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Simrad Announces BoatConnect

Announcing the latest in remote, real-time vessel monitoring – Simrad BoatConnect provides boat owners with the ultimate peace of mind at an unparalleled value, keeping users informed of their boat’s location, battery level, trip history and more.Delivering important updates on a boat’s status to a compatible smartphone, BoatConnect is comprised of an easy-to-install hub and an easy-to-use app. Once installed, the solution provides at-a-glance information to enhance the boating experience.Perfect for trip planning…

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Navico Launches Nautical Navigation App

marine electronics manufacturer Navico has launched C-MAP Embark, a nautical navigation app designed to refresh the planning, cruising and fishing experience with a clear aim in mind — to make it simpler.C-MAP Embark is powered by map data from official hydrographic offices. This data is continuously updated and augmented from thousands of data sources to help complete gaps in coastal and inland water bodies, providing C-MAP Embark users with exceptional clarity where it matters most.

VesselVanguard Adds Functionality to App

VesselVanguard, a leading maintenance management solution for boat owners and manufacturers, announced the launch of its next-generation user interface including off-line functionality. Redesigned for enhanced functionality, the all new VesselVanguard website offers streamlined access to private boat profiles that track and organize maintenance tasks for every piece of equipment onboard a vessel, sends task alerts for necessary service, is able to assign maintenance tasks via email directly to contractors and certified technicians, organizes warranty data and includes digitized user manuals.

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VesselVanguard Unveils New User Interface and APP

VesselVanguard, a maintenance management solution for boat owners and manufacturers, has announced the launch of its nextgeneration user interface including off-line functionality. Significantly redesigned for enhanced functionality, the all new VesselVanguard website offers streamlined access to private boat profiles that track and organize maintenance tasks for every piece of equipment onboard a vessel, sends task alerts for necessary service, is able to assign maintenance tasks via email directly to contractors and certified technicians…

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Young American Sailors Call for Action on Marine Pollution

Leading offshore sailors Charlie Enright and Mark Towill are sounding the alarm about the danger posed by marine debris and pollution, after recent research from the Ocean Conservancy estimated a staggering eight million tons of plastic trash is entering the ocean every year. The duo spent much of last year in the most remote waters of the globe during the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race - and observed an eye-opening amount of debris littering the ocean all over the planet. Enright, 32…

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Vesper Marine Updates WatchMate Vision

Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products, announced a free upgrade for its flagship AIS Class B transponder, the WatchMate Vision, streamlining usability, while adding new safety features and enhancements to the user experience. Preinstalled on all new units, the update is also available at no charge for existing owners. “When we first launched the WatchMate Vision, we raised the bar for boater safety,” said Jeff Robbins, CEO, Vesper Marine. “Today it is the premier AIS safety instrument on the planet.

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Vesper Updates XB-8000 AIS Transponder

Vesper Marine announced today that its XB-8000 Class B AIS has a software update available for all new and existing owners, incorporating new features and capabilities to enhance marine safety. The XB-8000 is an upgradeable AIS platform, designed to be compatible with a continuous stream of feature updates, adding a host of new and unique capabilities. The most recent update makes it the first AIS transponder to allow users to connect an external buzzer to enable an audible alarm for AIS Man Overboard (MOB)…

USCG to Release Boating Safety App

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it will release its first boating safety App Saturday as the kickoff to this year's National Safe Boating Week. The Boating Safety Mobile app was not designed to replace a boater's marine VHF radio, which the USCG strongly recommends all boaters have aboard their vessels. The app was mainly designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users. Features of the app include state boating information; a safety equipment checklist; free boating safety check requests; navigation rules; float plans; and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity.

Imtech Marine Launches Service App

Imtech Marine recently launched a service app, under its service and nav/com brand Radio Holland. The aim of the new app is to facilitate owners and operators around the world to quickly find the nearest Imtech Marine/RH service location for service and maintenance, via their smart phone. The app guides the user to the nearest service location and the user can directly send a service request via the app to the Imtech Marine location. This way quick and easy contact is established, and quick and efficient service can be offered around the globe.

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Free Navionics App Comes with Free US Charts

Providers of content and location-based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, Navionics, announces the latest version of its award-winning free app, Navionics Boating. The app offers free charts of the US and an expanded feature set that greatly enhances the boating experience. Navionics Boating allows users to record their tracks, create routes, mark waypoints, check weather forecasts, sync their chart and sonar data with Navionics servers on the internet, share details of their time on the water and more—all at no additional cost.

