Monthly Archive: February 2019

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Weego Unleashes Monstrous Power to the Marine Market with Revolutionary Crankenstein

Weego, innovators of portable jump starters announced today the launch of Crankenstein™ Jump Starting 12V/24V Power Pack – a powerful, new, combination 12- and 24-volt portable jump starting solution, designed for the marine market. Crankenstein revolutionizes jump starting with industry-first features built into a compact power pack that is just nine pounds – 80% lighter than comparable lead-acid jump starters. Powered by the most reliable lithium-iron phosphate batteries, Crankenstein is ruggedly built to be the smartest, safest, most powerful and most compact solution available.

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Weego Crankenstein, serious jumpstart pack with 24v capabilities

Weego’s Crankenstein is the first lithium chemistry jumpstarter under $1,000 that can start large 24v diesel engines, and its intuitive display with multiple powering options are noteworthy features that will hopefully come to more modestly priced designs.  My testing started in an unusual way and while my first test turned out not to be a big diesel it did offer a nice glimpse of the 9-pound, 12x6x8 inch Crankenstein’s always ready design.

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GPS date rollover affects older GPS units

On April 6th, 2019 older GPS units may experience a range of problems because of a limitation in how they handle dates.  Thos problems could include not being able to receive location data.  It turns out the way dates are stored in older GPS units has a rollover event every roughly 20 years and we are about to experience the second one since the GPS constellations came online.  The rollover last happened in 1999 but in the last 20 years, the use and dependence on GPS has increased dramatically.

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Carling Technologies Completes Consolidation Of Maretron

Carling Technologies, a world-class manufacturer of switching, control and circuit protection products announces the complete consolidation of the Maretron brand into the Carling Technologies portfolio of marine electronics products. “By drawing upon Carling’s ninety-nine years of design and manufacturing experience, the acquisition adds strength to Maretron, a brand that is synonymous with the highest quality marine vessel monitoring and control solutions…

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Furuno Brings All-New Features To Market With The Introduction Of FAR22X8BB Series Radar

With more than 60,000 installations on vessels ranging from tugboats to aircraft carriers, Furuno’s FAR21X7 Series Radar has been one of the most popular commercial Radar models on the water since its release in 2004… This year, the venerable FAR21X7 series will be ceasing production, making room for a new generation of Furuno Radars to step into the role. To this end, Furuno is proud to introduce its next-generation series of IMO-compliant Radars, the all-new FAR22X8BB… available in 12kW or 25kW X-Band, 30kW S-Band, or 250W Solid State S-Band configurations…

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Innovative electronics like Navico ID hardly mentioned, a new paradigm?

What is arguably the most innovative electronics system in recent times debuted at the Miami boat show and very few people noticed! I’m talking specifically about the Navico Information Display that was purportedly integrated into the dashboards of some 14 new boats around the show, but…

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Sea Ray reveals special-edition SLX-R package and all-new SLX 350 outboard at the Miami International Boat Show

During an immersive experience at the Miami International Boat Show, Thursday, Feb. 14, Sea Ray unveiled a limited-edition SLX-R package of the brand-new SLX 350 Outboard. The exclusive reveal was presented as part of Sea Ray’s celebration of 60 years of remarkably crafted boats. As a first-of-its-kind model, the SLX-R features elevated design elements combined with high-performance propulsion and innovative technologies to enhance the boating experience…

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ACR Electronics Introduces AISLink CB2 Class B AIS Transponder for Increased Visibility

ACR Electronics, Inc., leading manufacturer of life-saving distress beacons and survival equipment, has expanded its product portfolio with the launch of the AISLink CB2 Class B AIS Transponder. Ideal for yachts, sail and powerboats, fishing and light commercial vessels, the new Class B device significantly enhances navigational safety for boat owners, increasing visibility and aiding collision-avoidance…

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Lumishore Announces Lumi-Link Command Center

Lumishore, manufacturer of high-performance LED lighting systems, announced today the marine industry’s first plug-and-play module with a pre-installed, universal lighting Application Programming Interface (API) – the Lumi-Link Command Center. Offering boaters complete control of on-board Lumishore LED lighting systems…

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JL Audio Releases New M6 High-Performance Marine Loudspeakers

JL Audio announced today that it will unveil its new M6 series of premium marine loudspeakers at an exclusive VIP party held in Key Biscayne, the evening before Miami International Boat Show. Available immediately, the M6 line features a variety of full-range speakers, subwoofers and tower speakers that offer a compelling combination of style, performance and durability…