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  • Commented on MIBS 2015: Raymarine, Icom, Lowrance, B&G, FLIR, Blue Sea and drones
    Here's a good example of how a drone can be used to show how well a boat (for sale) moves through the water: http://youtu.be/GFZ-5x1DPy8 I admired Hero when she gently passed me and most everyone else just north of the...
  • Commented on Nav Software on Steve Jobs iMacs
    http://www.wavetrain.net/news-a-views/652-steve-jobs-superyacht-venus-barely-escapes-from-simpson-bay-lagoon...
  • Commented on Homemade GPS Compass
    Hi Norton Rider, There was recent discussion about this on an entry about the SeaPilot compact (and fairly inexpensive) sat compass: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2014/11/seapilot_vector_compact_gps_compass_true_heading_comes_to_the_usa.html In short, I don't think a homemade GPS compass is as easy as it might sound. But I'm...
  • Commented on Compatability issues Simrad NSS12 EVO 2
    I'd ask Gemeco. They're expert about transducers and can at least point you to a technical dealer who can help. http://www.gemeco.com/ PS Not sure but I think all the advice you got may be correct, the difference being "full capabilities"...
  • Commented on radar/sonar/etc. ethernet products
    Hi Jim, Just because a device uses Ethernet doesn't mean you can use the data. Almost everything Ethernet in the marine electronics world is proprietary. We've discussed hacked radar here... http://www.panbo.com/archives/2013/01/radar_on_your_pc_laptop_or_tablet.html ...but the manufacturers may have blocked it. Rose Point...
  • Commented on Furuno TZtouch2 and FI-70, back in the game!
    In terms of sheer ruggedness, probably not. That's what happens when you substitute plastic for metal, etc. But built plenty well enough for yachts, probably yes. Plus fast processor, bright hi res screen, etc. etc. Note the weight drop from...
  • Posted Furuno TZtouch2 and FI-70, back in the game! to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Sorry for the blown out screens, but the point of this photo is Furuno USA marketing manager Dean Kurutz, who co-delivered the NavNet TZtouch2 introduction with senior product manager Eric Kunz just like they did with the original NavNet in 2001 -- when I was just getting into electronics writing -- and every NavNet update since. The dynamic duo have been coming to Miami with the company since well into the last century and a lot of their colleagues have similar histories. If you go Furuno you get remarkable management consistency and institutional memory, but that doesn't mean they're old school...

  • Commented on MIBS 2015: Raymarine, Icom, Lowrance, B&G, FLIR, Blue Sea and drones
    Well, I muffed the Garmin/Axis reporting. It's a feature that already came out in the January software update: http://newsroom.garmin.com/press-release/marine/garmin-gpsmap-and-echomap-product-lines-receive-new-features "Other features also available for the higher-end GPSMAP 8000 and GPSMAP 7400/7600 product lines are...an enhanced interface with Axis® IP Cameras...
  • Commented on GoFree goes online & Insight Genesis Social Mapping goes free
    GoFree online MFD features are now available for Simrad NSS evo2 with the update that went up yesterday: http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-US/Support/Downloads/NSS-evo-2/ Also added is support for ForwardScan and various sonar and other improvements. NSO evo2 too: http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-US/Support/Downloads/NSO-evo-2-Software/...
  • Commented on KVH V3-IP Broadband & Thuraya SatSleeve
    Well, thanks, Jim; that makes us a mutual admiration society. I sometimes tell the story about how a wise industry veteran with a strong interest in new media took me aside at a wild Miami Boat Show party in about...
  • Commented on MIBS 2015: Raymarine, Icom, Lowrance, B&G, FLIR, Blue Sea and drones
    Good point. Please report back on how it goes....
  • Commented on MIBS 2015: Raymarine, Icom, Lowrance, B&G, FLIR, Blue Sea and drones
    Zack, I don't know anything more than I wrote about Garmin camera support, but I sense that all the manufacturers are quite cautious about overburdening their customer support departments either because ONVIF is a complex standard or because there are...
  • Commented on Simrad RS35 VHF & HS35 wireless handset, testing pretty well
    Marshall, the RS35 has a "30 W Hailer with listen back capability" (which I haven't tried) and intercom between wireless handset and base station that works well (with second handset supported). But if you mean integration with some other intercom...
  • Commented on KVH V3-IP Broadband & Thuraya SatSleeve
    KVH just shipped its 5,000th TracPhone mini VSAT system and claims VSAT market dominance: http://goo.gl/Bifp2Y Note that KVH provides the mini VSAT service too, and keeps adding features like MultiCast: http://goo.gl/HULfMP So it's altogether quite an accomplishment for a company...
  • Commented on METS 2014: AIS MOB, Class A N2K, Torqeedo app, Wave WiFi router & more
    Thanks, Glenn, but I've seen MFDs that do recognize an AIS MOB signal like a regular MOB button alarm and can extend their weak alarm "beep" to a loud external alarm. I've even heard of offshore racing boats that install...
  • Posted MIBS 2015: Raymarine, Icom, Lowrance, B&G, FLIR, Blue Sea and drones to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    "Black is the new gray," say the folks at Raymarine, and so it is with the three new CPx70 sonar modules which were introduced in Miami. They'll replace the existing blackbox fishfinders but not the CP100 and 200 CHIRP Down-or-Side-Vision and sonar combos designed for shallower depths and structure imaging. So by contrast the 600-foot-max-depth CP100 also installed on the demo boat above highlights the beefiness of the new base CP370 model, which is actually the bottom of the line with its traditional dual 50KHz and 200 KHz fixed frequencies, 1,000W of power and purported depth range of 5,000 feet. The performance enhancements seem subtle but multiple...

