Category: Sailing & Racing

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FLIR introduces Raymarine Element S navigation displays

FLIR Systems announced today Raymarine Element S, a new series of navigation displays for cruisers and sailors. Building on the success of FLIR’s Raymarine Element HV Series with HyperVision sonar, the Element S models feature a superior all-weather display, best-in-class speed, and straightforward operation, while delivering confidence-inspiring GPS navigation to captains who don’t want or need the capability or extra expense of sophisticated sonar.​

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Raymarine’s New LightHouse OS Update Revealed

Home to thousands of boaters and steeped in rich maritime tradition, the coastal city of Annapolis is situated at the intersection of the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay. These storied waters have inspired generations of sailors, powerboaters and fishermen to take to the sea. For these reasons and more, Raymarine has chosen to make Annapolis the namesake of its latest LightHouse operating system update…

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E-Tech electric boat motors, used and distributed by Maine Cat

When the Maine Cat MC 38 came out in 2016, the lightweight, low drag 38 design seemed perfect for ever-improving electric propulsion. So I’ve followed closely as builder/designer Dick Vermeulen pursued an electric solution, and there are now two interesting stories in progress:  Maine Cat recently became the E-Tech distributor for North America and several MC 38 LS-E sailing cats will launch this spring with E-Tech outboards, hydro generation included.

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Calypso Ultrasonic Portable, wireless wind and more

One reason I like ultrasonic wind sensors is the absence of vanes, cups or any other moving parts that might get damaged by roosting birds, loose lines or clumsy humans. So how about one that can also sense Heading, Air Temperature, Pitch and Roll; that is especially sleek and compact; and that comes in three models able to deliver the data over Bluetooth, NMEA 0183, and/or WiFi?…

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New B&G WS300 wired & wireless NMEA 2000 wind sensors, no N2K mast cable needed

B&G just announced the WS300 range “of wireless and wired wind sensors designed for cruising and club racing sailors” and the first two models seem like smart designs at reasonable prices. It’s also interesting exactly how both types deliver NMEA 2000 wind information to a boat without having to run an N2K backbone up its mast…

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If you want to sail away, free FastSeas weather routing can help

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If you’re looking for a real getaway this morning, or even just an online distraction, FastSeas.com can help. It’s also a testament to how much goodness a smart boater/coder can create for his or her fellow mariners these days. And while FastSeas is primarily an online weather routing service for sailors embarking on ocean passages, it’s easy and flexible enough that even a coastal power cruiser can benefit…

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Sailing @ METS 2015: Anemomind, Astra, LCJ Capteurs, Garmin, Harken & Edson

METS2015_Anemomind_cPanbo.jpgXavier Righetti and Julien Pilet pose in their first METS stand with the three tangible elements of Anemomind. The white box contains a fast GPS receiver plus barometric pressure and 9-axis inertial motion sensors, as well as NMEA 0183/2000 ports, WiFi, Bluetooth, and lots of computing power. The connected app delivers wind, boat speed, and percentage of target speed attained, and it also passes the data along with notes and photos to the Anemomind cloud for near realtime race analysis. That’s all good, but the special sauce is less tangible…