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Electronics Update

Here’s Looking At You

 SIMRAD’s forward-looking sonar technology delivers a clear view of what lies ahead of your boat.

Simrad, world-leader in the design and manufacture of marine electronics, announced today its new ForwardScan® forward-looking echo sounder transducer. Unlike traditional sonar that will only show boaters where they have been, the new technology provides a clear image on a Simrad multifunction display of the water column and ocean floor in front of the boat. ForwardScan® alerts boaters to potential dangers — offering complete navigation confidence and added peace of mind in unfamiliar waters.

forwardscan_mdDesigned for boats of every size, the ForwardScan transducer can be fitted on almost any kind of vessel allowing boaters to see what obstruction may be approaching. With an effective range of eight times the actual depth and a built-in user configurable shallow depth alarm, Simrad ForwardScan integrates seamlessly with other collision avoiding technologies including Broadband Radar and ensures cruisers avoid costly navigation mistakes. The advanced sounder technology is compatible with the SonarHub™ sounder module, and Simrad NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 series navigation systems. ForwardScan images can also be viewed on a smart phone and viewed and operated from a tablet on vessels equipped with the Simrad GoFree™ WiFi solution.

The possibilities are endless for safe navigating in all waters but especially when traveling somewhere for the first time.

The possibilities are endless for safe navigating in all waters but especially when traveling somewhere for the first time.

“Our new, affordable forward-looking technology will help boaters eliminate the worry of potential groundings in unfamiliar waters, that can be much more than just embarrassing—they can cause extensive damage to running gear, keels and rudders,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico. “Cruisers will love clear images of what lies ahead, and the confident edge and peace of mind that ForwardScan provides by showing the perfect spot to drop anchor.”

The Simrad ForwardScan sonar has a two-year limited parts and labor warranty and is protected by the Simrad Advantage Service Program. For more information on Simrad ForwardScan, compatible technologies or the entire line of Simrad Yachting performance marine electronics, please contact 800-324-1356 (toll-free) in the USA or 800-661-3983 (toll-free) in Canada or visit www.simrad-yachting.com.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Electronics Update

 

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Dock Buzz

Dock Buzz

NEW ADDITION

Taking up the middle slot in its Pro FourStroke Series of outboard engines, Mercury presents a 200-hp model to round out the offerings.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Mercury Marine’s Pro FourStroke line up included the 250- and 300-hp engines designed with the same notable acceleration and top speed of its other Pro Series engines, including the OptiMax Pro XS and Verado.

Joining the already sea-tested model offerings is the 200-hp Pro FourStroke, an engine built on the same six-cylinder Verado platform as its proven predecessors.

200_ProFourStroke_spec_largeAccording to the company, the 200-hp Pro delivers exceptional hole shot speed with punchy mid-range acceleration. Furthering its performance, the state-of-the-art supercharged technology, developed for Verado, allows exact and programmable control with regards to strategizing fuel consumption and air intake.

The outstanding torque and overall performance of the 200 Pro FourStroke make it ideal for pontoons, saltwater bay and flats boats and freshwater fishing boats and comes standard with the Advanced Mid Section (AMS), Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS) and electro-hydraulic power steering for an unrivaled driving experience.

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For more information about the 200-hp Pro FourStroke, or any of the other fine Mercury Marine products, visit the company Website at http://www.mercurymarine.com

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Dock Buzz

 

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Photo Op

Photo Op

Dear Capt. Ken: We were visiting your New York CIty this past summer and, while recently viewing some of the postings on this wonderful site of yours, noticed all the various and thoroughly enjoyable contributions to the Photo Op section that have been put up. It was quite moving that our travel plans coincided with the 9/11 tribute. We were out on the water, on one of the ferry service boats crossing from the New Jersey side and going over to the Wall Street area when we took this picture with our iPhone. We think the image speaks for itself.
Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin C., Brisbane, Australia

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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Photo Op

 

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Electronics Update

I SEE YOU!

The latest device from FLIR now puts thermal imaging right in the palm of your hand.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

I remember the first time I ever had the opportunity to use a thermal imaging camera. It’s one of those boating moments that becomes a, ‘hey, I could get used to this!’ experience. Kind of like way back when I checked out a Loran unit—yes, shipmates, unlike some of you, I remember that technology—or switched on a GPS chartplotter.

The boat I was delivering, decked out to the electronic nines, had a FLIR night vision camera display at the helm and, while coming into a harbor I had never visited, dead of night, no moon, I decided to have a look. Eureka! There they were; boats at anchor, buoys, channel markers, all clearly visible and giving me a safe, slow bell path to the town dock.

With a complete line of sophisticated thermal imaging systems including the hand-held personal First Mate II and BHM Series, the MD, M, Voyager, and the top-of-the-line MU Series, FLIR now has something for those of you with iPhone5 and 5S smartphones: FLIR ONE™

FLIRONE_ViewEUsing special sensor technology that was originally developed for military night vision, FLIR ONE converts heat, which is emitted from every object on earth, into color images. These color images allow users to not only see in the dark, but to also observe differences in temperature of fractions of a degree. FLIR ONE’s powerful capacity to augment human vision opens up a new world of possibilities for consumers.

