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  • Commented on A Camden boat grounding dissected, can crowdsourcing help?
    Thanks Hartley. Note the PS I just added showing the double danger marks on the ledge that lays among the moorings in Bucks Harbor. And that when I called the marina there this morning to confirm that the big orange...
  • Commented on Furuno NavNet TZ Touch 2, First Impressions on the Water
    Geez, Maldwin, do you want to speed up app development or slow it down? Frankly, I haven't tried any of the Furuno apps with the TZT2 yet, but it does look like the unique Viewer does work... http://www.navnet.com/tzt2/en/features/apps.html ...so you...
  • Commented on Actisense EMU-1, analog engine gauges to NMEA 2000 happiness
    Hi Moppie, This is my third year using the EMU-1 and various N2K displays as my primary gauges. I still like having the old gauges in a cabinet, just in case, but the EMU-1 has never failed. I am glad...
  • Commented on A Camden boat grounding dissected, can crowdsourcing help?
    Thanks, Compass Marine! I think that Rockland makes the list too, both for the 3-foot lump in the small mooring area off the launching ramp toward the harbor's south end, and the 6-footer in the mooring field off Knight's Marine...
  • Commented on Boat Beacon & MarineTraffic mAIS, yipee or yike?
    mAIS (or iAIS, depending where you looked) is now called OnCourse and seems to have new features. Regardless, this a neat free way to get your boat tracked on Marine Traffic for the benefit of friends and family (but of...
  • Commented on A Camden boat grounding dissected, can crowdsourcing help?
    "How about a sign on the East end of the Cape Cod Canal that says 'Danger! Fog and ledges ahead!'?" That's the latest comment from a highly experienced local on my FB page. I get it, I really get it,...
  • Posted A Camden boat grounding dissected, can crowdsourcing help? to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    aground_in_Camden_mooring_field_blurred_cPanbo.jpgThe identities of the yacht and its operators are irrelevant. But how did they go hard aground in a highly used harbor during a clear summer day? Was it just a dumb mistake or was a lack of chart detail partially to blame? Should the USCG or the town of Camden better mark the danger? Did marine electronics somehow contribute to what was at least an embarrassing incident? Can crowdsourced data help? I'm not sure about the answers but I have assembled a lot of information for discussion...

  • Commented on VHF radio recalls, not to worry?
    Thanks, Jim. Lots of things don't make sense to me. Like why was a policy for handheld DSC/GPS/VHF radio MMSI's just formulated last year when the handhelds have been available, and popular, since 2008? http://www.panbo.com/archives/2008/09/standard_horizon_hx850s_first_impressions.html At any rate, thanks also...
  • Commented on VHF radio recalls, not to worry?
    Thanks for the clarity, Hartley. (And, folks, you should see the radio shack on Hartley's sloop ;-) Does anyone here have access to the RTCM 10150.0 Standard for VHF-FM Portable Marine Radiotelephone Equipment with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and Global...
  • Commented on VHF radio recalls, not to worry?
    No "MUST" about it in the USA, Glenn. The USCG explains the somewhat odd situation thusly: "Obtaining MMSIs for DSC-equipped VHF Handhelds A handheld VHF transceiver with DSC and an integral global navigation satellite system (e.g. GPS) not intended for...
  • Commented on Proper Connection Technique for NMEA 0183 Wires
    Here are some official guidelines for NMEA 0183 cabling published by the USCG (and probably derived from NMEA install standards): http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/gmdss/taskforce/nmea_7.pdf Soldering is frowned upon, I believe, and most pros seem to use crimped ring connectors with built-in shrink sealing:...
  • Commented on Help with Recommendations for Multi-band Cellular Antenna - Low Profile
    Hi Spere. This looks like an interesting project but you may already know more than most of us. I am still receiving good Verizon 4G/3G boosting from the Digital Bullet antenna as explained here... http://www.panbo.com/archives/2015/02/simple_marine_cell_boosting_wilson_sleek_4g_weboost_drive_4g_and_digital_antenna_bullet.html ...but I have not tried...
  • Commented on Articulating display pods tested: SeaView, ScanStrut & NavPod
    No problem, Ron; all you need is hole saw big enough for the largest connector going to your MFD ;-) Seriously, if you look carefully at the NavPod and SeaView installs above you'll see that all the cables run out...
  • Commented on Actisense EMU-1, analog engine gauges to NMEA 2000 happiness
    Greg, you might consider the impressive VeeThree EGM: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2015/10/veethree_engine_gatewaymonitor_is_powerful_coming_egm_800_is_wow.html It's not exactly a retail product but I'm glad to see that it's now available from Gemeco, which means that at least a U.S. dealer/installer can purchase one: http://www.gemeco.com/veethree.php I'm a...
  • Commented on VHF radio recalls, not to worry?
    Icom is in the FCC DSC doghouse now, and has temporarily stopped selling fixed VHF radios in the USA. See documentation here: http://www.thehulltruth.com/marine-electronics-forum/779004-icom-dsc-radios-not-sale-usa.html#post9323618 It's sad to me that some of posters on that HullTruth thread immediately assume that their existing...
  • Commented on help to identify a mystery item
    I put 2 of your pictures up, Sam. Sure looks like an inhull sonar transducer....
  • Posted Articulating display pods tested: SeaView, ScanStrut & NavPod to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Gizmo_Glass_Bridge_II_August_2016_cPanbo.jpgThe latest multifunction displays (MFDs) look smashing on Gizmo's flybridge, I like to think. And it's not just that Raymarine, Simrad, Furuno, and Garmin -- that's the lineup, left to right -- have almost all further evolved the black glass style that promises to be with us for a long time. Those two articulating pods also contribute to the clean look, plus they make it easier for me to use the podded MFDs from different spots on the bridge. It's time to discuss the SeaView, ScanStrut and NavPod articulating pods I've tried in the last few years...

