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  • Commented on ComNav Class A AIS transponder, with NMEA 2000!
    Milltech also sells the AMEC Class A in the U.S., and lists it with NMEA 2000 output: http://www.milltechmarine.com/AMEC-CAMINO-701-Class-A-AIS-Transponder_p_267.html But I also found further confirmation that the SRT-made Class A sold under ComNav, Em-Trak and other brands never got working N2K...
  • Commented on ComNav Class A AIS transponder, with NMEA 2000!
    I do see the McMurdo Class A AIS displayed at U.S. boat shows, so I think it's approved. The approval may be under AMEC, which actually manufacturers it. Howard, ComNav told you that their Class A doesn't yet support NMEA...
  • Commented on Navico writer's event 2014: B&G, Simrad & Lowrance product highlights
    Hi Henning, evo2 definitely does 4G dual range radar, at least one of which can be a chart overlay. I've seen it at least on the NSS16 and maybe on the NSS7. BUT choosing which radar -- "a" or "b"...
  • Commented on Maritime Robotx Challenge & the WAM-V USV, heads up!
    Email from a pilot friend: Good article Ben, pretty soon none of us will have to leave our desks! I’ve been bothered by the near total adoption of “drone” for a long time, searching for a pithy succinct summation that...
  • Commented on Maritime Robotx Challenge & the WAM-V USV, heads up!
    Obviously there are all sorts of ways a USV may be used, some of which we may not enjoy, but here's an example of a unmanned aerial system (UAS) helping to rescue lost hikers: http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/UAS-Finds-Lost-Hikers222729-1.html Incidentally, there seems to be...
  • Posted Maritime Robotx Challenge & the WAM-V USV, heads up! to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Right now it's possible to come upon an unmanned surface vessel (USV) like this trying to navigate waterways all over the world, though rest assured that there will be a boat load of attentive geeks nearby. That's because fifteen student/professor engineering teams from five countries have been given a basic 16-foot WAM-V articulating catamaran to which they are adding propulsion and control systems for the upcoming Maritime RobotX Challenge in Singapore. The contest strikes me as a great way to accelerate robotics development, but of course one eventuality is unmanned vessels roaming the coasts. In fact, that may already be happening...

  • Commented on Appreciating fuel management, wanting more
    Thanks, Quitsa, interesting comment. Did you know that Navico builds the VesselView displays for Mercury and last year both showed off some tight integration between the newer VV and evo2 displays? http://www.panbo.com/archives/2014/02/miami_2014_glass_bridge_everywhere.html I haven't tried fuel management on the NSS...
  • Commented on Raymarine LightHouse II, the paper chart lives on
    Cool...another choice of "paper charts" for electronic displays: Fugawi is out with Fugawi Onboard, a $195 three SD card bundle of all U.S. and Canadian raster charts that runs on many Navico MFDs: http://store.fugawi.com/collections/fugawi/products/fugawi-aboard-us-canada The same charts are also available...
  • Commented on Appreciating fuel management, wanting more
    Mine's also an Edey & Duff, circa 1993, and has many dings that don't show in the photo. Amazingly stable. I stopped in Pocasset, Cape Cod, on the way down to pick up a set of teak floorboards from the...
  • Commented on Cruising Solutions headsets, testing the Bluetooth update
    Seemed quite good to me, Ryan; remember that the manufacturer is largely focused on the motorcycle market....
  • Commented on Appreciating fuel management, wanting more
    Hey, Hartley, that's a Fatty Knees 9 (they also make 7 and 8 foot models) I was very pleased to acquire in August. It definitely sails, even with two old "robust" guys onboard, and also rows and Torqeedo's well. It...
  • Posted Appreciating fuel management, wanting more to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Gizmo is fenders down, awning up, in bustling Baltimore Harbor, and I have tales to tell. This old powerboat sails! That's no surprise given her windage, but now I have precise data about how much wind (and current) can help her along thanks to a fuel management system. In this photo, for instance, we were making around 10 knots over the ground at 1,350 RPM but still getting over three miles to a gallon thanks to a stiff easterly wind pushing us down Long Island Sound. That's a wake-pulling, inefficient RPM when running on flat summer water in Maine, but is much easier on crew and autopilot when in following seas like these. While I'm usually willing to spend more fuel money to shoulder through conditions like this, I was pleased to learn that the dollar difference wasn't great...

  • Commented on Aboard Tranquilidad, more adventures with N2K (& Raymarine)
    Good you asked! The Raymarine gS125 and a77 displays I'm currently testing also show nav aids icons on Navionics charts at quite a small scale at many zoom levels, so I don't think a hardware upgrade is your solution. What...
  • Commented on Antenna masts: Edson Vision & more
    Hi Don, I don't think an N connector can fit through any standard 1-14 base but I suppose Digital could make a bullet with the cable exiting the side. So many trade offs! The Sassafras River is beautiful and boaty,...
  • Commented on Antenna masts: Edson Vision & more
    That's great news, Ronbo. Excited to see your pictures! We had a great trip through NY Harbor. Lots of Stars and Stripes, lots of folks visiting Miss Liberty. We went west around Staten Island, which was new territory for both...
  • Posted Antenna masts: Edson Vision & more to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    So far, so good. Finishing up Gizmo's antenna mast was the last minute task before heading south, but nothing fell on our heads during the often lively passage to the Cape Cod Canal and around into Long Island Sound. Most of the new installs up there worked too, though we experienced a couple of very odd MFD issues that I'll write up once I understand them better. For the time being I'll just repeat a venerable adage: Do not rely on any one source of navigation information. Now let's discuss the Edson Vision and custom mounting hardware I used for the antenna farm...

