With Google Maps I can switch to street-level view and take a virtual walk down your block and see what flowers you planted in the front yard or even the color of your trash cans on the curb. If someone’s looking hard enough, there’s almost no such thing as privacy in the modern world. On land, that is.
The ocean depths are now considered the last great unexplored and mysterious places on Earth. Even above the water, a boat has always been a way to disappear for a while. But now, electronics companies are pushing the envelope on what we can see both above and below the waterline. You don’t need to be a NOAA scientist or the captain of a Navy sub to see it; any recreational boater can, provided he has space at the helm for the latest in compressed high-intensity radar pulse (CHIRP), side-view sonar and solid-state radar.
Companies like Garmin, Raymarine, Humminbird and others offer (or will offer) similar products, but we tested three from Simrad Yachting off the coast of Florida. And we found that, with these technologies, there’s almost nothing that can’t be found.