Vesper Marine WatchMate XB-8000 smartAIS
Vesper Marine has added new functionality to its black-box XB-8000 AIS transponder. The system adds a layer of safety through active alarms that monitor potential collision threats and alert the user. According to Vesper Marine, smartAIS uses navigation-sensor, GPS, and AIS data to prioritize alerts.
Garmin Phantom Radar
Deputy Editor Jason Y. Wood checks out the new Garmin Phantom Radar.
How to Manage Your Helm for Top Performance and Long Life
Be smart about the way you manage your helm for top performance and long life.
Vesper Marine’s Virtual Buoy System
Vesper Marine explores innovative ways to use AIS and employ the powerful warning and messaging capabilities embedded in the system. The company just launched a project to mark a no-anchor zone over some seabed power cables and we saw it in action.
Virtual Buoys in the Long Island Sound
How Vesper Marine is using AIS to create virtual buoys to protect power cables for the New York Power Authority in the Long Island Sound.
McMurdo SmartFind M5 AIS Class A Transponder
The McMurdo SmartFind M5 AIS Class A is a transponder that provides name and navigation data from other vessels and can be integrated with a variety of chartplotters and networked systems, including a PC system using the PC AIS viewer included with the unit.
Vesper Marine's Virtual Buoys
AIS is a powerful system for helping boats avoid collisions, but that's just scratching the surface of its capability. Case in point: A smart virtual buoy system coming online soon that will protect power lines on the seabed of Long Island Sound.
Tested: Standard Horizon HX870 GPS-Integrated Handheld VHF
Our review of the Standard Horizon HX870 GPS-Integrated Handheld VHF.
How to Plan a Transoceanic-Worthy Helm on a Budget
A former educator used careful planning to find a helm setup within his budget for a Transatlantic cruise to the Baltics and beyond on his Kadey-Krogen 42.