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Vacuum sealer systems aren’t just for the kitchen anymore

Eating dinner at a friend’s house almost 20 years ago, I mentioned how good fresh fish tastes compared to fish that was frozen. He told me with a grin that the fish we were eating had been cooling in his freezer for two years.Read More...
April 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

Super portable GPS

When the press release about Garmin’s new marine-oriented Quatix sport watch hit my inbox, I opened it with lukewarm enthusiasm — but the more I read about it the more excited I got.

Two basic advantages of a watch with built-in GPS are that you don’t have to set it manually when you cross into another time zone and it can be accurate to within about a billionth of a second or, say, within one second every 30,000 years.Read More...
March 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

Is there an electric outboard in your future?

We fishermen have seen all-electric boats come and go, but most of these vessels have been small, slow and had limited carrying capacity that make them best suited to ponds or protected lakes.

Electric outboard motors with from five to 10 horsepower are available from several makers, and electric primary propulsion outboard motor systems for open utility and pontoon boats have long been available from manufacturers like Minn Kota and Torqeedo.Read More...
February 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

Semiautomatic fish finder operation

In the early days of automatic fish finder operation, I advised serious anglers to switch to manual mode where they could tune in a much better look at the underwater world. I think that has changed, and I now suggest that fishermen run their units in auto mode and just tweak the settings where they see problems.

You can now go into a unit’s menu and set parameters that help its computer meet your personal preferences and better handle your recreational waters.Read More...
January 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

Lowrance introduces new touchscreen unit, custom contour mapping service

Do you have a favorite fishing area that isn’t mapped as accurately as you’d like? Now you can do it yourself with any Lowrance HDS multifunction unit, including new models with touchscreen control.Read More...
December 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

Locating those pesky breakers and fuses

The first thing that springs to mind when an electrical accessory stops working is a blown fuse or popped circuit breaker. In a new boat this usually means pressing the circuit breaker button next to the accessory’s switch or popping the cover off a box near the console and checking the fuse or breaker that protects the now powerless accessory.Read More...
November 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

The most important electrical impulses are between your ears

Floating around for three hours with nothing but a Coleman cooler between you and drowning is enough to make a guy and his friends renew the commonsense boating habits they’ve let slide.Read More...
October 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

What the heck is trolling motor navigation?

A July press release from Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics begins, “Continuing the evolution of GPS trolling-motor navigation, Minn Kota’s i-Pilot Link utilizes GPS technology and ethernet connectivity to achieve new levels of boat control.”

Having attended a webinar on this new system, I was already thinking about how much that opening sentence is going to mean to fishermen.Read More...
September 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

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