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  • Commented on DeLorme inReach gets weather & goes to Cuba
    Incidentally, boat insurance was getting to be the biggest impediment to U.S. boats wanting to cruise Cuba, but that too just changed. Peter Swanson has the story: http://www.goboatingcuba.com/exclusive-in-about-face-u-s-approves-boat-insurance-for-cuba-travel/...
  • Commented on DeLorme inReach gets weather & goes to Cuba
    Here's a thorough description of what it's like to arrive at Marina Hemingway in your own boat, which included bagging up the Iridium sat phone: http://commutercruiser.com/cuba-our-check-in-chacha-us-citizens/ I assume that all the cruisers at Hemingway get to the nearby and amazing...
  • Commented on DeLorme inReach gets weather & goes to Cuba
    I think you'll love it, Kees. As well as the Iridium story, there's lots of interesting tech history, like a footnote about how Hedy Lamarr helped invent CDMA with 12 player pianos: http://people.seas.harvard.edu/~jones/cscie129/nu_lectures/lecture7/hedy/lemarr.htm...
  • Posted DeLorme inReach gets weather & goes to Cuba to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    DeLorme_inReach_weather_feature_cPanbo.jpgI've long felt that the DeLorme inReach is a valuable safety and communications tool for boats that sometimes go beyond reliable cellular (and/or VHF) contact with friends, families and rescue centers. But one gripe for skippers hoping to use an inReach as their only offshore communications device was the lack of weather forecasting. There were some necessarily crude third party solutions, but now DeLorme itself is offering easy-to-use and understand forecasts, both marine and terrestrial. I've just been testing this and many other inReach features in Cuba, though the legality of taking a satellite messenger/tracker there is uncertain...

  • Commented on Boat US MMSI, just do it!
    Well, BoatUS MMSI numbers are no longer free... http://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1206#.V1mC9LsrJmN ...but it's still a great service at $25 and they are now including a basic BoatUS membership. In fact, I just returned to my BoatUS MMSI registration pages last week, and...
  • Commented on A Search and Rescue boat's critical electronics
    Thanks, Adam! I think that recreational boaters -- particularly ones with fast boats, and/or venturing out in limited visibility -- can learn from the team approach developed by SAR organizations like yours. It's interesting, though, that the very capable Flir/Ray...
  • Commented on marine electronics for new build
    Well, many of those features are available on all the brands you mentioned, plus maybe you should also consider a Simrad NSS evo2 system (sorry). Common: Open array radar, radar overlay, remote control keypads, and Sirius/XM weather support. All brands...
  • Commented on Thermal boat phones: Boat Beacon AIS, Flir One & the Cat S60
    So it turns out that Pocket Mariner also has a service called AISWatch that can record and play back all the AIS activity for a given area... http://pocketmariner.com/fleet-watch-commercial-port-ship-and-fleet-management/ ...and here's what the Morning Calm looks like in AISWatch: http://boatbeaconapp.com/FawleyMorningCalmFleetWatch.png Also...
  • Commented on Thermal boat phones: Boat Beacon AIS, Flir One & the Cat S60
    PS Judging the published use cases, I think that the Flir One or Cat S60 phone could also be useful on a boat for troubleshooting engine, pump, and electric issues. Plus there's the dedicated Flir AX8 with Raymarine integration: http://www.flir.com/marine/content/?id=71005...
  • Posted Thermal boat phones: Boat Beacon AIS, Flir One & the Cat S60 to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Boat_Beacon_Flir_One_ship_test_1_aPanbo.jpgThe Boat Beacon app running on the iPhone screen above looks like a fairly ordinary AIS target display app that can also show your own vessel. In this specific example your 28-foot sailboat is plotted on center as you head south at 5 knots into the Solent with the ship Morning Calm overtaking you to starboard. But, hey, it's pitch dark, the iPhone has a Flir One thermal camera attached, and Boat Beacon's "Live View" augmented reality feature can now make use of this night vision device...

