Ben

Ben

  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    But, Butch, protecting your head from falling objects and such is a far different engineering problem from trying to decelerate the deceleration of your brain, also called "crash energy management": http://www.bhsi.org/ideal.htm...
  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    Mike, I imagine you're right about the state of robber technology, but that cuts both ways. GPS/cell trackers with geo fencing you can set with your phone are getting surprisingly small and there are a surprising number of places to...
  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    A serious biking friend tells me that folding bikes with small wheels ride fine if designed right, and suggested checking out Bike Friday: https://www.bikefriday.com/folding-bikes/ I see what's he talking about and Bike Friday's excellent online "Build this Bike" system is...
  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    Well said, Norse, and let me add that wearing something like the famous longbill Panbo cap around a boat does not help with the noggin bumpin. If I'm headed up the 3 steps from "below" to Gizmo's main cabin in...
  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    Pete, I suspect we're fellow pigs in a poke. I've yet to come across an ebike sales site with photos of old, tired, fat guys enjoying the products, but sometimes those smart young'n aren't so smart. But one manufacturer that...
  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    Thanks, Andrzej. I might not have put it in those terms before but I definitely like the idea of decelerating the deceleration. Where I live, helmets have become a political/cultural issue, at least for certain very vocal motorcyclists. So far...
  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    Topography can be another burden (and joy), Leo. I just checked and my little town has more range (0 to 1,385 feet) than all of Holland (-23 to 1,059 feet ;-). Moreover, we have no bike lanes anywhere and many...
  • Commented on NMEA 2000 Advice
    Gees, Dan, you're scaring me. Your presumption demonstrates gross ignorance about what NMEA 2000 was designed to do and how its working on boats all around you. Moreover, how to power that 547 is pretty clearly explained in Garmin's short...
  • Commented on NMEA 2000 Advice
    Right, but that's an 0183 AND power cable, very common on displays like this. That's why you see an inline fuse on the red wire (unless removed by previous owner). Like I tried to say, attach red wire to 12v...
  • Commented on NMEA 2000 Advice
    Dan, only very low power draw devices can be powered off an NMEA 2000 network. You should have gotten a power/data cable with the 547 and you need to hook it up. Page three of the install guide the red...
  • Commented on DeLorme inReach gets weather & goes to Cuba
    I've long been meaning to write about all the rescues that have involved inReach two way communications, like this one: https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/outdoor/inreach-fletcher-family-saved-north-atlantic-ocean/ And this one: https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/marine/saving-novelists-life-turbulent-seas/...
  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    Thanks, Berend, but I'm curious about where you live? Where I am in the U.S. and where I've traveled here, it is normal for most all cyclists to wear helmets. In fact, though I didn't realize it at the time,...
  • Commented on AIS Splitter
    Thanks for posting, Matt, but I've never heard the term "splitter" used with an AIS RX VHF. Consider this somewhat roundabout way to understand the situation. Every VHF now sold has two independent receivers using the same antenna. That's why...
  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    Panbo posters are awesome. First I got excited about the benefits of mid drive motors, but then I got to thinking they might not make sense on a folding design. And now I know that Lunacycle has both a 26-inch...
  • Commented on Furuno DRS4W 1st Watch WiFi Radar: Niche or breakthrough product?
    Fernando, I wish great luck, fair winds, and following seas....
  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    Wow, Terrapin, what a fleet. I love picturing a Nordhavn 40 at an exotic dock with two RadMinis alongside. Practical, fun, and mega beastly! You might be interested in my thoughts about a protective carry bag. I envision cutting a...
  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    Thanks so much, Mark. All valuable info. I hadn't really noticed mid-drives and am now beginning to see why they could be so good. Also neat to see that several major companies are in the game: http://electricbikereport.com/mid-drive/...
  • Posted Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Folding bikes seem great for cruising boats. You can extend your sightseeing, fetch supplies, or simply get some rolling excercise. But I've wondered if a compactable electric bike could be even better and more fun. While that manly beast above is certainly unfit for stowing on even a mid-sized trawler, it's led me to love the ebike concept and taught me what a good one may look like for my cruising situation...

