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  • Commented on Testing the Garmin Fantom 24 in a new world of solid-state radar
    Well, partially agree. The Doppler-assisted motion highlighting features can definitely help new radars users understand what the target screens mean faster and better. But they can also help a more experienced user keep his or her head out of the...
  • Commented on Testing the Garmin Fantom 24 in a new world of solid-state radar
    Don't you mean 12kW, Tom? I don't see a Ray 25 available: http://www.raymarine.com/view/?id=168 Nonetheless you'll have high performance radar at all ranges, with three ranges usable at once (I think), plus radar redundancy. I tried Lighthouse's dual radar ability when...
  • Commented on Testing the Garmin Fantom 24 in a new world of solid-state radar
    Thanks, Cyril! I edited your comment a bit to clarify that you have both a Furuno NXT solid-state radome and a 25kW magnetron open array, but please holler if I made mistakes. The situation you describe is certainly a concern...
  • Commented on Testing the Garmin Fantom 24 in a new world of solid-state radar
    It's a lovely, peaceful corner of the harbor, Allan, and I made lots of bird friends while slowly divesting Gizmo of outdated cruising provisions. The boat is staying in all winter and I'm busy installing a Webasto hydronic heating system....
  • Commented on Testing the Garmin Fantom 24 in a new world of solid-state radar
    Thanks, Ben, that great to learn and also a good example of a point I tried to make! The new TZT2 software isn't actually out yet, but there's a new "Johnny Electron" post on the Furuno Forum saying it will...
  • Posted Testing the Garmin Fantom 24 in a new world of solid-state radar to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Gizmo_testing_four_solid-state_radars_11-2016_cPanbo.jpgIt went unmentioned at our large family Thanksgiving feast last week, but I am thankful that solid-state radar became omnipresent in our marine electronics world this year. In fact Gizmo's four test radomes now all share the solid-state virtues of near instant power up, low power draw, low emission levels, and long life (at least theoretical). They are all decent performing radars, too, and several offer very special features that only seem possible with solid-state technology. In this entry I'll try to sort out the field, while also sharing first impressions of that spanking new Garmin Fantom 24 radome.

  • Commented on Simrad ForwardScan (B&G too): a breakthrough even in beta testing
    Hi Paul, In my experience, ForwardScan delivers reliable Depth data at least to 100 feet and I've seen it holding bottom over 200 feet. Moreover, the Depth value is separate from the forward scan data in the sense that it...
  • Commented on Garmin GNX 20/21 instrument displays, monochrome mashups
    Neil, you might like the $149 Yacht Devices N2K display: http://www.yachtd.com/products/display.html...
  • Commented on Garmin GNX 20/21 instrument displays, monochrome mashups
    I doubt it, Neil, because the GNX20 uses a partially segmented display to efficiently show up to 3 large digits (plus a dot matrix area to add a little detailing). It is not meant to display all N2K data types....
  • Commented on New Garmin: Fantom radomes & Panoptix thru-hull FLS, plus radios & "budget" MFDs
    That's a very interesting question, but hard to test! Actually, I do suspect that good radar could see a tornadic waterspout, assuming it picks up a fair bit of water, and the Doppler motion detection of Fantom or Furuno NXT...
  • Commented on N2K, cable mixing not a big woop
    Thanks, Hartley. The photos are added as a PS to the entry (and it was a bit of adventure editing an entry so old). I also noted that SeaTalkNG uses larger gauge power wires than standard N2K micro cables, which...
  • Commented on If you want to sail away, free FastSeas weather routing can help
    Very cool, Jeremy! I just adjusted the "simple" power boat polars to slower speeds with much of a breeze on the beam -- it's mostly a comfort thing -- and then ran a scenario crossing the Gulf of Maine from...
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    Robert, C-Map Max-N+ chart cards for Zeus2, NSS evo2, etc. have had ActiveCaptain data since last spring. I've seen it looking pretty good on a NSS7, but as Kees notes it is a static copy of the AC database so...
  • Commented on WilhelmSK app shows what Signal K, good boat WiFi, and smart DIY coding can do
    Hi Andrew, For several years I've been using the Actisense EMU-1 to convert the inputs to my Volvo Penta gauges into NMEA 2000: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2013/10/actisense_emu-1_analog_engine_gauges_to_nmea_2000_happiness.html I look forward to trying a recent EMU firmware update that apparently adds some nice improvements....
  • Commented on Zeus3 MFDs - B&G teases on the web site
    Good catch, SF. I just got the press release about 2 hours ago. I don't see any startling changes but lots of improvements to what was already a fine MFD series. I'm sure there will be more online tomorrow. There...
  • Commented on WilhelmSK app shows what Signal K, good boat WiFi, and smart DIY coding can do
    Don, I believe that security is a concern of the Signal K team, though I don't know what's been implemented so far. However, readers should understand that most everything I discussed and illustrated above was or could have been done...
  • Commented on If you want to sail away, free FastSeas weather routing can help
    Sparky, I don't see the current display changing anywhere as I step thru a route. It may be a display issue or maybe they don't change much? I don't think the OSCAR model accounts for coastal tidal currents, and the...
  • Commented on Testing Raymarine Quantum Q24 radar, solid on many levels
    You are correct, Tcy! Yesterday, a great source sent me the link below, which seems to show that Raymarine has applied for FCC approval of a very Quantum-like radar that will be badged "Humminbird CHIRP" (model HB 2124) https://fccid.io/PJ5-HB2124 I...
  • Commented on WilhelmSK app shows what Signal K, good boat WiFi, and smart DIY coding can do
    PS Scott also has a Fusion stereo on his Catalina and wants to incorporate the Fusion-Link N2K remote interface into WilhelmSK....
  • Posted WilhelmSK app shows what Signal K, good boat WiFi, and smart DIY coding can do to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Hey, those are all solid-state radomes showing on the 7-inch displays at Gizmo's lower helm, and you'd see a fourth one running on the flybridge. Comparative testing is underway, but today I'm going to write about the rather amazing WilhelmSK app running on the iPad above. It is not only mirroring the Raymarine a77 screen, touch control included, but also neatly displaying lots of NMEA sensor data that's been converted to the app-friendly Signal K protocol, thanks to Digital Yacht's iKommunicate gateway. In my opinion, WilhelmSK is a terrific early example of Signal K's potential and also a testament to Raymarine's powerful WiFi strategy...

