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  • Commented on The Jose Fernandez boating tragedy, some safety thoughts
    Mel, one of favorite homilies these days: "Old age is a very high price to pay for maturity." John, it still sounds like you have not actually been underway at night with a modern MFD (and/or instrument display). My remark...
  • Commented on The Jose Fernandez boating tragedy, some safety thoughts
    Geez, John, I'm guessing that you have not been out at night with a good modern MFD. The night vision problem has been solved with "dim to black" LED back-lit displays and muted color palettes. These days a single old...
  • Commented on The Jose Fernandez boating tragedy, some safety thoughts
    John, some of the early morning photos of the crashed boat show its blue LED interior courtesy lights on at least in the bow area and some posters at The Hull Truth have wondered if that was part of the...
  • Posted The Jose Fernandez boating tragedy, some safety thoughts to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Jose_Fernandez_crashed_boat_courtesy_Patrick_Farrell_Miami_Herald.jpgYou probably already know the rudiments of the story. At about 3 am on Sunday, three young men died when their 32-foot center console fishing boat engaged at high speed with the long north jetty that guards the Port of Miami's Government Cut channel. Just the violence of the crash -- it was heard by a policeman on shore nearly a half mile away -- was noteworthy, but the owner and probable driver was the beloved budding baseball star Jose Fernandez. It's a deeply tragic story as is, but is there anything in it to learn about boating safety?

  • Commented on Testing Raymarine Quantum Q24 radar, solid on many levels
    Howard, at least for now Furuno seems determined to stay with magnetron open arrays and they're making big claims for the new DRS6A X-Class: http://www.furuno.com/special/en/radar/drs6ax-class/ No worries, Abbor, I have already started comparing Quantum and 4G from same spot. And,...
  • Commented on Testing Raymarine Quantum Q24 radar, solid on many levels
    Jak, I'm not sure there's enough market to warrant a much smaller solid-state radar but it certainly seems possible to build one. And note that the current Quantum with WiFi data connection could be pole mounted on a sailboat in...
  • Commented on Testing Lithium Ion engine jumpers (plus), from Weego and Cyntur
    Alden, the new Weego 44 may be more powerful than you think because they changed the measuring criteria. Here's the skinny from Weego: "The capacity is listed in Wh instead of Ah because of shipping regulations passed onto li-ion products...
  • Commented on Testing Lithium Ion engine jumpers (plus), from Weego and Cyntur
    Hi Alex, I'd also like to see a Weego support phone number (and it's not in the manual either), but I think it's much less of a red flag in 2016 than it used to be. Also, I do find...
  • Posted Testing Raymarine Quantum Q24 radar, solid on many levels to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Raymarine_Quantum_Q24_displayed_on_eS128_cPanbo.jpgThat's very good radar imagery in my experience, especially given that it's the fully automated output of a relatively small and affordable radome which can be super easy to install. Note, for instance, how well it's separating the moored boats in Camden's recently discussed Outer Harbor and thus usefully revealing the channel into the Inner Harbor (that many visiting boats have trouble finding even in clear daylight). I also got to see how well Raymarine navigation networks can handle dual radar scanners and how sophisticated their WiFi has become. And finally I hope to spank Ray about its annoyingly overprotective MARPA alarms (though that situation could be easily fixed in software ;-)...

