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  • Commented on Bennett NMEA 2000 Trim Tab indicator, cheaper & better!
    Anyone know the story on Bennet N2K trim tab indicator? A reader just quoted Simrad support as saying, "“We’ve never had any luck getting Bennet’s product to work on any of our displays.” Yet a Forum conversation about how the...
  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    Fog, yes, but sorry, Garrett, haven't had the NXT out in serious rain yet. Hopefully, I can do that fairly soon, and also see the new Garmin Fantom 24 in rain. Winter lingers in Maine (while I'm in St. Lucia...
  • Commented on SkyMate Mazu/mSeries all-in-one Iridium sat comms & Si-Tex NavStar Android MFD
    Thanks, Richard, but a thorough comparison chart will be hard to put together with one system fixed to the boat and the other portable. I can't think of a system directly comparable to Mazu, especially with the Sentry option. In...
  • Commented on AIS Splitter
    You received good advice. A NMEA 2000 drop is not necessarily a single cable and single device. Multiports designed to be dropped off the backbone with several devices dropped off them are fairly common, for instance. The key is understanding...
  • Posted SkyMate Mazu/mSeries all-in-one Iridium sat comms & Si-Tex NavStar Android MFD to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    SkyMate_Mazu_and_mSeries_intro_MIBS2017_cPanbo.jpgIt was good to see SkyMate return to the Miami Boat Show after years focused on commercial fishing, and the company clearly has not lost its touch at squeezing lots of easy utility out of skinny-band satellite communications. Its new Mazu/mSeries marine system promises surprisingly full-featured weather and email using Iridium's least expensive service, plus texting, SOS, navigation and (optional) off-boat monitoring. And, just around the corner in the Si-Tex booth, I saw a very interesting Android-based touchscreen NavStar MFD nicely interfacing with SkyMate's existing communications system...

  • Commented on Yacht Devices NMEA 2000 temp & barometer sensors, some good ideas but...
    "...it gets excited near a cup of hot coffee, and even reacts to a glass that recently contained a cold drink. In addition to humidity and air temperature measurement, it calculates dew point temperature, so fog will never surprise you."...
  • Commented on Remote Boat Monitoring: here comes Navico GoFree Vessel/Track and Siren Marine MTC
    Mystery, there are household security systems, even baby cams, that can be useful if your boat has a reliable WiFi connection. In fact, I have a FLIR FX camera installed on Gizmo right now and it let me know when...
  • Commented on Lowrance Elite 5/7 cheap CHIRP, the sonar wars rage on
    Wow, Lowrance is not messing around with this video comparison of its DownScan imaging versus the ClearVu Garmin offers now that it has had to modify its transducers due to the ongoing patent issue: https://youtu.be/klwhx0SndJQ...
  • Commented on New Autopilot - WS-220WX???
    The relatively new Precision 9 is what Simrad is selling with its latest autopilots, and it looks like an excellent Heading device: http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-us/Products/Compasses/Simrad-Precision-9-Compass-en-us.aspx...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Who knew that many marine VHF channel numbers are changing? Yup, all the Alpha channels like 21A, 22A and 23A are becoming 1,000 bigger, as in 1021, 2022, and 1023. Actual frequencies are not changing, just the channel names. Chuck...
  • Commented on B&G mix and match
    Shouldn't be a problem, Dan, all the same operating system. But remember, only Vulcan 9 has Ethernet....
  • Commented on Suggestions for basic electronics with fewest holes?
    The i70s uses NMEA 2000 (also known as SeaTalkNG) while the NASA Clipper uses NMEA 0183. Big difference. http://www.nasamarine.com/product/wireless-wind-masthead-unit-data-box/ Here's another wireless wind possibility just coming out, very clean install but no depth solution: https://vaavud.com/ultrasonic Also Garmin has a gWind...
  • Commented on MIBS 2017: Furuno standalone 1815 radar, DFF-3D multimodal sonar & more
    Detail on Furuno X-Class radar ARPA and MARPA with Fast Target Tracking: They can automatically acquire up to 30 targets with a guard zone that can be variably set from 0.1 to 24 miles, or some of 30 maximum can...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    I'm not sure that anyone suggested that Class B AIS is required to use a dedicated antenna, just that it's preferred. I also suspect that the regs Hartley found apply to certain vessels but not all that carry Class A....
