Category: Cabin & deck gear

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Lumishore Redefines Marine LEDs with Revolutionary Smart Lighting System

Lumishore, manufacturer of high-performance LED lighting systems, takes above water interior and exterior illumination to a new level with the introduction of its new Smart Lighting product line. Smart Lighting by Lumishore, which is the world’s first and only marine DC system with tunable color and white light, recently caught the attention of DAME judges, garnering a special mention in the Marine Electronics and Marine Related Software category at METSTRADE in Amsterdam…

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Lumitec Razor LED Light Bar — Designed for Marine Applications!

Razor is the world’s first sleek, low profile light bar specifically designed to drop into a contoured pocket molded into a hardtop, radar arch, brow, or other surface. Lumitec’s careful thermal analysis and self-venting design puts an end to ‘pod’ mounted light bars, which can overheat and damage surrounding composites in hardtops…

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NavPod Expands Range of Product Offerings

NavPod, the leading manufacturer of waterproof housings for marine electronics, announced today there is a NavPod for every chartplotter and fishfinder available in the industry. The company now offers over 1000 precuts to fit multifunction displays from all major marine electronic manufacturers…

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Garmin OneHelm (HTML5) #1: Lumishore, Seakeeper, and Shadow-Caster

Though multifunction displays have been steadily gaining new functions, the Seakeeper and Lumishore buttons above represent a new era. Garmin calls it OneHelm, but the underlying HTML5 app technology is an important innovation that all the major MFD manufacturers are embracing. It significantly simplifies the process of creating MFD control…

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Seakeeper install…. 7,000 miles later

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As I sat down to write this article I flashed back to an eye-opening technology experience at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. My wife and I found ourselves on the Seakeeper roll stabilization demo boat in the mouth of the Port Everglades inlet with a Viking 60-foot sportfish doing circles around us throwing as big a wake as possible. Our demo ride led to a major install on our Carver motor yacht, which I can recall in vivid detail, but which also significantly improved our subsequent family voyage around the Great Loop…

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Ode to hydronic boat heating, and Sure Marine Service

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It seems appropiate to kick off 2018 with a discussion of heating technology, specifically the diesel-fired hydronic system I installed on Gizmo last year. It was a significant purchase and a major install, but the 66 degree pilothouse temperature seen above certainly made my early December ICW trip a lot more pleasant. I’ll explain why I chose hydronic, detail how the system went together, and profusely praise Sure Marine Service, a marine heating equipment distributor par excellence…

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Smörgåsboat 2: More tasty test electronics southbound on Gizmo

Passagemaker_Who_is_Ben_Ellison_article_opening_spread.jpgThe jury is still out. Brian Lind may have written a blushingly laudatory profile of Panbo and me for PassageMaker magazine — and you can now check out “Who is Ben Ellison?” online — but I agree with regular readers who may rightfully doubt my ‘authoritative’ ‘expertise’! This site is not the “arbitrator of marine electronics” — no such thing exists — and evidence is building that I’ve become a bumbling old boat guy barely in command of all the gear he’s installed, plus very darn slow to write about it…

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Smörgåsboat: The tasty testing buffet installed on Gizmo for 2017

While I do think that Gizmo offers a bountiful spread of delicious marine electronics these days, a more serious title for this entry might read: “Guilt: All the darn gear I’ve borrowed but haven’t...