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Tune screen yourself for best view

Today’s fish finders have automatic modes that can tune in a better sonar picture than probably 90 percent of fishermen could come up with adjusting it manually.Read More...
March 25, 2008 at 1:10 pm

New PLBs can be real lifesavers

Emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) have long been required equipment on commercial vessels and a smart addition for all larger boats. The introduction of the personal locator beacon (PLB), a smaller and manually operated version of the EPIRB, has spread the use of maritime distress beacons to smaller boats and to inland users on both land and water.Read More...
February 25, 2008 at 2:44 pm

First electronics rule: Do no harm

Every now and then, I’ll hear someone at a tackle shop or out at a launch ramp give advice on caring for electronics that stands my hair on end. The most frequent category of advice is how to clean LCD screens or, more accurately, the protective lenses that cover them.vRead More...
January 24, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Track plotters don’t get respect

Early GPS units were pretty clunky by today’s standards — and approximately 30 times more expensive. Today’s units are faster, more accurate, and most importantly, have a lot more memory. Now, we can look at a detailed on-screen map of the area around us and see ourselves on it. We can also see the locations of places we visited and saved as waypoints, and getting between them is as simple as selecting one with a cursor and hitting a Go-To button.Read More...
December 17, 2007 at 12:27 pm

Time to consider changing to LEDs

The lights on your trailer are your boat’s first line of defense against collisions. Running lights show other drivers that you have a boat behind you when towing in the dark. Brake lights and turn signals can help keep tail-gating drivers from turning your stainless steel prop into a hood ornament, night or day. That is, of course, if your trailer lights work.Read More...
November 27, 2007 at 3:14 pm

Is that on-screen fish really a fish?

Fish I.D. features that display cartoon-like fish symbols have been around since fish finders became computerized and incorporated LCD screens, and the controversy about whether the feature helps or hurts your fishing has been around just as long.Read More...
October 24, 2007 at 8:54 am

Get value from your deep-cycle battery

I confess. I hate messing with batteries. Cleaning and watering them is messy work that can put holes in your clothes, but swapping them out is worse — it can actually hurt you!Read More...
September 26, 2007 at 9:40 am

Trouble-free batteries not always best

Full-maintenance marine batteries are usually less expensive and lighter than maintenance-free models with the same amount of cranking power and reserve capacity.Read More...
August 22, 2007 at 1:36 pm

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