Handheld Electronics

Multiplexing Marine Electronics

In the last three years, Practical Sailor has looked at several ways to integrate personal computers into our navigation routine. In July 2006, we...

GPS Receivers for Smart Phone Navigators

Medicated chartplotters and charting software installed on computers without serial ports are slowly changing the architecture of marine GPS receivers. Where every marine GPS...

Testing Smart Phones at Sea

With the hopes of answering readers questions about the viability of using a "smart phone" or Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) and the requisite charts...

New Waterproof Handheld VHFs Enter Crowded Market

Electronics is undoubtedly the most rapidly changing category of marine products, and the steady stream of new VHF radios is a good example of...

Stocking Stuffers For Sailors

Its hard to believe, but the 2009 holiday season is upon us. As is custom, Practical Sailor editors have put together a varied roundup...

Top-of-the-Line VHFs Packed with Multi-function Features

The fixed-mount marine VHF radios Practical Sailorreviewed this go round go way beyond the basic capabilities of the more moderately priced gear featured in...

Practical Sailors Gear of the Year 2009

As each year nears its end, Practical Sailor editors find themselves poring over the dozens of products reviewed in the previous months to choose...

Practical Sailor Tests AIS Class B Transceivers from West Marine and Navico

Practical Sailor last took a look at Automatic Identification System (AIS) units with the November 2008 evaluation of the Raymarine AIS250, a receive-only device....

Crossing Over

When it comes to gear for the outdoor enthusiast, there are a lot of crossover products. Hikers, bikers, boaters, backpackers, and climbers share a...

Feature-loaded High-end Marine Handheld VHF Radios

Like the inexpensive handheld VHFs we reviewed in the April 2009 issue, high-end radios are handy to have as backups to a fixed VHF...

Catalina 445: What You Should Know | Boat Review

Looking to buy a 40-50 foot sailboat? Considering a Catalina 445? See a Catalina 445 for sale? What are the pros and cons of...