Special Report: Prevent VHF/AIS Malfunction

Special Report: Prevent VHF/AIS Malfunction


Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) ships—including tankers, passenger vessels and cargo ships over 300 gross tonnage—must be equipped with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS). In the U.S., carriage requirements also includes vessels over 65-feet. AIS can allow you to “see” a distant ship, but is not a substitute for radar.

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  • Marine Electronics

    Testing VHF Coaxial

    The loss in RF coaxial cable increases substantially and quickly, when there is water intrusion. Coax that uses foam dielectric, like RG8X and LMR type coax, is particularly prone to this problem because the water can quickly propagate along the foam dielectric used in these type...

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  • Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

    Overheating Ropes

    We have a love-hate relationship with nylon rope. When it comes to absorbing shock, it offers the best available combination of strength, elasticity, and economy. On the downside, it is sensitive to UV, abrasion when wet, has a low working load limit, and is weakened over time by...

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  • Boat Maintenance

    Sailor’s Reading List for 2019

    Few pleasures can compare to the warm comfort of curling up with a good book while another winter front blows through. Whether you’re holing up in the Bahamas waiting for the wind to clock, or tucked beside the woodburning cabin stove in Puget Sound, here are some recent...

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