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  • Commented on Furuno DRS4W 1st Watch WiFi Radar: Niche or breakthrough product?
    Bob, there's no Bluetooth involved. Furuno WiFi radar acts as an access point to which iPads (and vessel data sources ) can connect. More detail here: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2014/12/nobeltec_timezero_app_2015_furuno_drs4w_wifi_radar_overlay_more.html...
  • Commented on One LED flare replaces U.S. required pyros, Sirius Signal but not Ocean Signal
    A big thanks to Norton Rider, who sent me the USPS Safety Committee text he referenced above. I've added as a PS to the entry. Here's hoping that BoatUS and similar organizations update their safety gear online information in a...
  • Commented on Raymarine LightHouse R17 part 2: hands-on Navionics Dock-to-dock, SonarChart Live & more
    Thanks, Allan, but I've seen Garmin autorouting do some odd things once in a while. The latest was nearly funny. In early April during the Garmin demos in Miami, I took this screenshot of Auto Guidance 3 in action: http://www.panbo.com/assets_c/2016/04/Garmin_2016_auto_routing3_cPanbo-13264.html...
  • Commented on One LED flare replaces U.S. required pyros, Sirius Signal but not Ocean Signal
    Geez, Richard, that's a sad state of affairs. My insurance surveyor was quite interested to learn about the Sirius Signal electric distress signal. He photographed it and I'm pretty confident he looked further into it before writing his report. CFR...
  • Commented on One LED flare replaces U.S. required pyros, Sirius Signal but not Ocean Signal
    What is NOT true, Rosea, is the bull that Orion has spread around. What is true is that the Sirius Signal LED flare meets the USCG standard for an electric distress signal (and according to Weems & Plath, the USCG...
  • Commented on Sail shape camera systems?
    I think that you may be setting yourself up for disappointment, Sheldon. The VIRB X/XE are great cameras with lots of data collection features, but I think they get boat data over WiFi from the compatible MFDs listed, not the...
  • Commented on Source for ODS Connectors?
    Why shorten the cable and why does it have to flop about? I see neatly coiled and secured cables commonly on boats with pro installations, particularly transducer cables....
  • Commented on Raymarine LightHouse R17 part 1: hands-on new weather viewer, WiFi & more
    Hi Rob, I saw a Raymarine MFD getting Theyr data via an iPhone in Florida and that's also how Adam did it. Maybe it's something about how you've set up the hotspot on your phone? PS For context, Furuno TZ...
  • Commented on Raymarine LightHouse R17 part 1: hands-on new weather viewer, WiFi & more
    The R17 New Feature PDF and updated manual are not as obvious as usual, at least to me, but they are behind the "Documents" tab ;-) This link may go direct to New Features PDF: https://raymarine.app.box.com/s/lm2j3r9ckrmvdnmod7jwxge4alqxdwi1/1/5406830377/29762052705/1...
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Yeah, yeah, but I'm a skinflint Yankee and how could Ancor made cables not be "proper"? Thanks to the Hybrid Power link just above your comment, I found another Firefly spec sheet that doesn't list CA or CCA at all,...
  • Commented on Raymarine LightHouse R17 part 1: hands-on new weather viewer, WiFi & more
    So R17 is a 994Mb download, quite similar in size to R16. It went smooth on my home Internet connection, but might be hard over some marina WiFi systems. Still it's cool that Raymarine MFDs can now check for updates...
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Sorry, Grant, I didn't express myself well. The Firefly spec handout (and the manual) are at the bottom of this page: http://www.bruceschwab.com/advanced-energy-storage-systems/firefly-energys-oasis-group-31/ The spec table is a little odd and I wasn't sure it meant 800 CA and 600 CCA,...
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Thanks, RC, Grant & Steve, but actually 18 inches is a perfect length for all eight Method 3 (star pattern) battery connects in this lucky case. With the PowerBars on center of the bank and at similar distance to their...
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Hi Stephane, I installed a Victron MultiPlus 12/2000 in 2012, details here: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2012/05/victron_multi_in_onan_genset_outa_greener_gizmo.html At the bottom of that entry is a "VE Configure II" screenshot showing how you can totally customize the charging voltages and much more. So, yes, I...
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Thanks from me too, but I'm not planning to use MRBF fuses on each battery. I think the accidental short risk when working without a cover is manageable, and the exceptionally flat top design of the Fireflys allows for a...
  • Commented on The damn iPad: iNavX, X-Traverse, Navimatics & AC
    iNavX bargain! The venerable navigation app for iPads now under new ownership has been largely updated in v4.7.4 and for a limited time it's discounted 50% to $25. http://inavx.com/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inavx-sailing-boating-marine/id286616280?mt=8...