  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    Larry, all these manufacturers now provide dimensional drawings and templates for downloading. None, however, support direct downloading of ENC/S57 charts. Some like Raymarine and Navico let you download charts right to the MFD over WiFi, but they are S57 derivatives...
  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    Sven, I need to double check, but I don't think that the TZT2 offers any kind of radar trails, let alone true wakes. That doesn't mean that the solid-state NXT radar can not produce trails -- in fact they are...
  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    Sdpaddler, I think that all the major brands have wanted to provide ARPA for quite a while, but apparently it's not easy to do. And now that solid-state Doppler technology has been shown to make ARPA even easier and more...
  • Commented on help to identify a mystery item
    Hey, Sam, you can send the photo to [email protected] or put it online somewhere else and then put a link here. Best, Ben...
  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    Howard, the DRS6AX looks interesting, but it is not a solid-state radar at 6kW peak output power. I'm a little surprised that Furuno is using the term "Fast Target Tracking" with it because I think the NXT Doppler is what...
  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    Interesting, Don. I recall that the L in the awkward model name TZTL12F stands for Landscape, so...? I have not yet checked out echo modes, Bird Mode, and some other features, but will....
  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    PS: This 2010 entry shows a bit of what Camden Outer Harbor looks like and also shows the odd NOAA presentation of the channel buoys that has never been corrected but has trickled down to all electronic charts: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2010/07/camden_noaa_chart_changes_the_questions.html Also,...
  • Posted Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    After many hours testing a NXT radome on Gizmo in often busy Maine waters, I believe that Furuno's bold "Radar Redefined" claim is completely justified. This radar is so smart that it makes sense to run it in broad daylight. Brightly highlighting the one vessel (above) moving toward me in Camden Harbor's forest of moored and moving boats is just one example of its highly automated and intelligent features. I fear that many readers will suffer radar jealousy as I detail what I've seen so far, but let's look at the bright side and honor Furuno for setting a significantly new performance bar that other major manufacturers will hopefully try hard to attain...

  • Commented on NMEA Heading Sensor
    Hi Mike, I'm just getting acquainted with the small and new Lars Thrane company but their LT-1000 NRU might be what you're looking for: http://thrane.eu/wdpress/index.php/lt-1000-nru/ It's going to be about $850 when U.S. distribution is set up (soon) but it...
  • Commented on Problems with a Lowrance MFD
    I've never tested a Hook but I see in the manual that it's compatible with "Lake Insight® and Nautic Insight® PRO, Navionics® +, C-MAP MAX-N, Fishing Hot Spots® PRO, & Insight Genesis." The manual is not specific about chart presentation...
  • Commented on Summer fun: Camden, Panbots & Gizmo
    "Special ops" style yachts is a thing! Check out the Jarrett Bay 46 battle wagon Grander: http://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/boats/jarrett-bay-46...
  • Commented on Summer fun: Camden, Panbots & Gizmo
    Thanks, Dennis! I hope to watch some of the racing tomorrow and/or Saturday... http://www.camdenclassicscup.com/ ...and wish the boats great sailing. Incidentally, I wrote about Marilee's new interior design in March and hope that worked out well: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2016/03/tbf_modeling_ny40_marilee_weems_plath_magnifier_young_mr_harding.html...
  • Commented on Summer fun: Camden, Panbots & Gizmo
    Incidentally, though it's hard to see even if you click the photo of Gizmo larger, a bit of Camden Harbor brown slime has grown at the aft end of the port waterline. In fact it stops exactly where the "boosted"...
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