  • Commented on Furuno RD33, hand's on #1
    I don't see any mention of bracket mount in the FI-70 brochure: http://www.furunousa.com/products/productdetail.aspx?product=FI70 The RD33 is a nice instrument display in my experience, it matches your MFD12 style-wise, and it has two features the FI-70 doesn't. They are dual N2K...
  • Commented on Signal K, a true game changer?
    Nice! NMEA's relatively new President & Executive Director Mark Reedenauer just posted "a friendly hello from NMEA" on the Signal K forum along with the offer of "technical resources if NMEA 0183 or NMEA 2000 questions arise during the development...
  • Commented on Garmin Panoptix All-Seeing Sonar, GPSmap 7x16, and BlueChart Mobile 2.0
    I just added some Panoptix demo images and commentary. It's pretty amazing. I also appreciated a demo of the weather improvements and streaming coming to BlueChart Mobile 2.0. You can even mind some weather elements on the iPad screen while...
  • Commented on MIBS 2015: Ocean Signal, ACR, C-Map, Garmin GNX, Lumitec and Veethree
    So a four pack of ACR Aurora Red Hand Flares will retail at $38 as compared to Orion at $35. An Orion flare does last 3 minutes versus the Aurora's one minute, but I think I prefer the shorter burst...
  • Commented on MIBS 2015: Ocean Signal, ACR, C-Map, Garmin GNX, Lumitec and Veethree
    Derek, I had to leave the ACR cruise early to get over to the FLIR cruise (by fast boat in the dark ;-), so I missed a presentation on SARlink. But here's the gist: "This is one of our next...
  • Commented on MIBS 2015: Ocean Signal, ACR, C-Map, Garmin GNX, Lumitec and Veethree
    Valkyrie, I don't think that any of the plotter manufacturers ever liked being dependent on one electronic chart source, both for their own business reasons and on behalf of their users. I think it's great that all the manufacturers now...
  • Commented on Garmin GNX 120/130, 7- and 10-inch NMEA 2000 instrument displays
    Garmin's Jon Josephson, a racing electronics expert who worked for both Nexus and Garmin before they became one, wanted to add these notes after our Miami discussion: "One thing I forgot to discuss was our support for the Nexus product...
  • Commented on Garmin GNX 120/130, 7- and 10-inch NMEA 2000 instrument displays
    Well, Peter, that seems like an opinion, and a fairly extreme one, about the nature of closed and open. With the Garmin custom message and label PGN open to established developers, many racers can potentially benefit. We have to remember...
  • Commented on MIBS 2015: Ocean Signal, ACR, C-Map, Garmin GNX, Lumitec and Veethree
    Thanks, Derek. I didn't even know about the SARLink and it looks very interesting -- dual sat systems, dual batteries, touch screen, wow! -- though probably high end. They did not mention it during the demo cruise but I'll ask...
  • Commented on MIBS 2015: Ocean Signal, ACR, C-Map, Garmin GNX, Lumitec and Veethree
    The ACR Aurora Flare details are online now, Dan, and I see this: "Unlike some flares, which emit dangerous sparks and ash, the Aurora's unique design minimizes emission of smoldering debris." http://www.acrartex.com/products/catalog/aurora-distress-signalling-flares/aurora-red-hand-flare The Garmin GNX displays are actually a three-screen...
  • Posted MIBS 2015: Ocean Signal, ACR, C-Map, Garmin GNX, Lumitec and Veethree to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    MIBS2015_Ocean_Signal_James_Flynn_cPanbo.jpgIt's often hard to organize the news from a busy event like the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS), but this year a few of my photos stood out because they also portray the people behind the electronics. So say hello to Ocean Signal founder James Flynn, seen here showing off their latest ultra compact rescueME safety devices. The MOB1 personal AIS beacon with its added DSC alarm seems impressively simple to fit and use, and thanks to recent FCC approval, it's now available here in the USA.

  • Commented on Nobeltec TimeZero app 2015, Furuno DRS4W WiFi radar overlay & more!
    Definitely, Quitsa. TZT2 looks like a smartly thought-out evolution/alternative to TZT. Interesting tidbit for now: It's running on Android, not Windows! http://www.navnet.com/tzt2/en/ The new FI-70 glass instrument display seems nice too: http://www.furunousa.com/products/ProductDetail.aspx?product=FI70...
  • Commented on Garmin GNX 120/130, 7- and 10-inch NMEA 2000 instrument displays
    Good news for racing sailors wanting to use GNX displays with third party software: Garmin realized that they can put all 10 custom data messages and text labels into one PGN that will be made available to established developers like...
  • Commented on Hand's on Scanstrut Rokk adjustable mount & 2nd generation Lifedge iPad case
    Looks like the Gumdrop Marine Case for iPad air models is out: http://www.gumdropcases.com/marine-industry-case-for-ipad-air.html http://www.gumdropcases.com/collection/marine-industry.html...
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