Advances in marine electronics, including GPS and electronic charts, computer-aided design and gyro stabilizers, have transformed the on-the-water experience, making boating safer and more enjoyable.

Google Earth application enables boat race replays

The latest Google Earth application allows viewers to track boats or swimmers racing on the water. “This track technology is something we’ve been working on a long time” at Google, Peter Birch, product manager for Google Earth, told the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. Birch jumped on bringing Google Earth tracking to the sailing community. The…more

Coastal Angler debuts fishing app

Coastal Angler Magazine launched a smart phone FishOn application that delivers up-to-the minute local weather, marine conditions, tides, fishing regulations and other details that can affect a day on the water. The GPS-driven, Marvel Mobi-powered application is available for Droid, BlacBerry, and soon the iPhone. In addition to fishing forecasts, catch photos, fishing reports and…more

Strike Zone named PR firm for Ship-Equip

Ship-Equip selected California-based Strike Zone Communications to provide public relations and integrated marketing support services in North America. Ship-Equip’s main focus is to provide VSAT communication for the megayacht, offshore oil/gas, shipping and commercial fishing industries through its SEVSAT service. Ship-Equip is based in Alesund, Norway, and its headquarters for the Americas is in Stafford,…more

CWR Electronics team raises money to fight cancer

“Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back” was the motto for a team from CWR Electronics that participated in Relay for Life 2010 and raised more than $20,000 for the fight against cancer. This was an especially meaningful event for Team CWR, which lost one of its own when Rick Cohen, the company’s warehouse manager, died of pancreatic…more

Telemar Yachting to open Fort Lauderdale office

Telemar Yachting, an Italian-based superyacht electronics company, is opening a new North American office in Fort Lauderdale. “This permanent base in the yachting capital of the Americas rounds out our coverage of Asia, the Mediterranean and the Americas,” general manager Andy Gifford said in a statement. The new Telemar Yachting office will be managed by…more

Xantrex Technology supports relief missions

Xantrex Technology, a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, is actively supporting two outreach programs – the Floating Doctors and the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation – both of which are using its recently launched Freedom SW products to power their missions. The Floating Doctors is a non-profit medical relief team dedicated to reducing the present and future…more

AutoMotionTV debuts new app for showing boats

AutoMotionTV unveiled a new marketing application for Apple mobile devices that it said provides a fast, cost-effective platform for boatbuilders to deliver model lines to users. “Our new technology allows consumers to experience boats in the palm of their hands,” AutoMotionTV president Ben Anderson said in a statement. “With the ability to touch, spin and…more

Accmar Equipment gains UL certification

Miami-based Accmar Equipment Co. recently obtained Underwriters Laboratories certification for its shore power equipment, the company announced. Accmar has been working for two years to obtain the certification. The UL mark means that Underwriters Laboratories has tested and evaluated the product and determined it meets its strict requirements, Accmar said. “Not many power pedestal manufacturers…more

Cobham donates sat system for Haiti relief

Cobham, the British-based parent company of Sea-Tel Marine Satellites, donated a VSAT satellite communications system for the disaster relief agency Friend Ships Unlimited. The device will be used on the agency’s vessel Integrity and will be powered by Cobham Satcom Sea Tel antenna and Mobil Sat’s service. Integrity has previously completed two voyages to Haiti,…more

New app logs boating specifics

Boating Café has launched a Boating Suite app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Boating Suite allows users to record detailed logs of their boating trips and maintain logs for fuel, maintenance and expenses. It consists of six modules: Log Book, Fuel Log, Expense Log, Maintenance Log, To Do List and Shopping List. “A unique…more

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