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  • Commented on Raymarine eS Series, long live the glass bridge
    The FLIR FX camera is out, and I think it could be darn useful around a boat. Best review detail so far is at the Verge, though I think they missed the value of the cam's versatility: http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/7/8355123/flir-fx-security-camera-hands-on Wouldn't it...
  • Commented on Apple Watch boat applets, Pocket Mariner is raring to go
    Thanks, Steve! And while you were learning to use The Watch, some other folks were taking one apart to see what's inside: http://ifixit.org/blog/7158/apple-watch-teardown-2/...
  • Commented on Raymarine eS Series, long live the glass bridge
    Correct, Saffy. Navico was clear from the start that they did not own FMCW intellectual property, but instead did a whole lot of work to make it hit a performance/price point that fit recreational boating. They also said that a...
  • Commented on Raymarine eS Series, long live the glass bridge
    Jim, I've been dabbling with home automation and have been surprised to learn that the marine world has a more pervasive standard for switching and simple monitoring data (NMEA 2000). The Internet connection is much harder, though, because boats move...
  • Commented on Raymarine eS Series, long live the glass bridge
    Geez, Don, I think the eS spec list is the most complete I've seen from any manufacturer, and I complimented them on it: http://www.raymarine.com/view/?id=12164&collectionid=179&col=12166 You'll see that the screens are all optically bonded multitouch with 1,250 nits of brightness and...
  • Commented on Raymarine eS Series, long live the glass bridge
    Thanks, Abbor, but I must add that the CP100/CPT120 combination I'm testing on Gizmo looks pretty good compared to the more powerful Airmar BM75 CHIRP transducer I can run direct to NSS evo2 or Garmin 741xsv. I've also been impressed...
  • Commented on 2 new "standalone" 7-inch MFDs: Simrad Go7 and B&G Vulcan V7
    Thanks, Norse, but here's the Garmin 527 product page... http://goo.gl/QqdEa3 ...and it doesn't seem relevant. There's definitely something being lost in translation, though, and I tend to believe that Garmin's 721 power specifications in English are correct. The good thing...
  • Posted Raymarine eS Series, long live the glass bridge to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    On Monday Flir unveiled Raymarine's eS Series, and shortly thereafter, extensive detail on the new 7-, 9-, and 12-inch multifunction displays went online. A cynic might say that the eS Series is simply a refresh of the existing eSeries with its similar HybridTouch mix of keypad and touchscreen controls. But that would ignore multiple hardware improvements plus the amazing evolution of Ray's Lighthouse II operating software since the lower-case "e" MFDs entered the market in 2011. For instance, click the photo above bigger to better see the full support for Navionics, C-Map, and LightHouse cartography (discussed here recently). Also, not to be ignored is the glass bridge style, which makes sense in all its ramifications and is very much here to stay, I think...

  • Commented on 2 new "standalone" 7-inch MFDs: Simrad Go7 and B&G Vulcan V7
    RP, where did you get a "0.6A" draw for a Garmin 721? Here's what Garmin says: "Max power usage at 10 Vdc: 27 W Typical current draw at 12 Vdc: 1.3 A Max current draw at 12 Vdc: 2.3 A"...
  • Commented on Navionics SonarCharts, now via SonarPhone or GPX file, plus the Lowrance autopilot
    Great tip: Navionics+ cards are going to 16 gig (from 2!) and apparently it comes preloaded with U.S. and Canadian charts while the price remains the same. They are only available from some distributors right now, like here: http://www.cabelas.com/product/Navionics/1580199.uts Big...
  • Commented on Garmin BlueChart Mobile, hands-on #1
    Garmin is adding some great features to BCM 2.0 this summer but it remains iOS (Apple) only. I asked about an Android version at the Miami show in February and Garmin would only say that they appreciate the Android platform...
  • Commented on Navico WR10 Wireless Pilot Controller & BT-1 Bluetooth-to-N2K gateway
    I just made some corrections in the first and second paragraphs because I learned that using the WR10 remote directly with an MFD that has its own Bluetooth is not a done deal. It may be possible eventually, but for...
  • Commented on Navico WR10 Wireless Pilot Controller & BT-1 Bluetooth-to-N2K gateway
    Thanks, Charles, but there is no standard wireless protocol for NMEA 2000. I'm not saying that Bluetooth is great for MOB alarms but a device like the WR10 could use a Bluetooth bridge like the BT-1 to put a standard...
  • Commented on Onboard WiFi and cell booster strategies, the diagrams
    That's a good question, Bill, though it makes me feel tentatively guilty, and I wonder how often this happens. I've never before heard specific examples like yours, and no one has ever complained about my booster usage. Hopefully, some folks...
  • Posted Digital Yacht Sonar Server, keeping it simple! to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    I'm really impressed with the Digital Yacht Sonar Server introduced last week, though it has almost nothing to do with the technology involved. In fact, I think the DY developers could have engineered this product in their sleep, as could several other companies that specialize in NMEA 0183 utility hardware. What's brilliant here is a simple, reasonably priced, and fast-to-market solution for certain boaters who are understandably hot to use the Navionics SonarCharts Live app feature on their phone or tablet. And Digital Yacht has backed up their marketing smarts with deep info on how to install the Sonar Server...

