Ben

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  • Commented on Nobeltec PC Radar & TZ v2 app, blazing trail two ways?
    I got solid info about PC TimeZero Radar and it sounds good. Here's the word TimeZero (Nobeltec/MaxSea) CTO Iker Pryszo: "Before V3.1 of TZ Navigator / TZ Professional, you had to use a specially modified DRS (the “DRS4DCM”) in order...
  • Commented on Nobeltec PC Radar & TZ v2 app, blazing trail two ways?
    Thanks, Rolando. That looks like very complete radar integration, and here's the photo where anyone can have a look: http://www.panbo.com/assets_c/2017/08/TimeZero_Professional_3.2_running_Furuno_radar-15524.html...
  • Commented on Nobeltec PC Radar & TZ v2 app, blazing trail two ways?
    Thanks, anon, but what version of TimeZero are you using? Also, I can post a photo if you send it to ben at panbo.com....
  • Commented on Nobeltec PC Radar & TZ v2 app, blazing trail two ways?
    Evan, TZ v3.1 can work standalone with all sorts of Furuno radars, including the amazing NXT... https://content.mytimezero.com/hubfs/Compatibilit%C3%A9%20des%20%C3%A9quipements%20Furuno%20avec%20TZ%20Professional%20v3.1_EN.pdf ...but it may require the Pro version. I'm confused about that part because I'm pretty sur there is a radar module for TZ...
  • Commented on Raymarine AIS350 and es97 display
    Val, look again at your eS manual, and, more important, figure out what the wires do. As your AIS manual says: 1. Identify the 38400 baud, NMEA0183 wires on the AIS units power/data cable. 2. Identify the 38400 baud, NMEA0183...
  • Commented on Raymarine AIS350 and es97 display
    No, NMEA 0183 does not require power, and actually only need to connect the 38400 baud OUTput of the AIS to the 0183 INput of the eS97 (and setup the eS for that baud rate). But I'm still scratching my...
  • Commented on Raymarine AIS350 and es97 display
    Have you read the manual, Val?...
  • Commented on Raymarine AIS350 and es97 display
    Val, I think you had a confused conversation with Ray support. You're talking about SeaTalkNG (very similar to NMEA 2000) not SeaTalk. No data will pass through that cable unless there is also 12v power in it, I'm pretty sure....
  • Commented on Lessons learned by causing a false AIS MOB alert
    Sparky, it only happens when I first power up the NMEA 2000 network, and then only occasionally. The Vesper XB8000 does fall off the network once it's on it (though I do not think any MFD would alarm me if...
  • Commented on Lessons learned by causing a false AIS MOB alert
    Nice try, gents, but the circuit breaker is for the windlass, represented on the magnetometer graph by the little chop after the thruster tsunami. However, the top of the phone where the sensor is was up closer to thruster cables,...
  • Commented on Lessons learned by causing a false AIS MOB alert
    Thanks, Dan! The test DSC alarm sounds like such a good idea, I fear that the USCG already thought of it and has some reason they can't do it. But I think I know the right guy to ask, and...
  • Commented on Lessons learned by causing a false AIS MOB alert
    Thanks, Shane, but you can't twist together a pair of cables that big. Or at least I've never seen it done....
  • Commented on Lessons learned by causing a false AIS MOB alert
    Membrane switches, Alden, that's what I'm seeing lots of. Sometimes they look like buttons but there is still a waterproof membrane between their backside and the actual mechanical switch. They seem common but wouldn't be good for a diver wearing...
  • Commented on Lessons learned by causing a false AIS MOB alert
    PS It's occurred to me that I used the bow thruster at least a time or two before this incident with the ditch bag and S10 in the exact same spot. So while I appreciate McMurdo adding a warning in...
  • Posted Lessons learned by causing a false AIS MOB alert to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    The grins tell the story: Mission accomplished! Due to an obscure but noteworthy electrical glitch, plus oodles of embarrassingly distracted seamanship on my part, a sizable U.S. Coast Guard team spent part of a beautiful Saturday looking for an AIS man overboard alert that seemed to be associated with my boat Gizmo. Fireman Joey Jansen-Hedrick and Petty Officer 1st Class T.J. Iaci (above) were the boarding party that had to deal with an owner/operator (me) who was pretty sure they didn't know what they were talking about. But they were politely persistent, and they were right...

  • Commented on eLoran is back, thanks to Kim Jong-un?
    I just got asked at talk about eLoran and recent GPS issues on a radio show called Boat Talk, which streams on the Internet and later gets made into a podcast. It's a great show anyway: http://boattalk.org/...
