Navigating with tablets and phones is here to stay, but what are the dangers? And what can we do to make sure we don't have an iThing-assisted wreck? Here are ten tips.
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Some of the best cruising grounds in the world are plagued with fog, so it pays to have the necessary gear as well as navigation and collision-avoidance skills—will make you safer at night too.
Colin starts off a three part series with an in-depth analysis of the tools to have when the visibility shuts down.
John is back on one of his favourite hobby horses: tips for buying the right marine electronics for going offshore...rather than the right marine electronics to enrich the companies that make this stuff. And he wants your help on this in the comments. Complimentary Post
Charging batteries fast has all kinds of benefits: less engine wear, fuel savings, less carbon. But how far can we go and what are the lurking dangers?
The whole process of buying, installing and working with a satellite phone can be downright intimidating and very frustrating. John explains how to make the whole process easy. The results of 15 years of experience with Iridium devices.
Few pieces of new gear have created more buzz in the offshore cruising community than the Iridium GO!. And there have also been few pieces of gear that have been surrounded with as many myths and as much confusion as the GO!.
John busts the myths and analyzes the benefits of buying an Iridium GO!.
When radar really matters, what unit should you buy? John has the answer based on 30 years of radar experience, much of it in places where reliable radar is vital.
Solid recommendations, for VHF radios, sat phones, AIS, Navtex and Weather Fax
Up to this point in this Online Book we have been writing about good navigation practices. Now let's turn our eyes to the cool electronic toys we all love.
And since I'm an electronics technician by trade and have spent most of my working life in high tech fields this is going to be leading edge stuff and way cool!
Should you buy a Navtex? There are alternatives, but there are also trade-offs.
Marine electronics are great but they can also make you crazy. Here are some tips to keep you sane.
What hardware should you buy for receiving weather information and other communications? In this chapter I take a look at the two main options, HF SSB and satellite phone, and make some recommendations.
For many navigators the idea of going to sea without any paper charts aboard at all is pure heresy. But is that really true? Are we just hanging on to paper charts because we are stuck in our ways? Is there a viable all electronic backup?
Pretty near all of us are now using electronic navigation systems, that's a given, but can you safely dispense with paper charts altogether?
It's amazing how much great information our readers can impart in the comments. In this post I summarize the results of our last post. Don't miss it, you will learn a lot, as I did.