Ben

Ben

  • Commented on Nobeltec radar problem
    I don't think that's possible, Tapio. Nemastudio is a good NMEA 0183 and 2000 simulation program for developers... http://www.sailsoft.nl/nmea_simulator.html ...but I don't think it can do what you've heard. I think that what you have is a Koden RadarPC and...
  • Commented on Land Rover BAR, can this AC35 tech partnership "bring the Cup home"?
    Cool! Land Rover BAR won 2 out of 3 World Series races in Portsmouth today: http://land-rover-bar.americascup.com/en/news/291_Tied-at-the-top-in-Solent-sizzler.html https://youtu.be/LobQ3hTjt4A...
  • Commented on Furuno Black Box and Radar
    Or maybe a lack of Heading? Also, did you try a complete reboot, powering down all components? I suggest that you check out the troubleshooting section of your manual and Furuno USA also has a good tech forum: http://www.furunousa.com/Support/Forum.aspx You...
  • Commented on Setup and Sailsteer
    No problem, Martin; I deleted the double. I don't know what SailSteer will display without Heading, but I believe you'll get richer information if you have it. http://www.bandg.com/Sailing-Features/SailSteer/...
  • Commented on Panbo classifieds - thanks Ben!
    Thanks, Patrick! It's strange. The Classifieds section looks like it's hardly used, but the few who do try it often have success. I have a lot of items to put up there soon, and am hopeful to pass them along...
  • Commented on Furuno NavNet TZ Touch 2, First Impressions on the Water
    Hi Maldwin, I'm confused about "auto course up." I see that the TZT2 has North Up and Heading Up but not what I call Course Up. I've appreciated Course Up sometimes because the chart doesn't move when you dodge a...
  • Commented on Furuno NavNet TZ Touch 2, First Impressions on the Water
    Drew, Furuno TimeZero plotters (and Nobeltec/MaxSea TZ apps and programs) only run charts processed by MapMedia. That's why they pan and zoom so smoothly, and why TZ 3D is arguably better than all other 3D chart presentations. But that also...
  • Commented on NOAA introduces Zones of Confidence; mind your ZOC
    Thanks, René! A Google search for "CATZOC" yields many interesting finds. I did not realize how long the international cartography community has been working on how to better inform mariners about data quality. I also enjoyed finding some evidence that...
  • Commented on Furuno NavNet TZ Touch 2, First Impressions on the Water
    Gosh, Maldwin, that seems rash, especially if it's mainly about charts. The TZT 12 I tested for several years had Navionics, C-Map, and NOAA vectors for the U.S. all unlocked and I did not develop a strong preference. Remember, Furuno...
  • Commented on The Travel 1003, a serious case of Torqeedo love
    Chachere, that's not normal in my opinion. While I had some high RPM "bad bearing" noise and E45 error codes early in this very long test (see March 11, 2012 comments), they went away completely after the motor was serviced...
  • Posted NOAA introduces Zones of Confidence; mind your ZOC to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Yikes! Did you know that some areas of the U.S. coastal chart you're using may only show land and bottom features accurate in position to +/- 1,600 feet, and you shouldn't be confident about the depth soundings either? NOAA has a new way to show boaters how old and inaccurate much of its survey data is, and it will surely give pause to those who pay attention. The concept is called Zones of Confidence and it's slowly rolling out as diagrams on paper-style raster charts like the one above, but the ZOC accuracy info is coming much faster to NOAA's ENC vector charts, and apparently it could be made easily accessible on the commercial vector charts you're probably using.

