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  • Commented on Gizmo's Ocean Armor topsides & Pettit Hydrocoat Eco bottom, the testing begins
    I've been working in boat yards and painting boat bottoms for over 30 years so mixing the paint is not an issue. We painted this ourselves. I take the paint to a Home depot and have them put it on...
  • Commented on Gizmo's Ocean Armor topsides & Pettit Hydrocoat Eco bottom, the testing begins
    Ben, we're using the standard Hydrocoat. We generally travel at 8 knots. I am comparing this to the standard Micron CSC that we have previously used. After two years the boat came out of the water clean with the CSC....
  • Commented on Gizmo's Ocean Armor topsides & Pettit Hydrocoat Eco bottom, the testing begins
    Ben, we certainly hope you have better luck with the Eco than we are having with the standard Hydrocoat. We applied Hydrocoat paint on the bottom of our Marine Trader 34 trawler while in the Chesapeake Bay. We traveled down...
  • Commented on Marine fuel prices, why so hard?
    Ben, We just returned from 3 months in the Bahamas and the first thing we need is fuel. Fortunately we filled up before leaving and made it all the way back to Stuart without buying that expensive Bahamian diesel. I...
  • Commented on Connected from Cuba?
    Sorry Wally, but what your looking for in Cuba ain't gonna happen. Besides the very poor internet service, the government controls what can and can't be done over the internet. I doubt webinars will be allowed. You may be able...
  • Posted SeaTalk to NMEA 0183 to Panbo Forum
    Looking for a source for a Seatalk to NMEA 0183 interface. It's a simple hook up, I need to connect my older Raymarine Depth Sounder with SeaTalk to an Argus Survices system. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Chuck...
  • Commented on Three Way Transfer For Power
    Thanks for more good suggestions. Time and tides wait for no man and replacing and rewiring the existing system is just not going to happen in the immediate future. That means working with what's there now and getting it as...
  • Commented on Three Way Transfer For Power
    My inverter is a ProMariner 2000 watt. It's just an inverter, no charger. It needs to be turned on manually and switched to the inverter side of the transfer switch to connect to one of our AC panels. It's a...
  • Commented on Three Way Transfer For Power
    Ben, I appreciate any suggestions from you. The inverter is actually used a lot. When we do quick overnight stops we usually use only the inverter to run the TV and small appliances. It's so much quieter than the generator....
  • Commented on Three Way Transfer For Power
    Thanks Ben. Ideally I would like to do away with the need for a generator too and add solar panels and a wind generator to supplement the Inverter. But Susan insists on her air conditioning and being in south Florida...
  • Commented on Three Way Transfer For Power
    The 3 way is a Blue Seas 8366. The 2 way is the same type Blue Seas. Chuck...
  • Commented on Three Way Transfer For Power
    Thanks Dan, but I'm not ready to reinvent the wheel or throw away a lot of good equipment that works perfectly fine. I am considering two transfer switches. I just found a three position switch. I will use that to...
  • Commented on Three Way Transfer For Power
    Maybe this will make it easier to understand what I'm trying to do. I need a switch that will; Connect a 2500 watt inverter to a single 120 volt electrical panel. Connect a single 120 volt shore power connection to...
  • Posted Three Way Transfer For Power to Panbo Forum
    I'm ready to install my generator, so now I need to find a three way switch that will allow me to switch between the generator, shore power, and inverter. Here's the rub. The shore power connects to two panels via...
  • Commented on NautiCloud, 2 Ubiquiti Bullets = high power WiFi contender?
    Andrzej, Great post and written like a true engineer. You provide some good information, BUT. This is typically the type of information that sends a lot of boaters running for products like the NautiCloud, Wirie or Rogue. To most boaters...
  • Commented on NautiCloud, 2 Ubiquiti Bullets = high power WiFi contender?
    Sandy, We often hear comments on how few open Wifi access points are available today. On a cruise from Houston, Texas to Beaufort, SC and Beaufort, SC to Baltimore, Md and then Baltimore, MD to Ft. Myers, FL we had...
  • Commented on NautiCloud, 2 Ubiquiti Bullets = high power WiFi contender?
    Ben, In using the AirOS system with the Bullet for some time now while cruising a couple of thousand miles, we find that it takes less than 30 seconds to open the AirOS page, scan for access point, direct the...
  • Commented on Installing AIS650
    Pat, you might give Raymarine a call and ask them if it will be a problem to cut the cable and re-splice it. Chuck...
  • Commented on NautiCloud, 2 Ubiquiti Bullets = high power WiFi contender?
    Ben, We have progressed from a USB Engeniuos adapter to our current Bullet set up and have years and thousands of miles of use on both. We have posted the progression and changes over the years on our blog at...
  • Commented on Garmin N2K, extend backbone or drop?
    Thanks Ben, although your reply doesn't show up here, your comments make perfect sense. The backbone will be the extension. Chuck...
  • Commented on Garmin N2K, extend backbone or drop?
    Sooooo, no one has any thoughts? Chuck...
  • Posted Garmin N2K, extend backbone or drop? to Panbo Forum
    I'm installing a Garmin GHP10 autopilot and of course the N2K cable provided will not get the GHC 10 mounted in the flybridge anywhere near enough to connect to the CCU. That means I need to do an extension to...
  • Commented on The LightSquared vs GPS problem, what now?
    It would appear that a new twist might be the final chapter in this story, http://news.yahoo.com/lightsquared-edges-closer-bankruptcy-filing-sources-185145671--sector.html ....
  • Commented on Need advice on Sat TV
    Hatowner, Unfortunately, without a much larger dish you are not going to get many stations, especially in Georgetown. South from there and you will pretty much loose them all. To get networks, you need to have the service on a...
  • Commented on DHS's Small Vessel Cooperative Tracking, what's your guess?
    Sandy, Just because your paranoid, it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. Chuck...
  • Commented on DHS's Small Vessel Cooperative Tracking, what's your guess?
    Just giving you hard time. I tend to agree with the comment on a Class B equipped vessel being less likely to be boarded. It seems to agree with my unofficial observation while cruising. It particular areas I have had...
  • Commented on DHS's Small Vessel Cooperative Tracking, what's your guess?
    Ben, Sometimes I think you like to make these kinds of posts just to stir the pot. You have to know that the tin foil hatters will spring to life on a subject like this. Forget the fact that the...
  • Commented on A baby monitor for your boat? Maybe!
    From looking at the link on your posting I got the impression it will only stream to a mobile device. Maybe I misunderstood. If you think of the other WiFi camera name, let me know....
  • Commented on A baby monitor for your boat? Maybe!
    Ben, We are prepping our trawler Beach House for some extended cruising Starting in November. We plan to winter in the Bahamas and head up the east coast in the Spring to do the Great Loop. We are currently researching...
  • Commented on The N2K WiFi gateway issue, is NMEA stifling innovation?
    I don't think any system is perfect, but a standard is probably better than none and if an organization takes the time and resources to develop an acceptable standard than I believe they should be compensated. I also believe that...
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