Monthly Archive: June 2005

Sophie, keeping it simple 2

Sophie, keeping it simple

It was bittersweet driving Charlie down to Spruce Head Marine to launch his Golden Hind Sophie. It was yet another gray day in this record breaking spring, and, besides, Charlie now lives out of state and had to jump...

NSI, under the radar 0

NSI, under the radar

The croakers and rockfish just weren’t biting, but the research trip was terrific anyway. I’ll have more to say later about trying the latest incarnation of Maptech i3 and the Airmar factory tour, both very impressive, but today’s...

NDI, chart pirates? 16

NDI, chart pirates?

I have no tolerance for boaters who rip off electronic charts; the practice hurts decent companies and has understandably led to copy protection schemes the rest of us have to cope with. But one chart manufacturer, Nautical Data...

SOB!, free PC charting w/ AIS 0

SOB!, free PC charting w/ AIS

A reader from Sydney, Australia, wrote to say that he’s happily using a NASA AIS Receiver with a program I hadn’t heard of called Software on Board (SOB) from DigiBoat. I gave it a brief looksee, above...

Boat hook bailer, you gotta have one 7

Boat hook bailer, you gotta have one

Friday bonus gizmo: you can lock the two part handle open to get a sturdy 5’ boat hook, or you can apply some pump action and suck the last drop out a bilge or dinghy....

Alden BR40 helm 0

Alden BR40 helm

It was some fun getting a little wheel time on this Alden Brenton Reef 40 on Vineyard Sound last week. Despite bright sun and huge glass, you can see that the screen of the Raymarine C120 was up...

Topophone, who’s the geek now? 0

Topophone, who’s the geek now?

I joke about my often over-the-top test boat, but check this guy out! While the topophone looks like a sensible idea for improving our natural stereo audio reception (i.e., ears) so as to get better bearings on...

Navionics’ Platinum, photo maps 0

Navionics’ Platinum, photo maps

I’ve been getting requests to show more Platinum screens, so here’s one of what’s called Aerial Overlay. That means you can blend the regular vector charts with photo maps, which are straight down images that have...