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Argonaut Offers Android-Powered Smart MFD

Argonaut Offers Android-Powered Smart MFD

Love all those Android apps but wish there was a more integrated way to use them at the helm? Argonaut Computer last week announced the A615 smart MFD.

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Navionics at Center of ICW Magenta Line Renovation

Navionics at Center of ICW Magenta Line Renovation

Navionics is helping NOAA reestablish a useful “magenta line” in charts of the IntraCoastal Waterway.

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Navionics Plotter Sync Wirelessly Updates Charts on Raymarine plotters

Written by on March 11, 2014 in Electronics, GPS, Marine Electronics, seamanship, Technology with 0 Comments
Navionics Plotter Sync Wirelessly Updates Charts on Raymarine plotters

If you own a wirelessly enabled chartplotter from Raymarine  and you use charts from Navionics, your life is about to get MUCH simpler. An updated Navionics app on your iPhone or iPad will download daily chart updates, and then when you are within range of your wireless-enabled chartplotter from Raymarine (with the latest firmware update, […]

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Marine Navigation on Android Arrives in Style

Written by on July 31, 2013 in Electronics, seamanship, Technology with 3 Comments
Marine Navigation on Android Arrives in Style

Well, it’s not that you couldn’t do it before, but now you can do it with Plan2Nav, a world-class app, C-MAP charts by Jeppesen, and seamless integration of critical cruising data from ActiveCaptain.

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Northport Systems Announces Fugawi Marine 5

Written by on February 1, 2012 in Electronics, seamanship, Technology with 0 Comments
Northport Systems Announces Fugawi Marine 5

Northport Systems announced that its newest marine navigation software, Fugawi Marine 5, will be available at the end of March for new purchase and upgrade from Fugawi Marine ENC. According to the company, Fugawi Marine 5 takes advantage of the latest Windows technology, including a touch-screen control optimized for use with Win 7 and 8 […]

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ActiveCaptain Expands Dramatically with Routes and More Reviews

ActiveCaptain Expands Dramatically with Routes and More Reviews

ActiveCaptain.com, the crowd-sourced database of local navigation and cruising knowledge, has been expanding its offerings over the last couple of months with some significant new capabilities.  The two most important, in my view, involve route-sharing and an allied site devoted to captain reviews of boating-related services.  Here’s a quick rundown on some of the new developments. […]

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When Chesapeake Bay Becomes a Hurricane Hole for a Ship

Written by on September 6, 2011 in Cruising Under Power, seamanship with 0 Comments
When Chesapeake Bay Becomes a Hurricane Hole for a Ship

A fascinating blog entry yesterday on the Kadey-Krogen Yachts website recounts the Hurricane Irene experience of Chesapeake ship pilot Bill Band, father of Shannon Band, KKY’s marketing manager.  Band was one of two pilots who took the 960-foot Carnival Pride out of the Port of Baltimore and into the Bay to ride out the hurricane.  […]

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Expedition Medical Kits — For Journeys Long and Short

Expedition Medical Kits — For Journeys Long and Short

The Expedition Medical Chest series is unlike the cheap kits you get from the typical marine supply house, these kits are stocked with professional-grade supplies and tools to help you deal with health emergencies while at sea.

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Time to Check Your Insurance for Hurricane Coverage

Time to Check Your Insurance for Hurricane Coverage

An updated 2011 Atlantic basin hurricane forecast from Colorado State University yesterday should serve as a reminder to all East Coast and Gulf Coast boaters to check their insurance policies for hurricane coverage.  More importantly, now is the time to create your own “hurricane plan”  — whether it is to move the boat, haul it, secure […]

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Maybe You Don’t Need 3G on Your iPad 2?

Maybe You Don’t Need 3G on Your iPad 2?

Brian Chen, at Wired, has a piece today that suggests a clever way to avoid having to pay the extra money for a 3G version of the iPad 2 just to get GPS and phone data network capability.  The solution basically involves using your current Smartphone as a wireless hotspot.  Here’s an excerpt of his […]

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Routes Function in ActiveCaptain Will Change the Game

Routes Function in ActiveCaptain Will Change the Game

I know that’s a bold statement, but when I can have access to a library that will eventually likely hold many thousands of already planned (by me AND other boaters) routes, and then someday soon use those routes with more ActiveCaptain technology to tell me what’s up ahead, I will be in a different place […]

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Vessel Assist San Diego Refloats Sunken Nordhavn 75 EYF

Written by on March 15, 2011 in Maintenance & DIY, People & Profiles, seamanship with 0 Comments
Vessel Assist San Diego Refloats Sunken Nordhavn 75 EYF

Vessel Assist San Diego routinely performs some pretty amazing salvage work, but refloating a 150-ton Nordhavn 75 EYF that sank in its slip in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, was an especially prodigious effort since it required driving all the proper salvage equipment 24 hours down the Mexican penninsula. You can read the full story […]

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Nobeltec: The Future Has No Dongle

Written by on February 22, 2011 in Electronics, seamanship, Technology with 1 Comment
Nobeltec:  The Future Has No Dongle

I have seen the future of Nobeltec, and it has no. . . okay, okay, I couldn’t resist.  But c’mon, let’s admit, that dongle was the only real thing we hated about Nobeltec navigation software.  And yes, I know all the reasons they had for using it, but it really got in the way.  And […]

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Fugawi Offers Avia Instrument Display Software

Written by on January 21, 2011 in Electronics, seamanship, Technology with 0 Comments
Fugawi Offers Avia Instrument Display Software

Fugawi announced today the availability of its new Avia Motor and Avia Sail instrument software.  If you have NMEA 0183 or 2000 data streams, you can use this software to set up a nice monitor configuration that suits your preference.  The software will read 0183 data via a standard serial port input, or using an […]

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New Website for C-Map by Jeppesen

Written by on January 21, 2011 in Electronics, seamanship, Technology with 0 Comments
New Website for C-Map by Jeppesen

Jeppesen, a Boeing company, said today it has launched a revamped website for its light marine business.  The new look is clean and uncluttered and looks like it will be much easier to navigate.  I’m a big fan of “white space” on websites.  It allows your eye to quickly capture the most important information, and […]

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