  • Commented on Cartography lessons learned searching for the best charts of Cuba
    Thanks, Dan! The WoodenBoat library in Brooklin has an excellent collection of The Rudder and other historic boating magazines, so I'm somewhat familiar. Better yet, Google Books has some fully scanned older issues and I absolutely lucked into this 1910...
  • Commented on Simrad 4G radar offshore performances issues?
    Sorry for your troubles, Salmon, but there are many experienced boaters who are quite pleased by the 4G. I may be a power boater these days, and I do avoid big seas as much as possible, but here are some...
  • Commented on Raymarine Quantum, solid-state CHIRP pulse compression radar in radome form!
    Thanks. I mentioned this news in a recent solid state radome overview... http://www.panbo.com/archives/2016/12/testing_the_garmin_fantom_24_in_a_new_world_of_solid-state_radar.html ...but I didn't realize that Humminbird was out with the news. I notice that so far the WiFi data interface is not supported by Humminbird but maybe...
  • Commented on Furuno DRS4W 1st Watch WiFi Radar: Niche or breakthrough product?
    Tom, it's great to hear that you and Cristina are coming to Maine; I hope to see you. I did follow up the Furuno WiFi radar when the Nobeltec TimeZero iPad app became compatible: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2014/12/nobeltec_timezero_app_2015_furuno_drs4w_wifi_radar_overlay_more.html I think that development makes...
  • Commented on AMEC Camino 701 Class A AIS, first with a nearly complete NMEA 2000 interface
    Nice catch on the Em-Trak site. It's good to see brochures online though there are lots of details yet unknown, like exactly what the WiFi can do. And the $3,999 retail price for the A200 is noteworthy! https://em-trak.com/#849 A better...
  • Commented on SOTDMA Class B AIS, the "new" middle way?
    This first SOTDMA Class B AIS is coming to market as the Em-Trak B400... https://em-trak.com/#1529 ...and also as the Si-Tex SAS 600: http://si-tex.com/item/sas-600hybridclassbais...
  • Commented on Cartography lessons learned searching for the best charts of Cuba
    Thank you, phiggins! It looks like you are author of GE2KAP... http://www.gdayii.ca/ ...and it looks quite interesting. Larry, I don't know the answer to your question but notice that the new TimeZero Professional V3 can read S57 charts directly... http://www.maxsea.com/products/software/tz_professional...
  • Commented on Boat Command: remote vessel monitoring for the app age
    Hi John, I've found automated Boat Command alerts and updates to be very reliable, but sometimes when I request an update from the phone app or my BC web page, it takes more than the warned-about 30 seconds for the...
  • Posted Cartography lessons learned searching for the best charts of Cuba to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Pardon my photography, but the point is that many detailed, up-to-date, and well-crafted official paper charts of Cuba do exist. Unfortunately, they're not easy to own and the good work of the Cuban hydrographic service is also not yet fully available in any electronic form. In fact, many "current" electronic Cuba charts are based on shockingly old data with substantial chunks of critical cruising detail missing. But visiting boaters do have at least one good current chart choice - GeoCuba is moving into the modern world, and the back story reveals chart issues every navigator should understand, with a Cuban twist...

  • Commented on If you want to sail away, free FastSeas weather routing can help
    http://www.virtual-loup-de-mer.org/Polaires/...
  • Commented on Team Soltero: StarPilot, GMN, RedPort, Bliss & so much more
    Sat Phone deal! Globalstar is giving away sat phones with certain service plans, and it looks like quite a deal. For instance, you can get the phone with 1,200 minutes of service you can use anytime next year for $780...
  • Commented on If you want to sail away, free FastSeas weather routing can help
    3/4 around the planet in 50 days solo sailing, and the great Brit hope Alex Thomson is a close second though he lost his starboard foil a long ways back! http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/skippers/60/alex-thomson http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2016/12/25/vendee-globe-christmas-cape-horn/ For some interesting armchair racing, plug the IMOCA2015...
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