  • Commented on Raymarine EV-100 & Garmin Network
    Just using regular NMEA 2000 tee connectors and Raymarine SeaTalkNG-to-N2K adapter cables (not the opposite) to drop the EV-1 and control head into your existing network should work fine. Just be sure that you understand where the original backbone and...
  • Commented on Good instrument news: Garmin gWind Wireless 2 and Raymarine i70s
    Maybe "P70s" is a typo and what they really mean is the Airmar P79s in-hull NMEA 2000 depth sensor: http://www.airmar.com/productdescription.html?id=108...
  • Commented on GPS Data to Garmin Instruments
    I think that your best bet is a Garmin 19x NMEA 2000 GPS... https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/shop-by-accessories/antennas/gps-19x-nmea-2000-/prod100702.html ... which seems to have a street price of about $200. It's a very good GPS and will surely work well with your instruments (assuming they...
  • Commented on Mixing old transducer with modern chart plotter?
    Bert's advice is good, but note that NMEA 0183 and 2000 "smart" transducers can only transmit numeric depth info, not full FLS or fishfinder data. EchoPilot does make a "Video Engine" that can put the FLS into a common video...
  • Commented on Flash: C-Map and Navico become sister companies
    Yes, Navico's sale was announced last Tuesday, but it's hard to imagine a less newsworthy transaction. The entire company -- plus the semi-separate Digital Marine Solutions that acquired Jeppesen Marine last March -- are moving from one Altor fund to...
  • Commented on Good instrument news: Garmin gWind Wireless 2 and Raymarine i70s
    Itzmann, I don't see the GNT 10 listed as a compatible device with the gWind Wireless 2 and I don't think that's a mistake. I don't know why, but I don't think the Quatix 3 watch is compatible with the...
  • Commented on Good instrument news: Garmin gWind Wireless 2 and Raymarine i70s
    Sorry, Marauder, I can't find any reference to a P70 smart transducer and I checked the i70s manual too. According to the latter, the i70 and i70s support two triducers directly over NMEA 2000/SeaTalkNG: DT800-12 Bronze, part # A22147 DT800–12...
  • Commented on Garmin 2016: Quickdraw sonar charting, smaller Panoptix, Striker, and lots of CHIRP
    Garmin just made it easy to share Quickdraw charts: https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/fishandhunt/garmin-quickdraw-community-icast-2016/...
  • Commented on Recovering unconscious MOB
    Glenno, I've never tried one but I like the idea of a cloth "parbuckle" as discussed here: http://marine.the-justgroup.com/man-overboard-recovery-sea-scoopa/ http://www.sosmarine.com/Pages/Serials/New%20MOB%20Equipment.htm http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/gear/mob-retrieval-recovery-30318...
  • Posted Good instrument news: Garmin gWind Wireless 2 and Raymarine i70s to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Mount the new Garmin gWind Wireless 2 transducer on your masthead, plug the GNX Wind display into your NMEA 2000 network and -- badda bing, badda boom -- your sailboat has quality networked wind data that hardly uses any power and retails for $900 bundled. And if you already have a Garmin GPSMAP 7400/7600 or 8400/8600 chartplotter series, you don't even need the GNX Wind to display and network the data. Meanwhile Raymarine's updated i70s all-in-one N2K instrument display looks great on several levels...

  • Commented on Hello Nobeltec TimeZero Odyssey, goodbye VNS?
    TZ Navigator V3 looks very interesting, by the way: http://www.nobeltec.com/products/software/tz_navigator...
  • Commented on Hello Nobeltec TimeZero Odyssey, goodbye VNS?
    I suspect that anon is correct, but I've been running TimeZero on a Mac Mini using Boot Camp and Win 7 for years without any problems....
  • Commented on Gizmo 2016, Pettit Hydrocoat Eco round 2 and Gadget redo
    That's great, Hartley. Let me know when you're around and try to get into Camden Inner Harbor if you can. The outer mooring field and anchorage are beautiful too, but sometimes rolly....
  • Posted Evinrude E-Link, one leg of a generous open architecture attitude to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Evinrude_E-Link_WiFi_gateway_n_app_aPanbo.jpgI suspect that a lot of now and future Evinrude E-Tec G2 outboard owners are going to appreciate the new E-Link hardware and app system almost as much as the Fourth of July. The easy-to-install NMEA 2000 WiFi gateway will cost about $360 and will neatly put all G2 gauges, calibrations, and fault codes into otherwise free E-Link Android and iOS (Apple) apps. One E-Link gateway will handle multiple outboards and the system doesn't require or preclude any other monitoring and control options. In fact, you may soon see a full G2 interface on your favorite multifunction display...

  • Commented on Gizmo 2016, Pettit Hydrocoat Eco round 2 and Gadget redo
    Hi Hartley, The Bomar 901348 and 901349 inspection hatches I used... http://search.defender.com/?expression=bomar+90134&x=0&y=0 ...seem pretty well made. While I'd trust them more to be waterproof when fully submerged if they had two latches instead of one, I'm not too worried about...
  • Commented on Mercury & Navico: new VesselView Link, VesselView 702/502 displays and MFD engine interface
    We missed the March 4 announcement that Mercury Marine will offer a Bluetooth module and apps that can put VesselView on your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet... https://www.mercurymarine.com/en/br/news/mercury-marines-new-vesselview-mobile-app-puts-the-power-of-smartcraft-on-your-mobile-device/ ...but can anyone find the apps that were supposed to be...
  • Commented on Gizmo 2016, Pettit Hydrocoat Eco round 2 and Gadget redo
    Thanks for the updates, ValkyrieYachts! Sheldon, the completely non-metallic water-based Hydrocoat Eco paint I'm using goes over transducers no problem, and here's a West Marine video showing it going on a boat in Alameda, CA: http://www.westmarine.com/WestAdvisor/Hydrocoat-ECO (Note that West also...
  • Commented on SimNet network testing, & more NSE goodies
    Sounds like good troubleshooting so far, Don, but now I think you have to remove devices from the network hoping to find one that is causing SimNet/N2K trouble. I'm most suspicious of the masthead unit, especially if the mast just...
  • Commented on Gizmo 2016, Pettit Hydrocoat Eco round 2 and Gadget redo
    Sheldon, I'm pretty sure that the Valkyrie Yachts guy who had such good ePaint performance is in southern CA: http://www.valkyrieyachtsales.com/ My question for ePaint is how well that photoactive process works in the cold dark waters of northern New England?...
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