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Make an iGoogle “Sailing” tab your home page

A number of fellow loafers at the marina showed interest in using the tab that I have created within iGoogle to gather together items of interest for sailing. If you havent yet created an iGoogle page of your own I highly recommend doing so – have a look at this video to see how easy it is.

After you create your iGoogle page then you can create “tabs” which house different collections of widgets. For example I have a “tab” called “Local” where I see all the local entertainment and news. Similarly I have

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Buy Raymarine AIS500 or buy £800 of Raymarine shares?

I applaud Raymarine for having brought this unit out earlier this year, it is good product marketing and market positioning (pun intended:-)

But if you already have a reasonably sophisticated set up, and already have AIS, is it worth spending £800+ to upgrade to this unit?

Here is my take on the list of features for the AIS500:

Feature Comment * Class B AIS Receive & Transmit Good – and so do all the competition at this level * Dual Channel AIS Monitoring Ability Good – and so do all the competition at this level * Targets displayed

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Download Maretron Software FREE!

Maretron have allowed a free download of their excellent drawing software for free here.

Using this software you can: * Design NMEA2000® Networks * Document network Design Decisions * Analyse NMEA2000® Networks * Automatically Generate Bill of Materials (BOM) * Create Network Configuration Files * Print Schematics and Reports

N2KBuilder™ software is a powerful, free PC-based tool for designing and verifying the integrity of NMEA 2000® networks. The N2KBuilder™ software, when installed on a Windows PC and used as part of an integrated design workflow can be used to layout, document, and validate

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Garmin in talks to buy Britain’s Raymarine

I know these rumours have been going on for some time – see my post last year – when Raymarines share price started moving…well checkout this Reuters article by by Purwa Naveen Raman and Savio D’Souza

…”Raymarine, which makes fishfinders, autopilots, marine radar and GPS systems for leisure boats, and rivals like Garmin and Norway’s privately held Navico are struggling to chart a course in a weak economy that has crimped demand for discretionary consumer goods they offer. “Raymarine gives Garmin the all-important original equipment manufacturer (OEM) footprint,” Panmure Gordon analyst Oliver Wynne-James said upgrading Raymarine’s

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RC400 – listen up all you “diehards”

Following correspondence with one of the readers here I thought I would highlight this item in case you are one of the diehards who keep on using the ill fated RC400 handheld GPS/ Chartplotter abandoned by Raymarine….

The reader was having trouble getting his RC400 to boot past the usual globe picture and the warning message.

So I advised : 1. The usual reset procedure 2. Using the uprated NiMH batteries … Click here for the full description…

But what the reader found was that the Raychart 400 Software Upgrade v01.03.00 was

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