  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Sorry, Gary, I'm headed to NMEA conference and the Balmer notes are on the boat. But I do know that the major change Rod Collins recommended for my Firefly setup was setting the adsorption time period to 4 hours. Actually...
  • Commented on Garmin Quatix, best 'aquatics' watch yet?
    I don't know either, but caution people to be very careful about Garmin marine compatibility these days. They're doing some great new things in my opinion, but lots of backward compatibility has been lost while they change underlying software and...
  • Commented on Garmin Quatix, best 'aquatics' watch yet?
    Thanks, Xavier. It sounds like the Quatix and GNT 10 are working well for you and I notice in the GNT 10 install PDF a fairly long list of N2K data PGNs that should show on the watch: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/digital/shop-by-accessories/nmea-2000/gnt-10-nmea-2000-transceiver/prod124640.html But...
  • Commented on New: Lars Thrane sensors, B&G Triton2, and Maine Cat 38
    Cool. The Maine Cat 38 won Best Sailboat in Newport, and the Best Powerboat under 35 FT. was the Back Cove 32 built in Rockland. Maine rules! http://www.newportboatshow.com/nfnp/ Plus I'm impressed that the judges recognized the value of Garmin putting...
  • Commented on 2 new "standalone" 7-inch MFDs: Simrad Go7 and B&G Vulcan V7
    ...and today B&G rolled out the the Vulcan 9, which seems to be the same hardware as the Simrad GO9 but with SailSteer and other sailing features: http://www.bandg.com/en-US/Products/Vulcan-9/...
  • Commented on 2 new "standalone" 7-inch MFDs: Simrad Go7 and B&G Vulcan V7
    Today's new Simrad GO9 XSE is good news, I think, but possibly confusing. Unlike the GO7 and GO5, the GO9 has Ethernet, but it's only for radar, not networking with other MFDs, black box sonars, etc. But it also has...
  • Commented on Good instrument news: Garmin gWind Wireless 2 and Raymarine i70s
    Right you are, Eric, and I also see what that means in terms of your cost. I believe that you can still get gWind Wireless2 to your Nexus displays, but you'll also have to buy the GNX Wind and GND...
  • Commented on Raymarine ST60 Wind Transducer and Garmin GND 10 Wind
    Hi Chuck. I think what you want is a bridge between the SeaTalk protocol your ST60 outputs and NMEA 2000 (which Raymarine calls SeaTalkNG). Raymarine has one... http://www.raymarine.com/view/?id=1597 ...which I successfully tested with Garmin and other standard N2K displays in...
  • Commented on Good instrument news: Garmin gWind Wireless 2 and Raymarine i70s
    Eric, the Garmin wind sensor page is confusing but I still see the original gWind Wireless with the WSI box (and GND 10 Nexus-to-N2K bridge): https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-water/windsensors/gwind-wireless-transducer/prod146156.html...
  • Commented on Racer/Cruiser B&G system issues
    John, I've never tested a Vulcan but would be quite surprised if it didn't share NMEA 2000 sensor data fine with Zeus2 or other MFDs. But it's true that routes are mysterious and annoying these days. Most brands seem to...
  • Commented on Navico NASA moves tech support to the cloud
    Hi HenryD, Navico is reading this thread and emailed the following: “The requirement to use their GoFree Wifi1 device disappoints me in their NASA tool. I have a full Ethernet network aboard - five computers, two tablets, TV, Tivo, printer,...
  • Commented on New: Lars Thrane sensors, B&G Triton2, and Maine Cat 38
    Hi Itzmann, I'm not sure I noticed that keypad bug -- I don't run much at night -- but I guess it's fixed now thanks to the improved software updating (and reporting) that Bill Bishop just wrote about and I...
  • Commented on NMEA OneNet 2013, already ahead of the curve?
    Geez, even fake names would work better than all these "Anonymous" comments apparently from different people....
  • Commented on Navico NASA moves tech support to the cloud
    Bill's entry inspired me to run the latest Simrad update on Gizmo's test gear and try the NASA updating and diagnostic reporting features. I can't see what the report looks like -- Bill may take a peek -- but creating...
  • Commented on New: Lars Thrane sensors, B&G Triton2, and Maine Cat 38
    I'm happy to see the Simrad IS42 also has the USB port for display and system updates... http://www.simrad-yachting.com/Root/Simrad-Documents/IS42_docs/IS42_OM_EN_988-11199-001_w.pdf ...though it means I made an even worse mistake ;-( Sorry, Navico!...
  • Commented on NMEA OneNet 2013, already ahead of the curve?
    Thanks for the update, Andy. I look forward to learning more at the NMEA Conference. And hate to break it to you, anon2, but I've yet to hear any of big manufacturers complaining about the pace of OneNet. I have...
  • Commented on Two way testing DeLorme inReachSE, plus new Explorer model & OCENS SpotCast Weather
    Well, Bruce, sorry for your pain but its pretty hard to understand what your inReach problem was. The #2 Top Issue in the DeLorme Help section indeed is "Troubleshooting inReach Sync"... https://support.delorme.com/kb/articles/170-troubleshooting-inreach-sync ...but anyone can see that inReach Sync is...
  • Posted New: Lars Thrane sensors, B&G Triton2, and Maine Cat 38 to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Lars_Thrane_LT-1000_NRU_and_LT-500_AHRS_aPanbo.jpgToday I've got a smorgasbord of new gear to share, starting with a trio of serious multi-sensors from Lars Thrane A/S in Denmark. The company first came to my attention when they inquired about advertising -- thanks, LT -- but a little research revealed why their products may well appeal to Panbo readers. The LT-500 AHRS in the foreground is an 11-sensor Heading, Roll, Pitch, Air Pressure and Temperature device; the LT-300 GNSS not shown is a 72-channel GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou receiver; and the LT-1000 Navigation Reference Unit (NRU) shown installed essentially combines the two. Common to all of the current Lars Thrane products is promised high precision, reasonable pricing, simultaneous NMEA 0183 and 2000 output, and an impressive attention to the real boat details involved in installation, calibration, and future proofing...

  • Commented on Garmin wireless wonders #1: Virb XE and now the Virb Ultra 30
    Garmin's Jon Josephson guy saw your question, Jeff, and sent an answer: "It was edited with an older version of software. The new version (notice the older wind cups where the video you made has the newer “Garmin prop”) will...
  • Commented on Garmin wireless wonders #1: Virb XE and now the Virb Ultra 30
    Thank you very much, Dave! But, sorry, there's no way to get this sort of full integration with any GoPro or similar on any marine MFD. It could happen, though, as GoPro definitely supports third party developers -- https://developer.gopro.com/info But...
  • Commented on Raymarine 2013 demo boat: gS165, the RMK-9 keypad & more
    Raymarine's R4 EVO autopilot update looks great: http://www.raymarine.com/content/?id=17621 Among other improvements the 9-axis sensor can now stabilize wind data. I hope that Hartley and others try it and report back ;-)...
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