Raymarine Marine Electronics
Raymarine, the world leader in marine electronics develops and manufactures the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets.
Raymarine Marine Electronics
Designed for high performance and ease-of-use our award-winning products are available through a global network of dealers and distributors. The Raymarine electronics and product lines include radar, autopilots, GPS, chartplotters, instruments, fishfinders, communications, software and systems.
Chartplotters & GPS
Chartplotter & GPS
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New "App" Takes GPS to New Realms
I don't have an iPhone, but I sure would love to have one, if only for the mind-blowing number of "Apps" that software engineers are seemly developing on their lunch breaks (at last report from Apple there arc more than 15.000 available and counting). A friend of mine showed me his latest application the other day-audio clips of Mr. T (from the A-Team television scries) citing his most memorable lines. Good stuff. But I digress. I'm sure there arc iPhonc applications racing sailors are tapping into, but we recently learned about one that is pretty impressive. This one could essentially make small hand-held GPS units obsolete (that is of course, if iPhones proliferate the world). The application, MotionX-GPS, is from Fullpower Tech- nologies in Santa Cruz, Calif. Philippe Kahn (of Pegasus Racing fame) is the man behind Fullpower, so there are a whole bunch of sailing implications built into this application, which is already being used by all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts.
application does is combine GPS technology with the iPhone's built-in accelerometer (the technology that senses movement) to create a highly accurate navigational in- terface. The accelerometer ("a tiny chip"), says Kahn, enhances the GPS solution on the iPhone. The application has all the essentials a racing sailor could want: digital compass, navigation (waypoint input, latitude/longitude. Velocity Made Good, Speed Over Ground, etc.). and yes, there's even a stopwatch interface to get you off the starting line on time. But here's where it goes beyond your typical handheld GPS unit: it has an "Adventure Share" interface where you can instan- taneously send your waypoints, tracks, and even a photo back to your friends wondering how you're doing in that coastal distance race (or even your twi- light beer-can race). The latest version to be released in early March will have live satellite map overlays, and that, says Kahn, who refined the software during his record setting Pacific Cup victory in 2008, is just the beginning. The basic application is free to download and gets you the basic GPS output package, but the $2.99 version gets you the satel- lite map overlays, the sharing function, as well as 101 recorded tracks and 303 stored waypoints. That's a whole season of racing and more, documented right there on your phone. Very cool. www.fullpower.com
is stepping up its race electronics line with the launch of the Raymarine ST70 Plus instrument and autopilot display system, which the company says is an ultra bright, high-resolution color display, ideal for day-racing applications. Other features of the new system include eight user-defined instrument data pages with 25 screen layout options for each page, night and inverse display mode options with high contrast and wide viewing angles, and a remote keypad with a carousel menu with large easy-to-read icons. www.raymarine.com.
If you really want to feel the helm when it goes light, a carbon tiller extensions is the only thing you want resting in your palm. Trust me once you use one. you'll never want to use anything else. Ronstan was one of the early players in the carbon tiller extension game with their Ronstan Battlestick. but they've reintroduced their carbon extensions with a new line that are said to be even lighter and stronger than the originals. The technical speak is that they're made from a combination of carbon and "full-length longitudinal and 43-degrec lateral glass fibers." The tapered profile is finished with a thin grip and an endstop. Lengths range from 24" to 98". The 98-inch model does not come with a grip or end cap so it can be cut to length. Prices range from $69 to $150. www.ronstan.com