  • Commented on Smörgåsboat: The tasty testing buffet installed on Gizmo for 2017
    For doing quick work on the iPad. A Mac mini and full size Apple keyboard are hidden away over to starboard, though I run Windows on the mini: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2013/12/long_test_chart_table_21.html...
  • Commented on Smörgåsboat: The tasty testing buffet installed on Gizmo for 2017
    Thanks, Cyril, but sorry to hear about your M506 experience. I had thought Icom understood that sometimes the 506 would be installed on an N2K network that also had AIS transponder input and that a user could turn off 506...
  • Commented on LED headlamp beanie, your boat may need one
    Thanks, Herb. It seems that Polartec is a general brand name for lots of polyester products: http://polartec.com/ The label in the Bean's beanie says "93% Polyester 7% Spandex" while the one in the Amazon beanie claims "95% Polyester 5% Spandex."...
  • Commented on Smörgåsboat: The tasty testing buffet installed on Gizmo for 2017
    So it was great to learn this morning that Axiom LH3.1 is out along with a detailed FAQ about the feature roadmap: http://www.raymarine.com/multifunction-displays/lighthouse3/v3-1/ But about my only disappointment with that roadmap involves the Q of supported entertainment systems: "A. LightHouse...
  • Commented on Smörgåsboat: The tasty testing buffet installed on Gizmo for 2017
    Hi Hartley, That's actually a 17-year-old Volvo Penta electronic shift/throttle and while it's extremely smooth and easy to use, it's also slightly scary. Every once in long while, shortly after startup, it shifts on its own! Neutral becomes Forward, Reverse...
  • Commented on BAM! Raymarine Axiom MFDs, LightHouse 3, RealVision 3D sonar & FLIR M100/200 ClearCruise
    Excellent! LightHouse 3.1 for Axiom is now available and includes Evo autopilot integration, support for all of Ray's mobile apps, and lots of sonar goodies. http://www.raymarine.com/multifunction-displays/lighthouse3/v3-1/ There's also a FAQ detailing the LH3 feature roadmap plus the planned intro of...
  • Posted Smörgåsboat: The tasty testing buffet installed on Gizmo for 2017 to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub
    While I do think that Gizmo offers a bountiful spread of delicious marine electronics these days, a more serious title for this entry might read: "Guilt: All the darn gear I've borrowed but haven't reviewed yet!" So the plan...
  • Commented on Boat hook bailer, you gotta have one
    Looks like the boat hook bailer got taken over by TaylorMade some time since 2005 but then discontinued. However, this company claims to have a couple in stock, on sale too: https://www.englundmarine.com/products/bazooka-boat-hook-bailer-5---co-%7CTAY18548.html...
  • Commented on WiFi on the boat
    PS for NorthEast Harbor Master: "My wife and I are big fans of your marina and mooring operation, but improved WiFi would make it much easier for us to stay there."...
  • Commented on WiFi on the boat
    James, now that I know that the NE Harbor Master is aware of the issues, I may know the guy who can fix them. He is Nik DeMaria of Blue Maple Systems and he's responsible for the excellent WiFi you...
  • Commented on Beta testing FloatHub boat monitoring, and the wonders of marine WiFi
    Karl, as wrote (and linked to) in the entry, the FloatHub service plans "happily start at $0 per month": https://floathub.com/plan/pricing As for Anderson Powerpole connectors, I love them! Just about every marine electronics device installed on Gizmo gets Powerpoles installed...
  • Commented on Beta testing FloatHub boat monitoring, and the wonders of marine WiFi
    Thanks, Robert, but I'm jealous. I'd like a setup like yours and Coastal Marine WiFi just lent me their PepWave SOTG router, which integrates cellular data with their EasyBullet WiFi app. Info is somewhat hidden on their order page: https://www.coastalmarinewifi.com/Order.aspx...
  • Commented on Beta testing FloatHub boat monitoring, and the wonders of marine WiFi
    Anon, actually the Victron Venus (or Color Control GX) could give me much better off boat power monitoring than the FloatHub because it can integrate with Victron current sensors, solar panel controllers and inverter/chargers: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2017/04/news_victron_venus_cruzpro_sog2_dy_windsense_vaavud_ultrasonic_panbo_news.html And while it's great that...
  • Commented on Beta testing FloatHub boat monitoring, and the wonders of marine WiFi
    Agreed, Jovini, that Boat Command is a well designed system and a good value. Here's the main Panbo writeup: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2016/03/boat_command_remote_vessel_monitoring_for_the_app_age.html But I'll be really interested to hear if BC works well for you around the Caribbean as I'm skeptical about...
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