FLIRONE_ViewB-1The device fits on the phone case and displays live thermal imaging in both stills and video right on the phone’s screen. FLIR ONE comes with the MX APP™, free from the Apple APP Store, and provides a variety of functions that, according to the company, make it easy to collect and share compelling and useful thermal images. It can load captured images directly to the camera roll and allows users to easily share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media channels, among many other features. FLIR ONE also houses its own battery source that can power the device for more than two hours of continuous use. It can also be configured to boost iPhone5 and 5s battery life by up to 50 percent. FLIR ONE will be available for selected Android models later this year.

For more information about this exciting new FLIR product, or any of the other fine electronics in the thermal imaging line up, visit the company Website at http://www.flir.com

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Electronics Update

 

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Maintenance

Maintenance

Antifouling 101, A Comprehensive Guide from Interlux®

Everything you wanted to know, and most likely more, about bottom paint.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Some of my most cherished memories of boat ownership took place many years ago when I owned a 42-foot, Maine-built lobster boat made of wood. She was an East Blue Hill, Webber’s Cove boat with the kind of lines that, well made you see what a boat was supposed to look like. She was seaworthy, dependable, and possessed quite the salty, nautical soul. My boat saw me through college life by six packing her during my undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate studies.

For me, keeping my boat looking good was as important as making sure my single flat head, 90-hp, 6 cylinder Ford Lehman diesel was always running clean oil. To that end, my spring weekends, prior to getting her ready for the charter season, were spent with sander, caulking, and of course, paint brush. And, accepting my hubris on this particular subject, I became quite proficient with preparing the hull and applying bottom paint.

A lot has changed since those halcyon days in the yard and to help you understand the often-complex decisions that go into this most important maintenance item, my friends at Interlux have prepared quite the comprehensive guide to antifouling paint.
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Called Antifouling 101, it’s a free PDF download in the company’s Ask The Experts Series. Even if you’re not a DIYer, the information you’ll get will make it worth the read. You can download the guide at www.yachtpaint.com/LiteratureCentre/antifouling_101_usa_eng.pdf as well as visiting the company Website at http://www.yachtpaint.com

If you have any other boat maintenance items you would like us to cover, please let us know by tabbing the COMMENT button on the bottom right side of this page. We’ll do everything we can to get you the right information.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Maintenance

 

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Photo Op

Photo Op

We are on our way back to the States from an extended fishing trip to Central America and spotted this sign at a local marina on the Pacific Ocean side of Mexico. I thought it might make a good posting for you as a message to our Congress: No Shouting, No Running, No Pushing. Instead, how about enjoying a good day out on the water to put things in perspective. –Capt. Armando L., Long Beach, CA

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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Photo Op

 

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Electronics Update

New “Navionics Boating“ App

The latest addition to the company’s stellar lineup of products has the ability to further enhance your boating experience.

Besides the absolute joy of being involved in whatever boating experience you may have, one of the most exciting areas that can often have a profound impact on our time out on the water is the electronics sector.

Our friends at Navionics have a user-friendly, free app that is designed to provide you with enhanced mobile coverage no matter which device you choose to use.

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Navionics Boating is a simple to use app with versatile features including track recording, up-to-date tide and current data, wind forecasts, access to shared Community Edits, the largest searchable database of marine POI’s available, social media sharing, backup of valuable markers, routes, tracks, photos and videos, optional map overlays, syncing of data across multiple devices, geo-referenced articles, and value-added upgrades!

Navionics Boating is easily found on iTunes and Google Play for iPhone, iPad, Android Handset, and Tablet.  Advanced feature upgrades of Nav Module, Autorouting, Advanced Map Options and Navionics+ are currently available on iOS, but coming soon to Android.

route_ipaSimply download the app for free, and then shop In-App for the chart coverage you want anywhere in the world.  Enjoy the same marine and lakes great detail found on your GPS chartplotter. A significant advantage of this app is the ability to purchase, at a reasonable price, additional coverage as needed where charts will merge seamlessly and be accessible from one app. Advanced feature upgrades such as Nav Module, Autorouting and Advanced Map Options are available on all regions purchased for more savings and convenience.

Chart coverage areas for purchase include: US & Canada/USA/Caribbean & South America/Greenland & Iceland/Norway/Baltic Sea/Skagerrak & Kattegat/UK, Ireland & Holland/Central & West Europe/ Mediterranean & Black Sea/Upper Volga River/Moscow Area/Lower Volga River/Central Volga River/Canaries, Azores & Madeira/Africa & Middle East/Indian Ocean & South China Sea/China Sea/Australia & New Zealand and Pacific Islands. To download from within the app go to Menu>Upgrades & Apps.

Individual regions can be further enhanced by Navionics+, the unique mobile solution that includes the award-winning SonarCharts™ and allows 12 months of continuous updates, meaning more than 2,000 edits every day and improvements supplied by Navionics and the entire community of more than one million users.

For more information on Navionics Boating or to learn more about Navionics and its entire product line, please visit www.navionics.com

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Electronics Update

 

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