marine electronics

Furuno leads the pack in 2021 NMEA Awards

  Most voyagers are probably most familiar with the initial NMEA as part of a networking designation, either NMEA 0183 or NMEA 2000. Maybe not as many could tell you that NMEA stands for the National Marine Electronics Association. Or…

NMEA Releases NEW Version of 0400 Installation Standard

From the NMEA press release: The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has released an extensively updated and expanded version of the NMEA 0400 Installation Standard. This standard is the basis for the popular day-long NMEA Marine Electronics Installer training certification…

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…

A snazzier name for MFDs?

Is there a piece of marine electronics that does so much yet has such a non-descript name? The multifunction display, usually dryly shortened to simply "MFD," is a powerhouse that can combine electronic charts, AIS, radar, GPS, voyage planning, tide…

2020 Chuck Husick Award Winner

After consideration by our panel of judges (see below), the 2020 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award goes to Raymarine for its Axiom+ multifunction…

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,…