  • Commented on Navico Hawks 2017: "Full boat integration into one display cluster"
    Chart integration: Navionics just acquired Wavey Line, the small company that's been creating and maintaining charts from the northern Bahamas to the DR for many years: http://www.navionics.com/en/news/navionics-announces-acquisition-wavey-line I don't know how this may affect the other cartography companies that license...
  • Posted MIBS 2017: Furuno standalone 1815 radar, DFF-3D multimodal sonar & more to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    MIBS17_Furuno_1815_standalone_radar_cPanbo.jpgWhile Furuno USA had a lot to show off at the Miami Boat Show, let's start with the new 815 standalone radar. Recent Panbo entries about Raymarine's sleek new Axiom Series multifunction displays and Navico's ambitious systems integration strategy drew some keep-it-simple skeptics. But it is still possible to find single function marine electronics if that's your preference, and the 1815 may be an excellent small radar choice packing a whole lot of performance for the price...

  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Thanks, Jim. I suspect that you and your review encouraged Inno to make the AIS antennas part of their regular line. Also may have encouraged the MT volunteer listener just north of me, which is where I first saw it...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Thanks, Jim. You can see details of my Marine Traffic station here: https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/stations/3530/ 90 degree coverage would work OK for me but I was hoping for more like 135. Interestingly, even a very old VHF antenna and high loss coax...
  • Commented on Is online boat donation a good idea?
    If you don't have a local charity that you trust and that accepts boat donations, consider the BoatUS Foundation: https://www.boatus.org/donate/boat-donation/ The Foundation does good work in my opinion, and I trust that their ethics are impeccable....
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Yes, thanks a lot for the further explanations, Jim. Also one thing I've been busy with recently is testing a Digital Yacht AISnet V2 receiver for use as a volunteer tracking station and also to test some new Em-Trak AIS...
  • Commented on WiFi MFD's, Navico GoFree promises more than met
    In my experience, Navionics Boating will see boat Depth (and make/show SonarChart Live) with a direct WiFi connection to WiFi-1 (and no radar problem). But it's an unusual app in that regard. Most, like the ones Patrick mentioned I'm pretty...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Anon, you really ought to peek at the regulations and testing mandated for VHF marine radios and AIS transponders. Much of it is pretty easy to find. And consider this: VHF and AIS are both competitive categories. If what you...
  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    Hey, John, great to see you in Miami and here's an e-scooter line with a lot going for it, I think: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/eon-scooter-the-most-affordable-electric-scooter/x/10546519#/ Yes, it's an Indiegogo project but they've already received their funding (over a million $) and Batch 1...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Hartley, thanks for what looks like good research and analysis. I suspect that the Class B regs may assume a dedicated antenna, or least ignore the splitter possibility. I once saw the insides of a combined True Heading Class B/splitter...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Thanks, Kees, also for IDing your splitter, which I was just checking out. It's interesting that the Navico NSPL-400 splitter... http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-US/Products/AIS-Weather-and-Audio/NSPL-400-AIS-Splitter-en-us.aspx ...claims "No insertion loss on AIS and VHF Rx" and "Low insertion loss on AIS and VHF Tx." Meanwhile,...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Thanks, Kees, but I did say "normal sailboats" ;-) I've heard that at least a couple of people really objected to the OSR endorsement of splitters, but I don't doubt the value when done well. But then again, aren't racers...
  • Commented on BAM! Raymarine Axiom MFDs, LightHouse 3, RealVision 3D sonar & FLIR M100/200 ClearCruise
    It's sort of funny, anon, but sometimes when I've enthused about NMEA 2000, a whole other band of skeptics have hollered about how Ethernet should have been used instead! Examples here: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2012/08/onenet_nmea_finally_creates_a_marine_ethernet_standard.html And what Jan wrote in the first place...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Anon, sorry I didn't see your comment yesterday afternoon (but note that simple registration means automatic comment approval and you can still stay anonymous). At any rate, I certainly wasn't suggesting that anyone use an AIS antenna with a splitter....
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Thanks, Jim, but I a little confused. When you say "mask" do you mean that the VSWR problem goes away or just doesn't show? Also while I think that a lot of boaters, and certainly techs, have gotten more aware...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Thanks, Eric. I certainly won't argue with your appraisal, but couldn't some sailboats mount AIS antennas at spreader levels. Or couldn't you come up with some masthead superstructure that was decent for dual sticks. Titanium of course ;-) Class B...
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