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After a long gestation, an open standard for networking your boat's electronic devices has finally come of age

For six years now we've been sailing Simba, our Ala-juela 38, in Latin America, and one of the things we've really learned to enjoy about cruising is experiencing new places, new cultures, and new languages. It can be a little uncomfortable at first, but with our mangled Spanish and the locals' few words of English—plus a little gesturing, pointing, and laughing—before we know it, we're communicating. Usually, it's a whole lot of fun.

But for better or worse, electronic language doesn't work that way. The small joys of fumbling with Spanglish just don't exist when trying to interconnect electronics that don't speak the same language, and no gesturing or waving of arms will help. Till about 30 years ago, nobody really cared; boat electronics were all analog, meaning that signals between boxes were of varying voltages and frequencies—say, a compass sensor /

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Raymarine GPS antenna

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