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Marine Electronics
Full-Day Seminar
Friday, May 8, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

** Registration is now open to anyone.  Simply select the Marine Electronics Seminar on the Rendezvous registration page.  You do not have to register for the Rendezvous itself to attend the Marine Electronics post-session. 

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You're Looping in the digital age!  There is more information at your finger tips than Loopers could have dreamed of 20-years ago.  But how do you know what electronics you need for the Great Loop, and how do you ensure the different components work together?  Is an upgrade to your boat's electronics mandatory, or can you make due with what you have?  What are the marine electronics "must haves" vs. the "luxuries"?  How do you stay "connected" while Looping?

The multitude of marine electronics options means Loopers have more questions than ever before regarding the best way to use them.  We're pleased to offer this full-day Marine Electronics seminar to help you determine what technology you need for your Great Loop.  Expert Ben Stein is your presenter for this comprehensive marine electronics seminar. 

Ben Stein has been a top-rated presenter at AGLCA Rendezvous and Looper Lifestyle seminars.  He
is the editor and publisher of, the marine electronics hub, as well as the electronics editor for Power & Motoryacht and Passagemaker magazines. Ben and his family completed the Great Loop in 2016 and 2017 and are currently living aboard their boat/floating electronics laboratory. Ben holds a 100 ton USCG masters license and is co-chair for the Innovation Award judging panel for the Miami Boat Show.

Session Descriptions:

Introduction and Overview of the Day

Outfitting your Looper boat with installed equipment ~ You've just bought a boat to do the Loop and now you need to know what equipment you should have onboard, if what you have is good enough and how you might go about updating your equipment. This interactive session will answer these questions and help you prioritize the work needed to get ready for the Loop.

Safety equipment for the Loop ~ Although the Loop is composed nearly entirely of coastal cruising, you shouldn't overlook your safety and the safety of your crew. This session will discuss the safety equipment available and what options make sense on the Loop to make sure you, your boat, your crew, and your pets are safe.

Mobile apps ~ Most Loopers augment their onboard equipment with apps running on phones and tablets. This session will provide an overview of some of the most popular apps available for navigating, consulting weather, tracking other Loopers and communicating with family and friends.

Internet Connectivity ~ Just because you're on a boat doesn't mean you have to be disconnected (though you can be if you want). Nearly the entirety of the Loop has cell phone coverage and with that you can have internet connectivity. This session will discuss the strategies for getting internet connectivity to your boat and distributing it throughout your boat. TV and entertainment aboard will also be discussed. 

Agenda times are as follows (tentative):

  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Introduction to Marine Electronics
  • 9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Outfitting your looper boat with installed equipment
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Safety equipment for the Loop
  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Mobile Apps
  • 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  Break
  • 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Internet Connectivity

Registration is $175 per person.

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