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Preventing engine cancer

Galvanic corrosion can make your boat engineís lower unit look like you ordered the special zombie edition. Hereís why it happens and how you can prevent it.Read More...
August 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

Clean your displays inside and out

Who hasnít mistaken the shadow of a water spot on an LCD screen for a fish, waypoint or radar target? Or was it a smear of sunscreen lotion or insect repellent left by a fingertip? Hopefully it wasnít a permanent scratch, crack, craze or other scar.

And the growing popularity of touch screens in marine electronics is increasing the hand-screen contact problem.Read More...
July 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

Off-road hybrids

Anybody who runs a boat with a gas engine on the back and an electric motor on the front is familiar with the gas-electric hybrid concept. When you want to be silent and not breathe engine exhaust, you run the electric motor. When you want to go faster and noise and exhaust are not a problem you run the gas engine.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 9:38 am

Dog tracking made easy

Editorís Note: Although this product isnít related to marine electronics, the author ran across this great hunting product.

A few years back I had a scare I donít ever want to repeat. I was hunting pheasants with Brit, a Brittany I acquired through the PAWS rescue group in Austin, Texas, when she disappeared. We were hunting in grass prairie speckled with islands of tall, dense brush 30 to 50 feet across.Read More...
May 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Seat-of-your-pants orientation rules

Once upon a time, one of the most tedious things we boaters and fishermen attempted was to figure out exactly where we were on a lake map or chart. Few freshwater fishermen bothered to mount a compass on their boat and just used shoreline sightings and depth soundings to figure out where they were.Read More...
April 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

When familiarity breeds content

Whoever said that familiarity breeds contempt was not talking about their marine electronics. The plain and simple truth is that the better you know your electronics, the more they can do for you. As a ďfor instance,Ē Iím still learning about the side- and down-scanning features on the newer Humminbird and Lowrance sonar units. The features have been out for five or six years, yet Iíve noticed that there are still many fishermen who donít seem to grasp how much help they can be.Read More...
March 01, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Underwater eyes

Underwater video cameras have been around for decades without gaining the popularity they deserve. They have always delivered decent picture detail, but the older cathode ray tube (CRT) screens used by earlier models suffered visibility problems from glare and grayed out in bright sunlight. Bulky cables and camera heads were difficult to manage, and the systems had a heavy thirst for battery power.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Midnight at the marina

It is midnight at the marina where your boat is moored, and water is slowly rising in its bilge. The float switch turns on your automatic bilge pump, but it canít stay ahead of the leak and the water level creeps upward. By the time you return to the slip, your boat will be hanging by its mooring lines ó if youíre lucky!Read More...
January 01, 2012 at 1:00 am

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