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We Are Celebrating Our 10 Year Anniversary - A Message from Jeff Cote

It’s hard to believe it has been a decade since we opened our doors. PYS has come a long way from one employee, one truck and a shared office over Skyline Marina. I started this company because, at the heart of it all, I am a boater.

Garmin's Product Updates

We recently attended a Garmin training course and thought we would share some of the things we learned. Some we knew and some are new. For 2016, the Garmin GPSMAP 76XX series chartplotters will include the full Western Canada G2 charts. Up until now, only the USA...

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 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.

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...

Erratic Tank Sensors

At a recent installation I was involved with, the build included NMEA 183 devices interfaced into NMEA 2000 (N2K). This yacht had multiple fuel tanks, water tanks and a few black water tanks. It had a variety of instrumentation GPS’s, sounders, a weather station, A.I.S, radars, rudder angle indicator, bilge pump monitoring and alarms. When this vessel was being commissioned, a very interesting fault of dueling sensors was debugged.

Navionics Releases an In-App Module for iPhone and iPad HD Apps

Do you already have the Navionics HD App for iPad and iPhone? It is amazing how useful it already is with all the features including vector charts, wind and tides, magazines and cruising guides, social media integration, the list goes on. But now the app has gotten even better - to upgrade you simply have to purchase the In-App Nav Module.

Boating Safety is a Priority!

It takes special people to help us stay safe so we can enjoy our time out on the water with fewer worries. This includes people who volunteer their time on organizations such as the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue organization, or even somebody who notices someone in trouble and lends a helping hand. The Canadian Boating Safety Council holds an annual event in January known as the Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAs). These awards recognize the people, programs, organizations and marinas that help to make boating in Canada safer and better for all of us, and to keep the environment clean. This is your opportunity as a boater to nominate someone or an organization you know that has made an exceptional contribution to boating safety.

Small Device, Great Benefits

The Greatland Laser RLL012-01 Rescue Light is a hand-held day and night laser signaling device. Unlike pyrotechnic flares, it is non-flammable, environmentally safe and can operate for 40 hours on a single, long-life, replaceable lithium battery.

Boater's Picks for Favourite App on the iPad - Part 5

The great app ideas just keep coming! Thank you for your suggestions and recommendations. As a reminder from Parts 1-4, I gathered a bunch of my boating friends and we talked apps. If an app was mentioned by three different boaters then it made the list. Many of these apps provide a free version; however, I have included the price for the full version.

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