Marine Electronics



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If you have enough time for a 3- to 5-amp charger to top off your batteries between trips, a pulse charger like this Xtreme Charge model can clean and condition their plates while maintaining a full charge. Smart battery charging 101
78 Views - Posted: June 18 at 9:00 am

Fishermen learn the easy way or the hard way that how long a trolling motor battery lasts depends on how competently they charge it. I’d go so far as to say that proper charging can be more important than how well the battery is built and how much you paid for it.


Weego’s Professional model is the company’s largest unit, and it’s still practically pocket sized. Portable power
169 Views - Posted: May 18 at 9:00 am

The last time you were miles from anywhere, turned your boat’s ignition key and heard nothing, what did you do?

No, I mean after you ran through the appropriate part of your vocabulary.


Panoptix’s view can be altered to show depths in colors, making it easy to determine depth of cover, contours and fish at a glance. Almost live TV
259 Views - Posted: April 20 at 9:00 am

One of the most-difficult aspects of teaching fishermen and boaters to interpret conventional sonar screens has been getting them to understand how a screen picture is made.


The new Bio-Lume LED light array is a fish magnet that works after dark in either fresh or saltwater. New high-tech night-fishing light
347 Views - Posted: March 23 at 9:00 am

Crossing a bridge over a southern reservoir on a summer night can treat you to a light show that really makes you want to wet a line.  When the bite is on and the word is out, the flooded timber can be dotted with enough lights to look like a field of stars.


Not all anglers need huge boats. And, as pro anglers Scott and Marty Glorvigen know, smaller electronics better fit the smaller crafts most families use. One size doesn’t fit all
312 Views - Posted: February 18 at 9:00 am

Every now and then, as I poke along through life, I’m hit with small blasts of clarity. Usually, it isn’t over anything new, just a clarification of a fuzzy thought that’s been lurking in the back of my mind.


Adding additional fuse blocks can ensure you have adequate power for your boat’s electronics, as well as making it easier to track down problems. Power where you need it
362 Views - Posted: January 19 at 9:00 am

Most boats come equipped with fuse blocks bearing just enough fuses to power their factory-installed 12-volt equipment, and you are on your own if you want to add accessories.


First published in 1981, Thayne Smith’s book, “In a Time of Need” detailed the use of Lowrance paper chart recording sonar units for search and recovery work. Electronics serving in times of need
301 Views - Posted: December 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

Search and recovery divers were pretty much on their own back in the early 1980’s; I know because I was one of them. I spent 10 years on the Dallas Fire Department’s dive team and worked from the department’s drag boats before the dive team came to be. Fireman Thad Moore, owner of a SCUBA shop in Dallas, thought we could do better for the families of drowning victims than recovering them with drag hooks. He developed a search and recovery class for SCUBA divers, canvassed the department for volunteers and the Dallas Fire Department’s SCUBA Search & Rescue team was born.


Charging your trolling motor batteries as you run can extend your fishing time and the lives of your batteries. Battery charging on the run
369 Views - Posted: November 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

From the Complaints You Will Never Hear department: “I fished in the wind all day and still have too darned much power left in my trolling motor batteries!”


To discover how much deeper your engine’s skeg runs than your transducer, park your boat on a level surface and measure the distances. How to keep your electronics from hurting you
468 Views - Posted: October 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

“Garbage in, garbage out” was a watchword with computers long before they were integrated into marine electronics. We rarely enter full-blown garbage into our stuff out on the water but expensive problems can stem from not giving some “minor” details the attention they deserve.


Minn Kota’s Ulterra offers auto stowing and power trim functions, as well as the ability to virtually anchor a boat in a specific location. Hot new electronics are coming
628 Views - Posted: September 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

Here is a look at a cross section of the new electronics coming our way:


High-tech smart chargers are smaller, lighter and take better care of our batteries, but sometimes it takes a boost from an old-tech transformer charger to save the day. Old tech to the rescue
377 Views - Posted: August 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

My town doesn’t allow people to talk on a hand-held cell phone while driving, but hands-free talking is OK so I keep our phones paired through Bluetooth to our two vehicles.


Are you ready for an on-the-water emergency? A floating ditch bag can hold everything you need to call and wait for help. EPIRB plus PLB equals SOS
449 Views - Posted: July 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

Standing in ankle-deep water on deck while too far from the shore to see it? Congratulations: You are behind a marine-grade 8 ball.


Side- and down-scanning units are amazing scouting tools for anglers. Get the picture?
396 Views - Posted: June 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

Strangely enough, the reservoirs on our nation’s river systems were not originally constructed to give us places to fish; they were built to control traditional spring floods that destroyed crops and homes.


There are so many choices in boat batteries — which one is right for you? Marine batteries 101
525 Views - Posted: May 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

Learning that all batteries are not created equal can be an expensive lesson. Power your trolling motor with batteries designed to start your engine and they will last for weeks rather than years. Buy full-maintenance batteries and treat them like maintenance-free versions and you will be lucky to get a single season out of them.


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