Communications

GMDSS: Mass Confusion?

Recently we received the following e-mail from reader Gerard Lacroix, asking questions about radio communications that must be on the minds of others. Your...

Standard HX350S Is Top-Rated Waterproof Handheld VHF Radio

Waterproof VHF handheld radios just make sense. For many of us, they are only used during emergencies. Making them waterproof for the marine environment...

GPS 406 MHz EPIRBs: ACR vs. NAT

The prime electronic rescue device has for many years been the EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon).The original concept of the EPIRB was a...

Inexpensive E-mail: Magellan GSC 100 vs. SASCO OceanMail 2000

Bringing e-mail capability onboard is not as simple as what you may have at home. Unless your boat is at a dock with a...

In-Your-Pocket Email

Sailors want email on their boats. Walking around the marina in the spring and fall with skippers busily getting their boats ready for their...

Close As A Pencil Point

On May 1, President Clinton announced that the selective availability (SA) system used to degrade GPS (global positioning system) signals was terminated, effective at...

Offshore Log: Essential Forecasting Tools

Our years of sailing in New England and the Caribbean, with their stable, predictable weather patterns, left us ill-prepared to deal with the vagaries...