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  • Commented on Bystander & Velsheda, what a pair!
    So you think you have maintenance headaches? The scuttlebutt here in Camden is that Bystander is being held in port due to a genset failure. Not to worry about all those frozen goodies though. A giant mobile genset was trucked...
  • Commented on Bystander & Velsheda, what a pair!
    Hi Ben, We arrived in the thick fog Monday to be greeted by our new [if brief] neighbors. Quite impressive - though we could have done without the required all day and night electronic fog bells coming from Bystander at...
  • Commented on Accessory GPS for iPads plus: Dual XGPS150 vs Bad Elf
    The incremental cost of iPad 2 3g over wifi is a good value for me for the convenience of a terrific internal gps and the flexibility of perhaps wanting Verizon service on short notice without a contract [like in Camden]....
  • Commented on AIS Receivers for RayMarine C70 MFD
    A sailing friend just asked for this help with CE in a Raymarine environment: Can you give me some guidance as to how to connect the PC with Coastal explorer to the Raymarine network? We have the following components. 7)...
  • Commented on Earl aftermath, & thumb's up to Bluefin Marine Weather
    Hi Ben, As you know we made a fast exit from Camden on Dana Louise. We made a three day run to New Bedford to hide behind their hurricane barrier. It was not necessary but we made many new friends...
  • Commented on GPS Position Inaccuracies
    Maybe I should just say your mfd is shifting the chart 50 ft. Brian...
  • Commented on GPS Position Inaccuracies
    Dan, When you say 'actual' position - relative to what? Without understanding your reference is it possible these may be chart errors? We have become very dependent on gps - so we do not usually have a more accurate reference...
  • Commented on Xantrex inverter chargers
    Jeff, Been cruzin so my regrets for the slow answer. SW3000 is fine by my measure running quiet and cool but my scp did not fit in the old hole for the prosine panel. Note also that xantrex had done...
  • Commented on Genasun & Victron, power to spare?
    A little off message but Lithium polymer [Li-poly, Li-Pol, LiPo, LIP, PLI, LiP] batteries are about to become mainstream. Hyundai is shaking up the hybrid automobile market with the Sonata Hybrid model which will use LiPo batteries to outclass the...
  • Commented on Standard GX2100 AIS
    Hi again Bob, I am in Camden now with my PDQ and want to complete my gx2100 to N2K setup. I have a Startech IC485S and would appreciate your wiring diagram and installation tips if possible. Thank you, Brian...
  • Commented on SimNet network testing, & more NSE goodies
    Ben, We will be aboard Dana Louise in Camden Hbr thru late August so hope to rendezvous later. Have a great cruise. Brian...
  • Commented on SimNet network testing, & more NSE goodies
    Hi Ben, This from On board MV Dana Louise as we approach Biddeford Pool heading east. I will echo your comments about simnet cable cost and availability but all working fine for now. The br24 does demand some new radar...
  • Commented on Fusion rocks the docks, and the boat?
    David Pareles at Fusion Elec USA told me today that the fix for the RA200 USB file reading problem is in the works. It will be downloadable for firmware update via usb. Meantime you can bypass the problem by assuring...
  • Commented on Fusion rocks the docks, and the boat?
    I just completed installing the Fusion RA200 on my flybridge and I am very impressed with the audio quality and control for my iPhone music when inserted in the optional dock. I am not pleased at all however that the...
  • Commented on iPad
    I am writing this from my flybridge and I must advise that despite my hopes the iPad is just not a bright enough screen to be used for nav from an open bridge. It has a great gps and the...
  • Commented on Verizon Droid Incredible, indeed it is
    Free wifi in Camden Harbor / Sherman Cove? A little off topic maybe but I am considering another device to better pick up wifi and am wondering if there is still any free wifi there that I could reliably receive...
  • Commented on 3G Cellular Coverage
    Maybe wifi the way to go? Thanks Jeffrey. I have the ATT microcell installed in my home now and it solves the dropped call problem there but I see it will not help me onboard. Anyone have suggestions on the...
  • Commented on Fusion rocks the docks, and the boat?
    Glad to know about Sonichub. I see that it will be September availability so I will go ahead with my Fusion installation. Here is a news release I uncovered. Brian Change and consolidation for Navico: CEO Leif Ottosson explains���� Sat,...
  • Posted 3G Cellular Coverage to Panbo Forum
    This topic is here as increasingly coastal cruisers are becoming dependent on data available from cell sources. For myself I use cell signals regularly for tracking the weather radar from NWS and for calling ahead for port information like dockage....
  • Commented on The damn iPad: iNavX, X-Traverse, Navimatics & AC
    Ben, Does NOAA somewhere list the locations they have yet to cover with ENC? The MotionX chart downloads are quite slow so it does require some careful planning ahead if you will be cruising out of cell phone range. This...
  • Commented on The damn iPad: iNavX, X-Traverse, Navimatics & AC
    MotionX HD moved to the top of the paid iPad apps list in the first week and I am not surprised given the programming and NOAA enc chart quality. You will be impressed also. Brian...
  • Commented on The damn iPad: iNavX, X-Traverse, Navimatics & AC
    And just in case you thought these choices were going to become easier - enter - stage left - Motionx GPS HD for the iPad. It includes the NOAA ECN charts. For 3 bucks it is terrific. Spend some time...
  • Commented on NMEA 2000 install problem
    Thanks Ben. Will do. I hope to meet you in Camden this summer and you will come aboard to see my nav setup. My son Kevin is a pediatrician there. Brian...
  • Commented on NMEA 2000 install problem
    Will an N2K pro will validate my new N2K / Simnet setup as described below before I apply power. Thanks, Brian I have routed all the various cables to my lower helm and brought them together at a 7 port...
  • Commented on Xantrex inverter chargers
    The Xantrex Prosine charger/inverters were certainly not their best engineering effort. I have replaced mine with the new SW3000 and it is a vastly superior device. Be sure to order the optional SCP system control panel as without it you...
  • Commented on iPad
    I agree the iPad 3g gps is very robust locking on. I walked the the Port Jefferson ferry below the steel deck and never lost lock. The power consumption of the gps does need to be tested as I felt...
  • Commented on Steve Jobs, listen up!
    iPad 3g gps test underway aboard Port Jeff ferry. Looks mighty good. Fast and robust. Motionx, shipfinder, navionics, and google maps fast and accurate. Also nice you can turn cell data on and off to save MBs. 15 bucks/mo. May...
  • Commented on Steve Jobs, listen up!
    iPad 3g gps test underway aboard Port Jeff ferry. Looks mighty good. Fast and robust. Motionx, shipfinder, navionics, and google maps fast and accurate. Also nice you can turn cell data on and off to save MBs. 15 bucks/mo. May...
  • Commented on iPad
    With a week of ipad usage we continue to be impressed with the base wifi ipad. The insight case/stand is preferable to the other cases and usage with the apple BT keyboard for volume keying is excellent. As for the...
  • Commented on Radar comparisons
    The Navico br24 radar matches your needs nicely. You can use an nse8 mfd dvi out to a 2nd display and expect later to have support for a pc nav program (next season). Brian...
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