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  • Commented on Seapilot Vector Compact GPS Compass & True Heading comes to the USA
    Norse, I just repeated specs but besides what you found on SXBlue let's remember that the Vector Compact has TWO independent GPS sensors integrated with "a bunch of math" Merlin, all the GPS Compasses seem to list their heading accuracy...
  • Commented on Simrad ForwardScan (B&G too): a breakthrough even in beta testing
    I saw some real ForwarScan improvements during an on-water demo in Lauderdale, but I didn't take a video. Fortunately David Schmidt caught some of the latest Simrad booth demo footage here: http://on.aol.com/video/simrad-forwardscan-at-the-2014-fort-lauderdale-boat-show-518526319 What's different from the software I tested is...
  • Commented on Seapilot Vector Compact GPS Compass & True Heading comes to the USA
    Howard, I think you have a pretty sophisticated chart plotter. Furuno by chance? But specifying GPS sensor location is mandatory when you program an AIS transponder. Which is why that last screenshot works as well as it does. The mistakes...
  • Commented on Seapilot Vector Compact GPS Compass & True Heading comes to the USA
    No problem, Adam; it is confusing. Jeff got into what makes a GPS Compass unique in a comment above yours that also just went up and here's a good explanation of the "bunch of math" that takes place: http://www.cactusnav.com/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=17&newsdesk_id=16 At...
  • Commented on Seapilot Vector Compact GPS Compass & True Heading comes to the USA
    An important thing that Anders Bergstrom brought up in his Lauderdale AIS seminar is the USCG ruling that would mandate AIS on many non-SOLAS commercial vessels along our coasts. This was first talked about in 2008 and I kind of...
  • Commented on Seapilot Vector Compact GPS Compass & True Heading comes to the USA
    Geez, Sparky, the Navico GPS/heading sensors seem like a great value for certain uses, but Navico doesn't even recommend them for use with MARPA or autopilot: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2013/02/navico_new_gpsheading_sensor_vhfgps_handheld.html...
  • Commented on NMEA Open Source Project
    Panbo entry about Signal K here: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2014/11/signal_k_a_true_game_changer_.html...
  • Posted Seapilot Vector Compact GPS Compass & True Heading comes to the USA to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    When I mentioned strong contenders for the 2014 DAME electronics award, one I definitely had in mind was the SeaPilot Vector Compact GPS Compass. Yes, in many ways it's just another GPS compass but it's substantially smaller, substantially less expensive, and the design seems suited to high performance on many types of boats. Before getting into the details, though, let's deal with possible brand confusion. While True Heading, parent of the recreational SeaPilot brand, has been selling Vector GPS Compasses in Europe for some time, the core technology comes from Hemisphere and similar compasses were sold by ComNav, Si-Tex and others. The Vector Compact is not only a new model but is also much more exclusive to True Heading, which has recently expanded to North America.

  • Commented on All-in-one WiFi & cell data: Glomex WebBoat 4G & The WiriePro
    I just added a PS about related Yacht Router gear also introduced at METS and here's the note from Locomarine CEO Berislav Ortynski that came with the photo: "In recent days at METS in Amsterdam our company introduced new 4G...
  • Commented on ComNav Class A AIS transponder, with NMEA 2000!
    Hi Henning, I meant to note that something must be wrong with your 4G radar if you're only seeing big steel ships at 2-4nm. Range has never been Broadband Radar's strong suit but I've never seen or heard of performance...
  • Commented on Maretron FFM100 fuel flow monitor test (part 1), as good as it gets?
    Hi Marco, I have now tested the accuracy of the Maretron fuel flow sensors and it's impressive. The real time miles per gallon numbers are useful and the running count of fuel used over time is dead accurate: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2014/09/appreciating_fuel_management_wanting_more.html I...
  • Commented on Did Briartek "invent" two-way distress beacons?
    Excellent news! Yesterday U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema found all of Briartek's patent claims "...invalid as a matter of law over the prior art, either as anticipated or as obvious..." The entire opinion can be viewed or downloaded here:...
  • Commented on All-in-one WiFi & cell data: Glomex WebBoat 4G & The WiriePro
    Thanks, Mark, that makes sense to me. I get that failover may sound better in concept than it actually works in the real worl d of connections from the edge. I was on a boat the other day with a...
  • Commented on All-in-one WiFi & cell data: Glomex WebBoat 4G & The WiriePro
    Good point, Chuck. I didn't find any U.S. distribution either, but I did see in the manual that at least some U.S. GSM cell providers are included the WebBoat's list of APN's. IMTRA carries some Glomex products but may be...
  • Commented on All-in-one WiFi & cell data: Glomex WebBoat 4G & The WiriePro
    Interesting. Another new product at METS, the Traveltronic All.In.One, is something like the WebBoat -- add power to dome, get two types of Internet via WiFi -- except it uses GSM cellular and V-SAT for almost anywhere coverage: http://traveltronic.net/index.php?id=3397...
  • Posted All-in-one WiFi & cell data: Glomex WebBoat 4G & The WiriePro to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    There are two reasons I was a little surprised to read that the Glomex WebBoat 4G won a DAME award this morning at METS. It seems like a minor update to the WebBoat 3G that Kees Verruijt covered here last year and I thought that the DAME 2014 electronics and software nominees included several strong contenders. On the other hand, I know how hard it is to be a judge and I thoroughly agree with their statement that WebBoat's all-in-one approach to marine WiFi and cell communications addresses "an area of rapidly growing interest in the marine industry." I can't count how many cruisers I met recently who were struggling with Internet connectivity, even along the U.S. coast. And I'm happy to report that another all-in-one solution, The WiriePro, will soon be available...

