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  • A NMEA 2000—and Beyond—Survival Guide
     Subscribers OnlyNMEA 2000 (aka NMEA 2K or N2K) is the communication standard replacing NMEA 0183. It is a technical standard (IEC...
  • The New Bad Boy
    Since we last looked at onboard Wi-Fi antennas/boosters (PS, April 2010), there have been no notable newcomers to the...
  • An Experiment in Boosting Wi-Fi the DIY Way

    In November 2010, Practical Sailor posted a Reader Workbench article written by subscriber Ed Mini of...

  • Performance Racing App for Sailors
    Two racing sailors from Charleston, S.C., got together last spring to develop an economical alternative to electronic...
  • Bad Elf GPS Pro Boosts iPad Nav Apps
     Subscribers OnlyLooking to add GPS functions to WiFi Apple devices or increase the GPS accuracy of a Bluetooth device? U.S. company...
  • Test Driving New Nobeltec TZ
    Nobeltec, a marine-navigation software developer based in the U.S., recently released a new chartplotting app for the...
  • Weather4D iPad App Review
     Subscribers OnlyAs a followup to our April 2012 report on useful iPad apps for sailors, we recently sea-trialed the new Weather4D...
  • Navigation Software for Macs
     Subscribers OnlyThere are still not as many marine navigation programs for Mac computers as for there are for PCs, but their quality...
  • Mailport: July 2013
    A few issues ago, you had a short article on deck hardware (blocks, traveler, cars, etc.) that included Garhauer, and...

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