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  • Commented on Simrad ForwardScan, a challenge to EchoPilot FLS?
    Hi, Jerry. I'm going to guess that what your friends had trouble with was Interphase's horizontal beam mode, which definitely wasn't obvious: http://www.panbo.com/assets_c/2009/10/Interphase_Ultrascan-1196.html I doubt that many people will have trouble understanding the profile screen derived from a vertical FLS...
  • Commented on Vesper XB-8000 test, much more than a Class B AIS transponder
    Yup, AIS transponder and AIS transceiver are both acceptable terms, have been for quite a while. We know they're not transponders by the technical definition but then again transceiver is too broad for a fully automated system. I think that's...
  • Commented on Simrad ForwardScan, a challenge to EchoPilot FLS?
    Thanks, Adrian. That's why I like to install FLS transducers well forward. EchoPilot cautions against this because of the chance that the transducer will come out of the water or get messed up by a bubbly bow wave, but I'm...
  • Commented on Simrad ForwardScan, a challenge to EchoPilot FLS?
    WASSP looks great, Dox, Olex too, but I think you missed the fact that Simrad ForwardScan will cost just $699 if a boater already has a fairly recent Simrad system. The EchoPilot FLS Platinum Video Engine is $1.399 plus transducer....
  • Posted Simrad ForwardScan, a challenge to EchoPilot FLS? to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Simrad_ForwardScan_concept_aPanbo.jpgWhile Simrad announced ForwardScan at the Miami Boat Show, details are scarce and the concept diagram doesn't really show what a ForwardScan screen is going to look like. Yes, like other Foward Looking Sonar (FLS) systems, the goal is to display the water column and ocean floor in front of the vessel to "help boaters eliminate the worry of potential groundings in unfamiliar waters" and, yes, FowardScan is the first FLS to be fully integrated into a multifunction display system. Well, I've hounded Simrad for more information -- all of which sounds good -- and it also looks like I will get to test ForwardScan against what seems like the most similar existing product...

  • Commented on inReach SE, will the screen do it?
    DeLorme has new model inReach Explorer that's quite like the SE but with added sensors for navigation and the ability to download routes from the owner's inReach web site: http://www.inreachdelorme.com/product-info/inreach-explorer.php Also, OCENS just announced a new SpotCast weather service that...
  • Commented on Shaft Razor long test, with a look at the competition
    Hi Steve, Evolution Marine does recommend "spotting" the shaft with a drill for the Shaft Razor set screws, and they claim that their solid design fails less often than split discs. The Shaft Shark does have two blades but the...
  • Commented on Vexilar SonarPhone T-Pod, WiFi fishfinder in a bobber!
    Paulius, the similar Deeper wireless fishfinder has a stud that can be used to mount it on a remote control boat. Pictures down the page here: https://buydeeper.com/deeper...
  • Commented on Vexilar SonarPhone T-Pod, WiFi fishfinder in a bobber!
    ​Tom Zenanko of Vexilar says I'll be really amazed by the SonarPhone T-Box SP200 fixed model (though my neglected old outboard power catamaran "Li'l Gizmo" needs a lot of work first ;-( Tom also reports that the SonarPhone is getting...
  • Posted Vexilar SonarPhone T-Pod, WiFi fishfinder in a bobber! to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Vexilar_SonarPhone_T-Pod_closeup_cPanbo.jpgIt's 2014 and a sealed plastic 5-inch bobber can indeed contain a fairly able 400 Watt 125 kHz fishfinder and a WiFi radio, plus enough rechargeable battery to run both for a few hours. The SonarPhone T-Pod will strike many as a toy, but it actually works quite well considering its small size and price tag ($130). And the manufacturer Vexilar puts the same technology into models meant to install on small boats, which means that dedicated iPad (or Android tablet) boaters do indeed have a fishfinder option...

