• Wim Vercauter

    Wim Vercauter is a freelance boating editor and a fire safety expert.

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    Scuba divers have long used just a compass for navigation. But innovations are expanding options, and a global competition is on to develop the ideal diver navigation device.   To date, satellite navigation has been available only above the water’s surface. But Submarine Open Technologies (Subteq.io) says a revolution...

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    The new Garmin Nautix handset is a brilliant piece of technology that supports watch-keeping on board a vessel. This useful in-view display is a near-eye augmented-reality device,  similar to avionics head-mounted display used by fighter pilots.   Skippers and fishermen can see in their glasses online critical boat...

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    While a chart plotter can show where everything around is supposed to be, nothing beats a radar for navigational safety. The basic principle of radar operation is based on the fact that radio waves are reflected by objects. Because propagated electromagnetic waves are traveling through air at a constant speed, it is...

    Hydrofoil, which lifts the hull out of the water, was popular in the ’60s and ’70s, mostly with successful military and commercial passenger boats. Although hydrofoil can reduce both the effect of waves and the drag at high speed, hydrofoils are vulnerable to objects in the water and expensive to build. Foilborne...

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    Many skippers are used to trimming their outboard engine or sterndrive manually—besides, experienced helmsman never like dummy-proof solutions. We also had our doubts until we tested the Active Trim system. This intuitive hands-free system continually adjusts the engine trim to deliver a better overall driving...