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AC Reverse Polarity Indicator

An important part of a boat’s AC shore power system is a reverse polarity indicator light. Typically, power to a 120VAC system is delivered on three lines. A reverse polarity situation arises when the hot and neutral lines are inadvertently cross wired making the neutral “hot”.

Double Pole AC Circuit Breaker

Most boats have a shore power inlet for tying into the electrical services provided dockside by the marina which connects the boat to the electricity supplied by the local utility. The power supplied is AC (alternating current), and is usually available as 240V/120V, with a 30A typically...

Vexilar Portable Depth Sounder/Fishfinder with built-in WiFi

This is a very cool idea. It looks like a tennis ball but it is a portable WiFi fish finder. The Vexilar SonarPhone T-Pod Sonar/Transducer can be cast, thrown from shore or pulled behind your boat. The SP100 has a single beam, 30 degree wide-angle beam signal using a 125 kHz transmit frequency. It has a self-contained battery that turns off automatically to save power, is charged through a computer USB port or the included USB wall plug charging cube and lasts up to 4 hours on a single charge.

Furuno 1st Watch Wireless Radar DRS4W

The Furuno DRS4W is the first wireless radar that can connect to your iPhone or iPad from up to 10 meters away. The radar is very similar to the Furuno 4KW dome radar, with a 36 mile range but the DRS4W has a built-in WiFi module. You still have to run a power cord but no thick radar cable.

Garmin Acquires Fusion Electronics

In our previous two Marine Electronics roundups we have been discussing the importance of integrating technology and platforms for marine products. These partnerships help further accelerate advancements in technology by improving connectivity, creation of turnkey devices, and even lower prices. In recent news, Garmin completed their acquisition of Fusion Electronics, a supplier of marine and car audio electronics, and has been rebranded as Fusion Entertainment.

Boater’s Test – Cell Phone Booster

Quite often we boat up at the end of Indian Arm, behind Croker Island and across from Granite Falls. The cell reception is spotty at best and it really depends on where you are standing on the dock or where you are in your dinghy out in the bay. There are a number of cellular to WiFi modem solutions, such as the Rogers Rocket Hub or the Telus Smart Hub, but I didn’t want to sign up to a monthly service. I also didn’t want to spend a lot on the initial hardware purchase or have something hard-wired to the boat.

Garmin Helm and Marine Wi-Fi Adapter Kit

In an earlier post, we looked at two very cool apps from Pocket Mariner, Boat Beacon and Boat Watch Pro. This time we would like to look at a new app from Garmin called Garmin Helm. This free app allows you to control a Garmin GPSMAP 8000 series with your iPhone or iPad when paired with the Garmin Marine Wi-Fi Adapter.

Garmin Glo Portable GPS and GLONASS Receiver

Recently we were looking at an AIS App developed by Pocket Mariner Inc. called Boat Beacon. This App provides AIS on any iProduct with iOS 6.1 or later and most Android smartphones and tablets. This led us to a product called Garmin Glo which enables GPS on iPod and WiFi only tablets via Bluetooth. The Garmin GLO Portable GPS and GLONASS Receiver locks on to satellites approximately 20% faster and remains connected even at high speeds.

Boat Watch Pro and Boat Beacon

Today I am going to look at two very cool Apps. If you don’t have your AIS up and running or perhaps, you don’t have AIS on board, there is a new app that allows you to point your iPhone camera at a boat and...

Battery Composition

Ever wonder how a battery stores electricity? The following article tries to summarize the system for our readers.

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