  • Commented on Garmin GNX 20/21 instrument displays, monochrome mashups
    Sparky, the reason almost every electrical device lists a maximum current draw is so that the power wire and circuit protection can be sized correctly. In the case of an NMEA 2000 device like this, the max current (LEN) rating...
  • Commented on Garmin GNX 20/21 instrument displays, monochrome mashups
    You got me, Hartley! I stand corrected, and must have been thinking of the terminators, which can only plug into blue STng. At any rate, I realize I have all the bits and pieces here to test the working power...
  • Commented on FLIR M-Series nav cam test, Raymarine integration appreciated!
    Al, first thing you want to check out is if your E140Wide had been updated to integrate with Flir M Series. I'm not sure but I think not. I believe your MFD can display Flir video output fine but that...
  • Commented on Garmin GNX 20/21 instrument displays, monochrome mashups
    Hartley, I think you'll find that a blue STng power cord will not plug into a white STng device port, only into a blue STng backbone cable connector. It's one of the ways Raymarine made STng especially hard to mess...
  • Commented on Garmin GNX 20/21 instrument displays, monochrome mashups
    Right, Hartley, but does an i70 use just .35W all day long? I don't think so. That's why maximum power ratings have limited value (though "typical" power draw ratings are mushy by definition). In my experience all the NMEA 2000...
  • Commented on R & R system
    Paul, what's an "R & R"?...
  • Commented on Active radar reflector
    Hi Paul, I wrote about the EchoMax RTE when it came out but have tried one and don't recall even seeing one installed: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2009/08/echomax_rte_looks_great_but_what_about_usa.html...
  • Commented on Shaft Razor long test, with a look at the competition
    The times are changing. I took a stroll around a Rockland boatyard this week and most of the lobster boats and other fishing vessels I saw did not have cages. A few even had cutters. I am very careful about...
  • Commented on Garmin GNX 20/21 instrument displays, monochrome mashups
    Thanks Sparky and Joel! I didn't notice the rear label "150mA Max" but, like Joel, I think that "Max" is the key word. The GNX 20 and 21 product pages make these claims repeatedly: "Low power consumption (25 mA) with...
  • Posted Garmin GNX 20/21 instrument displays, monochrome mashups to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Garmin GNX 20 and GNX 21 instrument displays aPanbo.jpgThe press release for the new Garmin instruments doesn't mention it -- and I didn't notice it at first myself -- but can you see what's quite unusual about these monochrome displays? The GNX 20 at left and its inverted GNX 21 sibling have LCD screens that are partly segmented and partly dot matrix. I didn't even know that was possible, but I think it makes sense in terms of maximum power efficiency without completely surrendering to the readability limitations of large segments...

  • Commented on WaveTrax iThing app, more smart boat logging to the cloud
    Paulius, WaveTrax does seem to run in the background when a voyage log is open....
  • Commented on WaveTrax iThing app, more smart boat logging to the cloud
    Thanks, Valkyrie. I hope anyone who is using a logging app feels free to discuss it here. And please include links, like: http://www.boatingsuite.com/ The big deal to me, though, is synchronization with a personal web site. When possible, I'd much...
  • Posted WaveTrax iThing app, more smart boat logging to the cloud to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    WaveTrax_log_history_cPanbo.jpgI wish that track was on the water, but testing WaveTrax auto boat logging over the road is impressive nonetheless. Running on my iPad mini, the app not only collects a track point every minute but automatically creates log entries marking my Lat/Long, COG, and SOG on the hour (and at user selectable distances). It's fairly easy to add notes, captioned photos, engine/fuel status, and weather observations as desired, and when a trip is done, I even get to touch scribble a signature. But that's hardly half of it... 

  • Commented on Navico writer's event 2014: B&G, Simrad & Lowrance product highlights
    "They said that the broadband radar is 100% impacted by pulse radar, and therefore not effective" and "they" are apparently two different reputable electronics dealer/installers. Have any Broadband Radar users had issues that support such a view? Please answer on...
  • Posted Broadband Radar interference issues? to Panbo Forum
    I was surprised to receive this query via email: "I had been heading in the direction of broadband radar and possibly considering a B and G chart plotter. Then I spoke with two very reputable firms that sell and install...
  • Commented on Multiple GPS Sources
    Hi John, I think having one 'master' GPS is secondary to using them practically and optimally. For instance, the Vesper XB-8000 must use its own GPS, by law, so no choice there. But the XB can put out enough GPS...
  • Commented on Shaft Razor long test, with a look at the competition
    Thanks, Henning, but I can't find any evidence that the SAK Equipment Gator still exists. However, I did find a PDF of a 1999 Sailing Today cutter test that may be related to what you saw in Yachting Monthly: http://www.ropestripper.com/documents/st-ropecutters.pdf...
  • Commented on Shaft Razor long test, with a look at the competition
    Thanks, Laurent! No question that the next to last photo shows a Shaft Stripper made by Ambassador Marine in the UK. It's interesting that they make both 2 and 3 blade models so you can match them to your prop...
  • Commented on Furuno MaxSea PC Radar, only in Europe?
    Thanks, Kees! Actually I would like to post more entries, but instead I've gotten in the habit of writing long ones. The change wasn't planned! I'd also love to see more guest writers on Panbo but have been poor at...
  • Posted Shaft Razor long test, with a look at the competition to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Shaft_Razor_line_cutter_installed_on_Gizmo_cPanbo.jpgThere are still patches of icey snow left from a memorable March in Maine, but I enjoyed a recent afternoon wandering around the boatyard checking out shaft cutters. Pictured above is the Shaft Razor that's been protecting Gizmo from line wraps since the spring of 2010. Like my stainless rudder it picked up a lot of barnacles last fall, but that double set of super-sharp serrated teeth were still quite effective. The Shaft Razor is also a good value that has required zero maintenance, and while I saw some interesting competition around the yard, I wouldn't trade...

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