  • Commented on New Garmin: Fantom radomes & Panoptix thru-hull FLS, plus radios & "budget" MFDs
    Robert, I don't know any secrets but I suspect that both Raymarine and Navico are working hard to add Doppler features to the solid-state radar technology they already have. I don't know when it will come or if it will...
  • Commented on New Garmin: Fantom radomes & Panoptix thru-hull FLS, plus radios & "budget" MFDs
    John Bee, some clarification from Garmin: "Wanted to quickly clarify a few things coming in on the comments on the Garmin FLIBS post regarding the PS21-TM. After we made that announcement, we determined that we had to redesign the bracket,...
  • Commented on New Garmin: Fantom radomes & Panoptix thru-hull FLS, plus radios & "budget" MFDs
    John, I don't think there will be transom or trolling motor versions of the PS51 because it is specifically designed to fit in a standard 2-inch ID thru hull casing. Also, I'm not sure what performance difference there may be...
  • Commented on If you want to sail away, free FastSeas weather routing can help
    Matt, FastSeas saves your edited or imported polar data and also the last Start and Finish lat/longs you choose, even between platforms like PC and iPad. That requires a logged-in account. Also, your identity is protected to whatever extent it...
  • Posted If you want to sail away, free FastSeas weather routing can help to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    If you're looking for a real getaway this morning, or even just an online distraction, FastSeas.com can help. It's also a testament to how much goodness a smart boater/coder can create for his or her fellow mariners these days. And while FastSeas is primarily an online weather routing service for sailors embarking on ocean passages, it's easy and flexible enough that even a coastal power cruiser can benefit...

  • Commented on Garmin NMEA 2000 Updater
    Hi Dan, I have an official and freshh Garmin update SD card here and it's FAT32 file format. Did everything go OK when you installed the software update onto the SD card from a PC? (I don't think that you...
  • Commented on Garmin wireless wonders #1: Virb XE and now the Virb Ultra 30
    Doug, the VIRB XE I had at the masthead runs about 2 hours fully on, but the MFD interface has a sleep mode that can extend that quite some time. Better yet, Garmin has a 10 meter 12v power cable...
  • Commented on New Garmin: Fantom radomes & Panoptix thru-hull FLS, plus radios & "budget" MFDs
    Hi, Robie. I would definitely wait. The 742 will not only have more features and possibilities, and a faster processor etc, but also a much better future in terms of software updates and added options because it uses the newer...
  • Commented on New: Lars Thrane sensors, B&G Triton2, and Maine Cat 38
    Dave, I have samples of all three Thrane sensors but haven't quite finished any of the installs yet. I have powered up the LT-500, however, and the performance looks really impressive in the sense that any heading, roll or pitch...
  • Commented on New Garmin: Fantom radomes & Panoptix thru-hull FLS, plus radios & "budget" MFDs
    Charles, the GO9 bundle with 4G and transom mount Totalscan looks sweet... http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-US/Products/GO-series/Simrad-GO9-XSE-with-TotalScan-and-4G-Radar-en-us.aspx ... but I think it would be a bad idea to expect full Ethernet networking from a product that quite specifically claims only networking between one GO9...
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