best electronics for boats

Special Section: Marine Electronics

If you are planning an offshore cruise under sail, you need access to as much vessel data as possible in one single place. A multifunction chartplotter display is the nerve center of the modern offshore cruising vessel, bringing together chart…

Barograph app keeps track

Having access to marine forecasts and gridded binary (grib) files is great for voyagers. Equally useful, however, is having weather instruments on board so that you can monitor what’s happening with the weather right around your vessel. Real-time local data…

DYI electronic navigation

Navigation software for viewing electronic charts, voyage planning and in-voyage navigation has come a long way from the early days of raster images on a computer monitor. Navigation software packages are offered by an assortment of companies as either…

Using a 3D printer onboard

At the start of the year, I purchased a 3D printer for my Valiant 40 boat, Ursa, and I’d like to share some of the experiences I’ve had with it. First the why: I’m based in Mexico right now,…