  • Commented on WaveTrax iThing app, more smart boat logging to the cloud
    Paul, it's great when a developer keeps track of relevant entries here and answer questions. Who better?...
  • Commented on Raymarine LightHouse II, the chart goodness
    More Raymarine chart choices! Early next year owners of Ray Lighthouse II displays will be able to use C-MAP 4D cartography cards (C-Map's highest level). This is particularly good news for Bahamas cruisers who prefer the Explorer data that C-Map...
  • Commented on ComNav Class A AIS transponder, with NMEA 2000!
    My pleasure, Howard! It's been great how you documented your AIS goals and solutions here and elsewhere, and now we know that Class A NMEA 2000 is harder to get than expected (though N2K definitely has the bandwidth to handle...
  • Commented on ComNav Class A AIS transponder, with NMEA 2000!
    Thanks, Ted, but it's unfair to blame recreational boaters for considering AIS a collision avoidance tool when the U.S. Coast Guard states that "AIS is primarily and foremost a navigation tool for collision avoidance" -- http://goo.gl/dshDNJ I could cite many...
  • Commented on Ancor goes NMEA 2000 & the BEP Pro Installer line
    I don't know, Jim. The cables and connectors sure looked ready to go at IBEX 2013 but no sign of them in the Global Marine catalog you can find at the Ancor site: http://www.ancorproducts.com/en I did notice, though, that Ancor...
  • Commented on Mega AV: UMSI installs KVH IP MultiCast, Crestron & much more
    I think you're missing some things here, Anon. Crestron may be the biggest manufacturer of high end AV gear there is, with sales and service around the globe. KVH is also a solid and global company with a big installer...
  • Posted Mega AV: UMSI installs KVH IP MultiCast, Crestron & much more to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Whoever buys Island Heiress will get an amazing audio video system. The 1996 Cheoy Lee has gone through a massive refit -- notice how much the satellite domes have changed from the original configuration -- including a $250,000 custom entertainment system put together by Unlimited Marine Services Inc. (UMSI). You can be at any one of eight large Samsung LED HD TV screens using an iPad to choose from DirectTV, Apple TV, boat cameras, navigation screens, and the world's first install of a KVH IP MobileCast superyacht package. In Fort Lauderdale I got to see some of the phenomenal complexity behind the AV goodness and even picked up some equipment tips possibly relevant to more modest boats...

  • Commented on Signal K, a true game changer?
    Panbo was not the only website down this morning: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102177717#. Which wouldn't be relevant except that it's a timely reminder about the Internet's fragility....
  • Commented on Signal K, a true game changer?
    Coincidentally I've just been testing products from Chetco, Alba, and Maretron that all offer some of the connectedness that Bill writes about regarding Signal K. None are without issues -- Maretron's the least -- but progress is being made. Check...
  • Commented on lowrance and wifi
    There's a good thread about this over on The Hull Truth: http://www.thehulltruth.com/marine-electronics-forum/500211-simrad-gofree-using-generic-wireless-router.html#b Note that it gets more complicated if you have a radar and/or fishfinder on the network....
  • Commented on Raymarine CAM200IP marine camera, and hello IC Realtime Marine
    Definitely, Bill, as discussed and illustrated in the entry. But saving videos and stills is only possible with IP cameras....
  • Commented on Signal K, a true game changer?
    I know Bill lives in south Florida and now I wonder if he got bitten by a weird spider! Seriously, I'm skeptical about open source projects in the tiny but complex and fragmented world of marine electronics. It's been talked...
  • Commented on Gizmo glass bridge MFD testing 2014, specs & prices
    Nice! Furuno slashed the retail price of the TZT14 by two thousand dollars, to a very competitive $5,695. Other TZT and NavNet MFD model prices also substantially cut: http://www.furunousa.com/Products/ProductList.aspx?category=Products+%3a+NavNet+TZtouch+%3a+NavNet+TZtouch+Multi+Touch+MFD...
  • Commented on Maritime Robotx Challenge & the WAM-V USV, heads up!
    Hey, the MIT/Olin team from New England USA won! There's lots of good video coverage; I suggest starting with the one called "Meet the Course"... http://www.robotx.org/index.php/video-gallery...
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