Dan Corcoran (b393capt)

Dan Corcoran (b393capt)

  • Commented on OCKAM, B&G, and 0183-2000
    Perhaps an ideal bridge would have two NMEA-2000 ports, and one or two NMEA-0183 ports. I place my sensors on NMEA-2000 Port 1; My Ockam on the 0183 interface, and my displays, MFD, and AIS on NMEA Port 2; Then...
  • Posted OCKAM, B&G, and 0183-2000 to Panbo Forum
    I am looking at this J/109 (racing sailboat) and trying to figure out a good path for taking this Ockam/SIMRAD/B&G Zeus hybrid into the NMEA2000 world. I am wondering what my options are. On this boat is a higher performance...
  • Commented on B&G mix and match
    Thank you Ben, Martyn, and Kees....
  • Commented on New Autopilot - WS-220WX???
    The Airmar is wonderful for wind measurement, but the compass at the top of the masthead was a problem in strong waves. It is better to get a separate compass. I believe there are less expensive options than the RC42....
  • Commented on B&G mix and match
    Oh, great catch. I was looking at the Vulcan 7 for the companionway. What do I sacrafice without the ethernet? Radar? Sharing of Navonics maps? anything else? Do B&G Chartplotters share maps, e.g. if I install Navonics on a Zeus2,...
  • Posted B&G mix and match to Panbo Forum
    Can there be a mix of Zeus 2, Zeus 3, and Vulcan on the same ethernet on a boat? There is a Zeus 2 at the nav station on Strider, I am considering adding a Zues 3 at the helm,...
  • Commented on Suggestions for basic electronics with fewest holes?
    Not a big deal to get a hull transducer in your hull. Most yards can do it perfectly. Airmar offers a transducer for speed and depth so that only one transducer is needed. Another thought, if your just after heading...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Thank you Jim. Reading your post was like receiving an extra Panbo entry this week. That was so informative and changes how I think about digital communication vs voice in the VHF frequency range, foremost wiping out my belief that...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    IMHO Very simple. Just attach the AIS antenna to the stern rail. The range is good for the primary purpose of the technology, collision avoidance, and you don't risk compromising your VHF with a spliter, etc. as would happen if...
  • Commented on Nautic Alert, excellence in monitoring and control
    This is a bit too expensive for those of us with a single bilge and bilge pump. I wonder What would it look like in lower component and install costs if it used a Johnson Ultima switch in the bilge...
  • Commented on BAM! Raymarine Axiom MFDs, LightHouse 3, RealVision 3D sonar & FLIR M100/200 ClearCruise
    The e125 has a great balance of knob, button, and touchscreen in the hybrid interface. Is there a hidden cost in getting the all glass Axiom for those users who enjoy hybrid controls, or do users just quickly adapt to...
  • Commented on Airmar H2183 compass, best in class?
    Raymarine Evolution: Updating from a fluxgate compass is a bigger deal than it might sound. This 2009 Panbo entry that highlights unexpected positive benefits of the H2183 solid state compass would be equally applicable to new Raymarine Evolution. http://www.panbo.com/archives/2009/11/airmar_h2183_improves_situational_awareness_feature_on_raymarine.html...
  • Commented on Airmar H2183 compass, best in class?
    Oceansailor - The correct model number was a Raymarine S1 Autopilot, when it was upgraded with rate gyro it became the S1G Autopilot. The rate gyro made a tremendous difference in following seas. Ten foot seas and 30 knot winds...
  • Commented on Airmar H2183 compass, best in class?
    Oceansailor, when I upgraded my sailboat from the Raymarine S100G / H2183 combination to the Raymarine Evolution, I did not notice a difference in autopilot performance (both were great), but the p70 display has features the older display did not....
  • Commented on Testing the Garmin Fantom 24 in a new world of solid-state radar
    No different. Radar is non ionizing, and safe for humans to be near....
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Putting an AIS on the stern rail is a good option. You can use an antenna better tuned to AIS, the install is usually a DIY cable run (use a deck gland), and although you lose range vs masthead the...
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    Leftbrain, gosh, I think general purpose programmable devices that are cost effective to update and deploy new software (aka smartphones) is an excellent platform for a MOB solution. Dedicated hardware can just as easily have bugs and flaws in it,...
  • Commented on Maretron N2K tank level calibration, nice!
    I failed at using the maretron tank level monitors successfully for various reasons of tank geometry (which is hard to know what the inside looks like). The good folks are Maretron pointed out that the fluid pressure monitor, FPM100, in...
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    I see the idea of alerting the crew they are walking away with the sensor is best done with a noise maker in the sensor. Until then ideas such as this from Mr. Complicated, going back to 2009 mind you,...
  • Commented on Drawing schematics
    I am hoping someone posts something on this topic here....
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    edit: users own smartphone...
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    Ben is on to something about using the users on smartphones to notify them they need to return a beacon. It would be a big step improved if it was automatic so that when a beacon goes out of range...
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    Ah, I found the last post I made on the Raymarine LifeTag where I wrote "I have enough things to do when I return to the dock, then to chase crew down for their life tag�s. Is there a function...
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    When the Raymarine product came out I opinied what changes would make it more useful. It seems like it is nearly all covered and more but two things standout. 1. Triggering the chart plotter through nmea 2000 or 0183 with...
  • Commented on Drawing schematics
    I don't think I have the answer, so I am at the edge of my seat waiting to hear a good reply. You reference N2KBuilder in the subject line, I really like that tool for designing N2K networks, they look...
  • Commented on Cartography lessons learned searching for the best charts of Cuba
    Another interesting thing about Cuba, one can find many very old American books and magazines in Havana. Ben, do you remember a magazine published in 1948 called "The Rudder"? "America's First Boating Magazine" Do you remember the section "Gadgets New...
  • Commented on Installing Raymarine i70 and p70 displays
    Raymarine has a new generation i70. I was just recommending this to a friend and noticed the new display with the following improvements * New appearance, glass goes to the edges * Wild increase in brightness for about the same...
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    Exactly....
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    Kees, I am confused. Leeway isn't set & drift. Does Airmar populate PGN 129291? Do they populate it as leeway or do they calculate drift and stick it in 129291? Leeway has been so incalculable that I didn't even include...
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    Kees, what should MFD and PC based vendors keep in mind when they choose to incorporate leeway into their calculation of truth about the environment around out boats? For the first time they will know if our sails are up...
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