Ben

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  • Commented on Sabre 66: excellence in digital switching and control
    Well, Gregory, my first real seagoing experience was in the early 70's, delivering brand new sailboats to the first Caribbean bareboat charter fleets. There were far fewer systems, but they failed far more frequently. (One particular model often suffered structural...
  • Posted News+: Victron Venus, CruzPro SOG2, DY WindSense, Vaavud Ultrasonic, & Panbo "News+" to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Victron's new Venus GX is a dauntingly complicated looking blue box, but it could beautifully simplify and improve the monitoring and control of a boat's electrical power system. Essentially, Venus is a Color Control GX without the screen, which makes it less expensive, and it also has extra goodies like 3 tank level and 2 temperature inputs, built-in WiFi, and yet more I/O that hasn't been enabled yet. The Color Control has evolved (and been used) a lot since I wrote about it in 2014, and Venus can do more...

  • Posted Panbo News+ design discussion please to Panbo Forum
    So I've realized that almost every day interesting marine electronics news comes across my screens and I'm not sharing them at all well. Sure, sometimes I Tweet an interesting item, or put it on Facebook, or cook up a single...
  • Commented on Sabre 66: excellence in digital switching and control
    Of course most marine engines have already gone a similar route, so the traditional mechanic needs to be more and more of a specialized technician aided by fast modern parts distribution systems. But the results are appealing in terms of...
  • Commented on Sabre 66: excellence in digital switching and control
    Dan, all seven are on the Modes screen I posted above, and also hires here: http://www.panbo.com/assets_c/2017/04/Sabre_66_hull_3_Czone_iPad_mode_screen_cPanbo-15106.html...
  • Commented on Sabre 66: excellence in digital switching and control
    That is a concern, Norton Rider. There was a scare about E-Plex in 2010 that led some distributors and owners to stockpile spare modules... http://www.panbo.com/archives/2010/04/distributed_power_over_n2k_and_goodbye_e-plex.html ...but then again E-Plex survived: http://e-plex.co/ Frankly, I'd be more concerned about a completely custom...
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    The Sea Tags MOB system is now available in North America from Fugawi: https://www.fugawi.com/store/product/ST-ST1?taxon_id=91 The Fell MOB+ too....
  • Commented on Sabre 66: excellence in digital switching and control
    What the hell are you talking about, TCY? Are you offended because I ended the story with a great looking lobster boat that happens to have Simrad gear on it? Well, I'm quite offended that you think advertising or sponsorship...
  • Commented on Sabre 66: excellence in digital switching and control
    Incidentally, the dual radars on this Sabre 66 Fly Bridge are Garmin 4- and 6-foot solid state Fantoms, about which David Jirikovic says, "I REALLY like how they paint -- super clear." Meanwhile, I don't know the owner of the...
  • Commented on Sabre 66: excellence in digital switching and control
    Don, I don't know where I read this wry line, and I may be misquoting its author, but it still makes me wince: "Cruising is what you get to do when you're not repairing pumps."...
  • Posted Sabre 66: excellence in digital switching and control to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Frankly, there's no plan behind the Panbo trend of more detailed entries posted less often, but sometimes it does seem like a feature rather than a bug. For instance, Sabre gave me a long and impressive systems tour of their first Dirigo 66 while she beautifully occupied this slip at Yachts Miami Beach 2016, and while I didn't intend to delay the write-up this long, last week I got aboard just-launched hull #3 the day before heading from Maine to Florida at about 25 knots. So I have additional detail on how well the original system design has worked out - also impressive...