  • Commented on ACR GlobalFix V4, NavPod, Stealth PC, Raymarine r16, and MFD ActiveCaptain via C-Map & Furuno
    Raymarine LightHouse R17 will not only support Navionics Dock-to-dock Autorouting but also SonarChart Live real time map making. Here's one hint... http://www.navionics.com/en/r17 ... and I hope to soon link to a full press release on the partnership....
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Thanks, Robert; the Midnite Solar controllers look interesting: http://www.midnitesolar.com/products.php?menuItem=products&productCat_ID=43&productCatName=Charge%20Controllers%20-%20KID But my Blue Sky 2521i was about half the cost, has held up well, and does have bulk, absorption and float charging stages. They are not adjustable but pretty close to...
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    The hoses and filter are actually part of the hydraulic steering system, plus neither of the well accredited surveyors who've checked out Gizmo while I've been present had any problem with the house batteries in that same location....
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Hi Carl, I don't entirely understand the BEMS either, but note that "It is designed to equalize old and new batteries connected in a series string..." So the BEMS is not useful for an all parallel 12v bank like mine,...
  • Commented on Raymarine Quantum, solid-state CHIRP pulse compression radar in radome form!
    Wow, there's now a WiFi only Quantum solid state radar retailing for $1,300! I fear a little confusion about it, however. Even the Raymarine guys I've been fishing with didn't realize that it was out in the market already and...
  • Commented on The Travel 1003, a serious case of Torqeedo love
    Thanks, Adam! It does seem odd that Torqeedo shear pins are hard to find even though the company is quite present in the USA. Defender carries a lot of the motors and some spares... http://www.defender.com/torqeedo-parts-and-accessories.jsp ...but I don't see shear...
  • Commented on Radar for Sailboat
    Thanks for asking, Scott. I was going to say the new Raymarine Quantum solid state 18-inch radar seems quite capable, especially good for sailboats, and reasonably priced. http://www.panbo.com/archives/2016/01/raymarine_quantum_solid-state_chirp_pulse_compression_radar_in_radome_form.html http://www.panbo.com/archives/2016/02/solid_state_radar_1_long_ranges_and_deep_thoughts.html But in the process I noticed that there are now two...
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    RC Collins of Compass Marine added an important comment to a Forum thread about monitoring individual battery temperatures: http://www.panbo.com/forum/2016/04/wet-cell-battery-temperature.html And, Norse, you're right, I forgot that Blue Sea and Marinco now have common corporate ownership. Let's hope that plays out...
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Thanks Serenity and Bill! Maybe I wasn't clear how temporary that install is -- no cables have been cut yet -- or maybe Anon is having a bad day. Constructive criticism welcome, though....
  • Posted Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    When I wrote about replacing Gizmo's house battery bank, I was already inclined to try Firefly Oasis AGMs, and my enthusiasm has only grown. It certainly helped to have RC Collins and Nigel Calder testify further in that entry's comments about how deeply they've "abused" these batteries in ways that boaters like me tend to do. I'm excited about gaining significantly more usable, easy-to-replace power capacity, and the Firefly's smart, colorful exterior design is a nice bonus. But the switch from two conventional 8D AGMs to a four Firefly bank naturally led me to rethink Gizmo's battery storage, cabling, charging, and monitoring systems. The job isn't done yet, and maybe discussion of the details with you all will change the design again...

  • Commented on Mercury & Navico: new VesselView Link, VesselView 702/502 displays and MFD engine interface
    Quitsa, Navico's John Scott also replied to your lament: "VesselView Link will work with Cummins SmartCraft engines. Cummins engines output either J1939 or SmartCraft. They are not to be confused; J1939 is different from SmartCraft. All SmartCraft engine owners old...
  • Commented on Mercury & Navico: new VesselView Link, VesselView 702/502 displays and MFD engine interface
    Jerry, John Scott from Navico responded to your comment (and it's useful info for anyone using the new SmartCraft integration): "If it has a Mercury logo on the front of the display Mercury should be called. If it has a...
  • Commented on "Drain" wire in NMEA 200 cabling
    mstuart, it would be better to start a new Forum topic, but I think I can help you. Your Furuno MFDBB has NMEA 2000 but is apparently not programmed to understand NMEA 2000 AIS messages. It does understand NMEA 0183...
  • Commented on Mercury & Navico: new VesselView Link, VesselView 702/502 displays and MFD engine interface
    Thanks, Quitsa, it would be great if you wrote again for Panbo and I'll email you direct....
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