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Stingray Echo Sounder
The NASA Stingray Echo Sounders come in a slimline case with an easy to read extra bright LED display on a 4 inch dial. They both have a dual audible alarms for shallow and deep water which can be set to give two ranges either 1-25 metres or 1-100 metres, and are simplicity itself to operate. They come complete with transducer and stirrup mounting bracket and only require connection to the ships 12v power supply.
Sadly, as some component parts have been increasingly difficult to source this product is no longer in production. Anyone who has one can fit any of our digital depth sounders to the same Stingray depth transducer.
H Vector Navtex Antenna
Conventional navtex antennas respond to the electrical component associated with the navtex radio signal. They usually perform well at sea where electrical interference is low but can sometimes be overwhelmed with interference especially when in harbour and connected to shore power.
In most small craft the electrical system acts as an effective ground for the antenna but it can also be a source of interference conducted from other electrical equipment on board. Electrical interference can result in poor reception especially in a marina where the ambient level is high or at sea when poorly suppressed electrical equipment is in use.
The omnidirectional H-Vector antenna is not sensitive to electric fields but to the magnetic component of the navtex signal. As a result it is less sensitive to locally generated interference and, as it does not need a ground, it is not affected by conducted ground interference whether in harbour or at sea.
The net result is that, under adverse conditions, the H-Vector antenna can deliver a significant improvement to navtex reception. The mushroom shaped antenna is compatible with the Clipper navtex, series 2 Target navtex and with the navtex engine. It can be mounted on a cabin roof or rail mounted using an appropriate threaded antenna base.
I am delighted with our new antenna. Our Navtex , normally somnolent in the marina, has burst into life!
Someone asked me recently – why bother with Navtex? My answer was simple. Last year a gale blew up suddenly on the Turkish Aegean coast. The Navtex transmitter at Izmir issued an urgent gale warning out of ‘normal hours’ and it was the only service to do so! For example there was nothing about this gale on PredictWind on our WiFi.
Now had a full month on the boat in Turkey cruising around and am even more delighted than ever with the new antenna!
John E – cruising in Turkey
A large display, mast mounted, multifunction repeater is now being produced at our factory. The weatherproof repeater with its 60mm high numerals, is supplied complete with cables, data-box with six NMEA-0183 inputs ( With up to six sentences per input.), wireless remote control, stainless steel mounting brackets and weather cover. There are nine levels of red back lighting which permit easy night viewing of red characters on a black background. The overall case size is 211mm wide x 140mm high.
Currently programmed in are the screens shown below though we do welcome customer feedback as we will add to this list by popular demand.
AIS Engine 3 upgrade processor
The AIS Engine 1 and 2 can be upgraded to AIS Engine 3 specification by replacing the processor. This is a straightforward procedure where the old device is simply unplugged from its socket and replaced by the new device. AIS Engine 3 relays all AIS messages.
EX-1 exhaust temperature monitor/alarm
The EX-1 continually displays the exhaust gas temperature in wet exhaust systems giving advanced warning of potential problems.
The EX-1 measures the exhaust gas temperature directly and displays it in degrees centigrade or Fahrenheit. Once the normal working temperature has been established a maximum temperature, a few degrees higher, can be programmed into the EX-1 which will then sound an alarm if that temperature is exceeded.Even a small rise in temperature can indicate a potential problem such as a minor blockage, leak or failing pump which can be corrected before a complete failure occurs.
I just wanted to share with you another great reason for having the EX-1 fitted. Over the last few weeks of using our boat I observed that the running temperature had gone up around 5 degrees or so. Now with using the boat in the winter one would expect the reverse, so it caused me to think more about it. Added to that, when I did use the engine at full revs on load (something I do regularly just as a check) the exhaust alarm went off (it doesn’t normally.) I then observed the seawater tell-tail was more pronounced (the tell-tail feed is off the line between the Jabsco pump and the inlet to the cooler. Hmmm: possible blockage? I removed the impellor and true enough, one of the vanes had come off. On stripping the cooling system (I was already working on the leaking silencer) I found one part of the impellor up against the tube stack, but more importantly, when I removed the hose feeding the tube stack, via a small elbow, I found a larger part of the impellor jammed inside, reducing the flow by as much as 50% and causing s sediment build up behind it, reducing it further. All cleaned out now, but the reason for telling you is that the EX-1 gave me warning before any real damage could have been caused. It is a brilliant piece of kit.