New, Free Interlux Paint Guide App

Need To find the right paint for your boat? Now there is an app for that. The Interlux Boat Paint Guide has gone digital with the launch of a free Interlux Paint Guide app for Apple IOS and Android smartphones and tablets, designed to make it easy to access Interlux product information and select the correct Interlux paint system. A Quick Reference Guide for detailed Interlux products information. Interlux products health & safety information. A store locator to find your nearest Interlux dealer by address, or your location. A paint calculator to estimate how much Interlux paint you will need for your boat.

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Marine Manufacturers find ... "There’s an APP for that"

Marine product providers turn to high tech tools to enhance service, information and – yes – their bottom lines. There’s an APP for that. You’ve heard it before and in many contexts. Increasingly, the global waterfront is getting into the act, too. Typically available for iPhones and/or any kind of smart phones, these Apps are perfect for the busy executive. Putting information at your fingertips, when you want it and no matter where you might be; is at the heart of it all. Like New Wave Media…

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BLUE: Ocean Film and Entertainment

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the pressing needs of our ocean explain the spawning of innovation at BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit (BLUE). This annual multi-disciplinary summit is a convergence of bright minds with big hearts focused on expediting ocean conservation - now when it’s needed most. BLUE sets in motion a mix of ocean all-stars mobilized by a supportive environment of breathtaking (and sometimes gut-wrenching) films, creative ideas and new technology.

Standard Horizon Upgrades Navigation System

Standard Horizon released a free software upgrade for its CPN Series touch-screen multimedia navigation systems, the 10.1-inch CPN 1010i and seven-inch CPN700i. The update is available through Standard Horizon’s website at standardhorizon.com. By taking advantage of Standard Horizon’s v2.2.2.210 software, users of these advanced C-MAP 4D based chartplotters will unlock enhanced navigation performance, exclusive pairing with Jeppesen’s Plan2Nav mobile app and an improved online and entertainment experience anytime a WiFi hotspot is near.

NOAA Mobile App Provides Free Nautical Charts

As recreational boaters gear up for a summer of fun on coastal waters and the Great Lakes, NOAA is testing MyNOAACharts, a new mobile application that allows users to download NOAA nautical charts and editions of the U.S. Coast Pilot. The app, which is only designed for Android tablets for the testing period, will be released today. MyNOAACharts, which can be used on land and on the water, has GPS built-in capabilities that allow users find their positions on a NOAA nautical chart. They can zoom in any specific location with a touch of the finger, or zoom out for the big picture to plan their day of sailing.

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Raymarine’s New a-Series Multifunction Displays

New a65/a67 WiFi versions support RayControl and RayRemote apps. Following the launch of the new a-Series multifunction displays (MFDs), Raymarine has taken steps to expand a-Series functionality further with the addition of two new versions of the a65 and a67 complete with built-in Wi-Fi. The compact a‐Series multifunction displays are already extremely versatile, offering boaters simple and quick access via Raymarine’s intuitive LightHouse user interface to navigation applications like GPS, sonar, radar and data.

Boat Navigation Android Free App by Jeppesen Released

Jeppesen expands reach of popular Plan2Nav Mobile App with new release for Android hand-held devices. Plan2Nav , the only mobile app designed exclusively for C-MAP by Jeppesen charts, is now available for Android mobile devices. Introduced last year for iPad and iPhone devices, Plan2Nav is a free app that puts the power of trip planning and navigation with C-MAP cartography at boaters’ fingertips. Plan2Nav is an ideal tool for voyage-planning tasks like mapping out a route, setting waypoints and measuring course and distance for each leg of the journey.

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Northport Systems' Fugawi Marine 5 Navigation Software Shipping

Newly Designed Navigation Software Offers Streamlined Way to Manage Boat Navigation Systems. Software manufacturer Northport Systems Inc. has announced  the availability of its next-generation, streamlined marine navigation software, Fugawi Marine 5. Completely redesigned from the ground up to make it easier for sailors, power boaters and anglers to manage their boat’s navigation systems to better suit their needs and have more fun on the water, Fugawi Marine 5 revolutionizes navigation, waypoint management and chart downloading.