone, portable GPS, hand-held VHF radio and other personal electronics.

Hand-held chartplotting GPS

The navigation station in today’s offshore sailing vessel is bound to be equipped with a chartplotter linked to GPS, AIS, a radar, a depth sounder and other inputs.

Cruiser ham radio options

Ham radio continues to be the choice of many offshore voyagers who prefer the independence and adaptability offered by this traditional mode of communication.

Installing a boat security system

Installing a security system on your floating palace can involve something as simple as placing a couple of sensors for the main and forward hatches, or it can expand to a CPU-controlled network of a dozen or more touch screens and over a hundred wireless sensors distributed throughout your vessel.

Security systems for cruising vessels

Ensuring the security of a cruising boat in your home marina usually involves nothing more than clamping a padlock on the companionway, checking the dock lines and leaving the rest to marina security.

Ham radio installation for voyagers

Many sailors transitioning into offshore cruising still opt for the versatility of ham radio to communicate with other vessels and to take advantage of SailMail or Winlink with a Pactor modem.

Cruising with ham radio

Serious cruisers have depended on amateur ham single sideband radio (SSB) since the early 1960s.

Waterproof wireless stereo speakers

The days of cutting holes in bulkheads and running stereo speaker wires behind and around a maze of built-in furniture and appliances throughout the cabin are gradually coming to an end — at least at the humbler end of the cruiser spectrum.

Battery charge monitoring

Battery charge is one critically important function that appears to have been left out of the race to integrate monitoring on today’s pleasure craft.

Broadband satellite communication

Worldwide access to full-service broadband phone and Internet communications is gradually coming down in price as it grows in dependability and popularity.

Hand-held satellite communications

Satellite technology in telephone communications has evolved into an option that is virtually de rigueur on the contemporary cruising yacht.