  • Commented on Gizmo glass bridge MFD testing 2014, specs & prices
    Don, I think the glass bridge style and general architecture is great and here to stay for quite a while. In fact, Raymarine just went more glass bridge today: http://www.raymarine.com/content/?id=12152 I'll have more on the new eS Series in a...
  • Commented on CP300 and E120 Classic Problems
    Where did you see that your E120 Classic is "specifically NOT supported by the new CP370"? The CP370 product page lists Compatibility as: aSeries | cSeries | eSeries | gS Series | C-Widescreen | E-Classic | E-Widescreen http://www.raymarine.com/view/?id=11578...
  • Commented on GoFree goes online & Insight Genesis Social Mapping goes free
    Thanks, Kees. Is your router set up special to work with your Lowrance network? Can you access GoFree data through your router with apps?...
  • Commented on GoFree goes online & Insight Genesis Social Mapping goes free
    Thanks, Xavier, but I'm confused. Isn't your boat router serving as an access point for the PC's and mobile devices on your boat (with the WiFi extender used a bridge to the Internet)? Therefore, can't you log into the router...
  • Commented on Inmarsat Fleet One, affordable FleetBroadband for real?
    Hi Bill, LinkWav is the new Inmarsat FB service provider that launched publically in December with a very different way of managing intermittent use, and I think they're doing great: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2014/12/linkwav_inmarsat_fb_finally_makes_sense_for_intermittent_users_.html http://linkwav.com/...
  • Commented on Navico WR10 Wireless Pilot Controller & BT-1 Bluetooth-to-N2K gateway
    Dan, I checked the Raymarine manual and the only Bluetooth reference is to the RCU-3 remote, which does screen and audio commands, not autopilot. Ray definitely has wireless AP controls, the S100 and SmartController mentioned in another recent entry about...
  • Commented on Navico WR10 Wireless Pilot Controller & BT-1 Bluetooth-to-N2K gateway
    Hartley, it was the "less-than-symbol 100mA..." you first used and I fixed it. The comment parser thinks that a "less than" symbol is the beginning of an HTML style tag and won't show anything until it sees the "more than"...
  • Commented on Navico WR10 Wireless Pilot Controller & BT-1 Bluetooth-to-N2K gateway
    Good point, Hartley, but at least "Bluetooth Smart" is another name for Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) and hopefully that bodes well for the remote: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth_low_energy cmgreeniv, I don't think it's realistic to judge Navico product releases on the RS35 VHF,...
  • Posted Navico WR10 Wireless Pilot Controller & BT-1 Bluetooth-to-N2K gateway to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Last week Navico introduced a Wireless Pilot Controller that can be added to B&G, Simrad, and Lowrance autopilots that connect to their control heads (and/or MFD controls) via NMEA 2000. It can do more than the keys indicate -- like tack a sailboat that's being steered in wind mode -- and it will retail at $349 with a BT-1 Bluetooth Base Station. The WR10 remote will also be available by itself for $150 as four can work with one BT-1 at once, and eventually the remote may be able to work directly with the Bluetooth built into displays like the recently introduced Lowrance HDS Gen3 or the new Simrad Go7 / B&G Vulcan V7 twins...

  • Commented on 10 years in the Panbo wheelhouse, some improvements made
    Thanks Steven (and everyone else), I'll be back in New Bern on the 28th after a few days in SW Florida with an old friend who has an issue I deeply wish was as fixable as my hip. (Now I'm...
  • Commented on Vexilar T-Box WiFi fishfinder & Navionics SonarChart Live wow
    Cool: Digital Yacht just introduced Sonar Server, a WiFi box with NMEA 0183 input especially designed to make SonarChart Live work on an Apple or Android mobile. Perhaps most impressive is all the specific instructions and diagrams about how to...
  • Posted 10 years in the Panbo wheelhouse, some improvements made to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Panbo_office_desk_3-10-2014.jpgWhile I was already fairly "seasoned" when I wrote my first Panbo entry 10 years ago yesterday, I feel like I have a few more years of obsessing over marine electronics left. Today, though, I'm going to share a few non-marine infrastructure improvements I've made, mainly to Panbo's completely redone edit office. I haven't been very shy about personal matters over the years, but I never showed the horrid mess of a home office where I did much of my work. And I wouldn't now, except as a "before" to an "after" I'm very pleased with...

  • Commented on Onboard WiFi and cell booster strategies, the diagrams
    Geez, Henning, it's fairly thin Ethernet cable and it can take some careful twisting. I've been through this install issue a few times and what I've done is to pull a few feet of cable out of the mast, give...
  • Commented on Mixing old transducer with modern chart plotter?
    Rick, The GND 10 bridge box comes with the gWind sensor. Garmin uses standard NMEA 2000 connectors, so to patch a ST-to-STng converter into an N2K network you need this cable with a standard N2K male end: http://www.westmarine.com/buy/raymarine--seatalk-ng-to-devicenet-nmea2000-adapter-cable-male--9717786 But I'm...
  • Commented on 2 new "standalone" 7-inch MFDs: Simrad Go7 and B&G Vulcan V7
    Xavier, here's the word on SKU's (stock keeping units) from Navico: "GO7 is $799.00 in the SKU with no transducer included. GO7 has two other SKUs, one with the HDI 83/200/455/800 kHz transom transducer at $849.00 and the last SKU...
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