• Theme: Equipment

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    Navionics has already popularized navigation apps for smartphones. The Italian company continues to develop its charting software with the introduction of an Android version of Dock-to-Dock Autorouting at boot Düsseldorf 2017. The program already worked on iPhones, iPads and select chartplotters. Simply punch in your...

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    Here’s a tip to help reduce the environmental impact of routine boat maintenance. BLU, a two-component filler manufactured by the Italian firm Ilpa Adesivi, is an eco-friendly, styrene-free putty. Company literature indicates that volatile organics content respects European directive maximums. The product contains no...

    You’ve probably seen them: loops of Dyneema rope, so called “soft shackles,” or blocks in which certain elements are textile rather than metal. Even textile deck fittings are entering the market and becoming increasingly popular.   This quiet revolution—the movement from hard steel toward soft materials—has been going...

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    At Sea Work Asia, Cobham was exhibiting its Explorer 710. This portable BGAN terminal intends to deliver unprecedented streaming rates: Not only does it provide an average 650 kbps speed but, when connecting two Explorer 710s with an Ethernet cable, it can achieve streaming rates over 1 Mbps. An Explorer Connect app...

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    Sweden-based CIMCO announced during Sea Work Asia that its OXE diesel engine will be distributed in China—important news for an interesting piece of technology. The OXE was launched commercially in 2016. This high-performance diesel outboard differs from its competition by its design, as it relies on a marinized...

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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...

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    Monitoring a boat has been significantly expanding with owners now able to monitor vessels from their phone or iPad thanks to apps. Choosing a technical solution is not always easy, but the development of ‘smart boating solutions’ is making that process and the task of monitoring boats a little less complicated. One...

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    Safety equipment is often mandatory by law according to boat size, type and flag. In 1948 the United Nations created the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a permanent body that deals with maritime safety; signatory countries adopt laws according to rules and regulations drawn up by the IMO. Leisure boats need...

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    FLIR’s Ocean Scout thermal camera could ease the challenge  of spotting things when out at sea either at night or day. This camera relies on thermal imaging as it picks up the heat that objects emit. Pocket sized, it displays data on a high-resolution LCD display. An InstAlert mode can be used in case of “man...