  • Commented on Simrad RS35 VHF & HS35 wireless handset, testing pretty well
    Hi Thomas, I use the handset standalone a lot and am happy with it. But am motoring down Long Island Sound right now and just compared speakers side by side. the RS35 does have a bigger, fuller sound but handset...
  • Commented on Garmin SmartMode, and here comes Simrad Bridge
    Xavier, Simrad Bridge works quite nicely with the NSS16 and 7 evo2's but did not show the Triton installed in the test system as a display it could coordinate....
  • Commented on Simrad RS35 VHF & HS35 wireless handset, testing pretty well
    No I haven't, Henry, and don't have a hailer hooked up myself. But I did have the unexpected weather report issue and made it go away by turning off weather alerts. Not an ideal solution but hopefully one of several...
  • Commented on Gizmo south: TFU, IBEX, NMEA, HSR & other self promotions
    Thanks, Michael; I've been enjoying your blog posts and many photographs. Great to see Barbara traveling some of the byways you designed her for many moons ago. Also just thought to add Barbara to my MarineTraffic "Fleet" and find I...
  • Commented on Marine fuel prices, why so hard?
    Doh! Port Clyde fuel price seems to have changed radically. Just quoted $4.15 over the phone. But AC's data for Journey's End in Rockland -- $3.75 including taxes -- is correct. Plus I was able to buy a Fuel Key...
  • Commented on Gizmo south: TFU, IBEX, NMEA, HSR & other self promotions
    All sounds good to me, Arch....
  • Posted Gizmo south: TFU, IBEX, NMEA, HSR & other self promotions to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    I didn't write the seminar title, but I do understand the value of a grabby headline and I'm excited about being part of the entirely revised TrawlerFest in Baltimore. Paul Comyns and I will make a valiant attempt to cover all the important electronics bases for the knowledge-hungry long-range-cruisers-to-be that tend to take the all-day "TF University" courses. An interesting added challenge for the presenters is to provide money-saving tips. I'm already working on concepts like how GPS, AIS, and improved signal processing have made it possible to "make do" with a smaller radar, but please suggest other reasonable cost-cutting strategies. And TFU is just the beginning of my fall speaking engagements, one or more of which you might want to attend or at least kibbutz about...

  • Commented on Marinebeam: Ultra Long Range LED flashlight tested, MarineKinetix wind turbine admired
    Thanks, Stuart! I've recently chatted with two acquaintances in this area who bought MarineBeam Ultras for their boats. Both are extremely pleased. I don't know of a comparable handheld long range light. Also, I am finding uses for the Ultra...
  • Commented on The state of marine Ethernet connectors, and hello to RayNet
    Thanks, Ewen! I really don't know when or what Raymarine will do with those extra cores. But I am fairly certain that the current radars don't use them. I think the radars are now shipping with RayNet connectors but I...
  • Posted EchoPilot Platinum FLS, better than expected to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    She: "HEY! Do you realize you're steering right at a ledge?!?" He: "Yes, dear." While it was a tough cruise for my lovely first mate, I did learn a lot about what an EchoPilot FLS Platinum Video Engine can actually do. If you click the photo above to full size, for instance, note how the FLS in the Garmin video window is showing especially shallow water about 55 feet ahead, though in a rather vague, pixilated manner. Note too that the more conventional and less expensive Raymarine CHIRP DownView/sonar is at least suggesting a shallowing trend. Still, as the title says, I am finding that the EchoPilot's performance and usefulness is better than I expected, but then again -- a big 'but' -- my expectations were quite low...

  • Commented on Marine fuel prices, why so hard?
    Excellent! ActiveCaptain has vastly improved its fuel price services. You can now look at price sorted lists by state (and some foreign countries) if you are registered member: https://activecaptain.com/fuelLists/fuelIndex.php There are still plenty of missing marinas, but we users can...
  • Posted Cruising Solutions headsets, testing the Bluetooth update to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Apparently the folks at Cruising Solutions have not forgotten that I once characterized their still popular Mariner 500 intecom headsets as "making a boater look unfashionably similar to a Soviet tank driver" and hence asked me to test their latest solution to the problem of verbal communications when captain and crew are in different areas of a boat. They are called "My Team Talks" Bluetooth headsets and they're much more than modern looking intercoms. "Bring state-of-the-art multiplex communication technology to your boat" is not an overstatement...

  • Commented on Navionics SonarCharts, now via SonarPhone or GPX file, plus the Lowrance autopilot
    Perhaps unfortunately, Pencil, it does not seem to be natural for government charting agencies to accept outside data. The tendency -- understandable, I think -- is get ever stricter about data validity requirements and to be very conservative about change....
  • Commented on Smartgauge battery monitor, RC proclaims "paradigm shift"!
    I don't understand, Bob. Isn't RC's incredibly detailed testing and write-up all about how accurate and useful the Smart Gauge SOC is? http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/smart_gauge...
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