Monthly Archive: February 2020

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Lightning strikes, nicely refit 1978 Bristol 29.9 dies

We know how dangerous lightning can be to a boat and its crew, but to see it actually strike is something else. After a multi-year DIY refit, the 1978 Bristol 29.9 Perseverance lays at a Dorchester float completely ready for a challenging offshore race, but one second later she’s damaged beyond repair. Fortunately, the owner was not on board, and now he and the CCA have made the lightning damage details available to all of us who should be aware of how perverse and pervasive they can be…

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Furuno Wants You To Go On A Power Trip With Their All-New NavNet TZtouch3

Furuno set the standard for multi touch screen MFDs in 2012 with the introduction of their groundbreaking NavNet TZtouch series. NavNet TZtouch was refined in 2015 with the release of NavNet TZtouch2, introducing larger displays and more built-in features. Furuno has perfected the series with the introduction of NavNet TZtouch3, packing in more powerful features and functions, super-bright and responsive IPS displays, and a variety of screen sizes and interface options to suit any boating style or size of vessel…

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Garmin and Fusion unveil Signature Series 3 marine speakers and subwoofers with industry-first five-color LED lighting

Garmin International, Inc., the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer*, today announced it has redesigned its Fusion-branded Signature Series marine speakers and subwoofers with innovative LED lighting that delivers an unprecedented spectrum of color variations to complement each unique boat and style…

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CCA publishes revised “Safety for Cruising Couples” workbook

A new, revised and updated edition of the “Safety for Cruising Couples” workbook has been published by the Cruising Club of America. The workbook is part of the CCA’s popular and widely recognized Safety for Cruising Couples seminars offered by clubs and boating groups around the country. The goal is to help raise the competence and confidence of crew who are not generally in command of sailboats and powerboats cruising in coastal waters…

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Simrad RS40-B, the first VHF radio with AIS transceiver

AIS and VHF voice radios operate in the same frequency band, so it’s a natural step to combine the two functions into one device. But, combining a VHF radio and AIS transceiver has proved difficult. Although other manufacturers have tried, Simrad and B&G are the first to make it through approvals and ship radios to boaters. But how does the radio perform in the real world and is this a good choice for all your VHF communications needs?

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Wave WiFi Rogue Reach Dual Band, excellent high-power marine WiFi

These days many coastwise cruisers rely on cellular for their internet needs, but there’s still a place for high power WiFi radios that can connect to harbor hotspots, at least on my boat. And Wave WiFi’s dual-band Rogue Reach model has been making me very happy in this department. The interface shown in part above makes it easy to find and stay locked onto even fairly distant access points, and often they’re in the 5GHz band that most marine WiFi systems can’t see…