  • Commented on iKommunicate from Digital Yacht, Signal K gets kickstarted
    What's really interesting, I think, is the interplay of NMEA companies like Digital Yacht and Signal K. This week I had email with Paul Sumpner (who heads up the iKommunicate project) and he told me: "​I have published an iKommunicate...
  • Commented on iKommunicate from Digital Yacht, Signal K gets kickstarted
    So instead of taking his N2K issues to a more appropriate Panbo thread, "twistedtree" (who I forgot is Peter Hayden) went to his own site: http://www.mvtanglewood.com/2016/06/now-proprietary-is-nmea-2000.html I still don't understand what he's gotten so worked up about, but his post...
  • Commented on Garmin GMI 20, hand's on, surprises found
    Hi Esteban, Jon Josephson from Garmin sent me these comments regarding your questions: "The GST 43 is designed to directly replace the 43mm Nexus log which does go all the way back to the Silva 220. So yes he can...
  • Commented on Class B Transmit interval/trigger?
    Sheldon, to my knowledge there is no SOTMA Class B AIS yet on the market. You almost undoubtedly have a CS (Carrier Sense) Class B and therefore it transmits at 30 second intervals regardless of your speed (unless you're under...
  • Commented on iKommunicate from Digital Yacht, Signal K gets kickstarted
    All those standards are owned by a single entity, the standards making body, and all those standards documents are copyrighted, which is a license. NMEA claims that N2K is an open standard by which they mean that any person or...
  • Commented on iKommunicate from Digital Yacht, Signal K gets kickstarted
    Hi Joel, The finished iKommunicate box design is quite different than the "Proof of Concept" design shown in the entry above, but I think you misunderstood it. That's a wire color identity list for the NMEA 0183/Power cable at one...
  • Commented on iKommunicate from Digital Yacht, Signal K gets kickstarted
    Wow, that's some twisted logic, Mr. Twistedtree! By your analysis, ABYC, CE, SAE, AIS, GMDSS and many other standards are all "as proprietary as proprietary gets." That will come as a big surprise to many boat, marine electronics, and engine...
  • Commented on iKommunicate from Digital Yacht, Signal K gets kickstarted
    My iKommunicate Signal K Gateway just arrived at my door and is looking good! Delivery was later than originally planned -- common for Kickstarter projects! -- but it also seems like communications got a little spotty. At any rate, Digital...
  • Commented on Raymarine LightHouse R17 part 2: hands-on Navionics Dock-to-dock, SonarChart Live & more
    Good to hear that R17 is working better for you now, Richard, and here's hoping that other boaters don't suffer from the update. Incidentally, I'm not familiar with Mattituck Inlet but I found two searchable online chart sources I can...
  • Commented on Land Rover BAR, can this AC35 tech partnership "bring the Cup home"?
    Thanks, Sheldon, but you need to catch up on Sir Ben's AC history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Ainslie#America.27s_Cup He's been involved for a while, and perhaps most notably became tactician aboard Oracle USA starting with AC34 Race 6. He was part of the "greatest...
  • Commented on Land Rover BAR, can this AC35 tech partnership "bring the Cup home"?
    I don't know if foils or wing sails will ever make sense for normal sailboats, but they are catching on with racers. Chec k out GC32 action on gorgeous Lake Garda: https://youtu.be/Oimjym2FRtg...
  • Posted Land Rover BAR, can this AC35 tech partnership "bring the Cup home"? to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    At this press conference in New York City on Saturday, May 7th, the UK's largest automobile manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover, made the case that their support of Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) in America's Cup 35 is not just about marketing. It's also a technology partnership that may be critical to finally bringing the Cup back to England, which both parties would really, really like to do. I completely bought the story and I was especially feeling my inner Brit after taking in the rest of the weekend's AC World Series pageantry off lower Manhattan...

  • Commented on Lowrance's Fish-Lo-K-Tor, the good old days?
    Gary, the Fish Lo-K-Tor manual that's linked to above and below does not mention model LFP-300 but a lot of readers seem to think that they are the same thing. http://www.panbo.com/Fish%20Lo-K-Tor%20Operations%20Manual%20lr.pdf...
  • Commented on Raymarine Quantum, solid-state CHIRP pulse compression radar in radome form!
    The Quantum Q24W WiFi-only radar is official. It's now listed under the Ordering Info tab here... http://www.raymarine.com/content/?id=13531 ...and it's included in the manual you can also find on the Quantum site. I've seen a dealer memo that went out today...
  • Commented on The Travel 1003, a serious case of Torqeedo love
    More on repairs and parts costs in 2013: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2013/12/long_tests_interlux_pacifica_plus_and_torqeedo_travel_1003.html I have had zero problems with the 1003 since and still haven't had the seal checked...but maybe it's time ;-)...
  • Commented on The Travel 1003, a serious case of Torqeedo love
    Hi Patrick. I'm hesitant to give this sort of advice as we're all different, but if it were me I might get the extended warranty but not the Torq Trac. The latter is neat but certainly not necessary (and I...
  • 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...
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