  • Commented on Victron and FireFly Oasis
    Hi Rick, I've had a 4x Firefly bank nearly a year, very happy with it. Don't see any issue with oversize cable, but do think about balanced cable lengths: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2016/05/gizmos_new_firefly_battery_bank_working_out_the_details.html...
  • Commented on If you want to sail away, free FastSeas weather routing can help
    Looks like an thorough implementation, Jeremy, and I hope to try it on new InReach+ I'm testing. It's an interesting coincidence that I just heard from my friend Charlie Doane (WaveTrain.com) because he's picking up his new boat in France,...
  • Commented on MV Dirona: deep cruising, deeply shared
    It's neat that the Hamiltons have posted their transatlantic route thinking, and direct to Cork in early May with fuel for 2,950 miles is plan A: http://mvdirona.com/2017/04/route-planning/ Meanwhile I've been working on a systems profile of a similar size and...
  • Commented on ScanStrut Rokk Mini, premium marine mount system
    ScanStrut is just out with a nifty online "Buyer's Guide" that quickly sorts out which Rokk mounts fit which devices. Also works for radomes, MFDs, etc.: http://scanstrut.com/...
  • Commented on SIMRAD RI10 Issues
    Salty, I think you've done some good trouble shooting so far, but have you thoroughly rebooted the system? Also isn't there a screen on the MFD showing SimNet status, maybe devices seen? And are there SimNet devices you could remove...
  • Commented on MV Dirona: deep cruising, deeply shared
    Good to hear, Hartley. The shaft zinc as safety and movement monitor is a great idea that should get around. Actually I'm a bit surprised that PSS doesn't recommend it in their manual and/or on their site. But PSS did...
  • Posted NMEA 2000 fees, James Hamilton suggestions to Panbo Forum
    I just published a profile of Jennifer and James Hamilton and their Nordhavn 52 M/V Dirona... http://www.panbo.com/archives/2017/04/mv_dirona_deep_cruising_deeply_shared.html ...and during our email discussions, James -- who has a lot of experience with N2K and tech standards licensing in general -- made...
  • Posted MV Dirona: deep cruising, deeply shared to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    MV_Dirona_with_Jen_and_James_cPanbo.jpgIf there were a lifetime award for cruising excellence, I think that Jennifer and James Hamilton would deserve at least a nomination. I mean excellence at the core practical cruising skills -- seamanship and boat care -- plus inspirational levels of curiosity about the vast world cruising makes accessible, and perhaps at the top of my imagined award criteria: distinction at sharing all of the above with the rest of us. Visiting M/V Dirona in Belfast, Maine, last October was a treat, but you too can ride along as this Nordhavn heads to Ireland and beyond...

  • Commented on WiFi MFD's, Navico GoFree promises more than met
    I don't think so, Robert, though Ray's WiFi has gotten pretty sophisticated: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2016/09/testing_raymarine_quantum_q24_radar_solid_on_many_levels.html But I suggest that you ask on the Raymarine support forum: http://forum.raymarine.com/...
  • Commented on OCKAM, B&G, and 0183-2000
    Sorry, Utah is a J/111: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2014/02/navico_writers_event_2014_bg_simrad_lowrance_product_highlights.html...
  • Commented on OCKAM, B&G, and 0183-2000
    Hi Dan, I can't help with your specific question other than to advise you not to assume anything ;-) And I'm also not a real racer. But twice now I have sailed on a J/109 named Utah at Navico's Hawks...
  • Commented on Bennett NMEA 2000 Trim Tab indicator, cheaper & better!
    Anyone know the story on Bennet N2K trim tab indicator? A reader just quoted Simrad support as saying, "“We’ve never had any luck getting Bennet’s product to work on any of our displays.” Yet a Forum conversation about how the...
  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    Fog, yes, but sorry, Garrett, haven't had the NXT out in serious rain yet. Hopefully, I can do that fairly soon, and also see the new Garmin Fantom 24 in rain. Winter lingers in Maine (while I'm in St. Lucia...
  • Commented on SkyMate Mazu/mSeries all-in-one Iridium sat comms & Si-Tex NavStar Android MFD
    Thanks, Richard, but a thorough comparison chart will be hard to put together with one system fixed to the boat and the other portable. I can't think of a system directly comparable to Mazu, especially with the Sentry option. In...
  • Commented on AIS Splitter
    You received good advice. A NMEA 2000 drop is not necessarily a single cable and single device. Multiports designed to be dropped off the backbone with several devices dropped off them are fairly common, for instance. The key is understanding...
  • Posted SkyMate Mazu/mSeries all-in-one Iridium sat comms & Si-Tex NavStar Android MFD to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    SkyMate_Mazu_and_mSeries_intro_MIBS2017_cPanbo.jpgIt was good to see SkyMate return to the Miami Boat Show after years focused on commercial fishing, and the company clearly has not lost its touch at squeezing lots of easy utility out of skinny-band satellite communications. Its new Mazu/mSeries marine system promises surprisingly full-featured weather and email using Iridium's least expensive service, plus texting, SOS, navigation and (optional) off-boat monitoring. And, just around the corner in the Si-Tex booth, I saw a very interesting Android-based touchscreen NavStar MFD nicely interfacing with SkyMate's existing communications system...

  • Commented on Yacht Devices NMEA 2000 temp & barometer sensors, some good ideas but...
    "...it gets excited near a cup of hot coffee, and even reacts to a glass that recently contained a cold drink. In addition to humidity and air temperature measurement, it calculates dew point temperature, so fog will never surprise you."...
  • Commented on Remote Boat Monitoring: here comes Navico GoFree Vessel/Track and Siren Marine MTC
    Mystery, there are household security systems, even baby cams, that can be useful if your boat has a reliable WiFi connection. In fact, I have a FLIR FX camera installed on Gizmo right now and it let me know when...
  • Commented on Lowrance Elite 5/7 cheap CHIRP, the sonar wars rage on
    Wow, Lowrance is not messing around with this video comparison of its DownScan imaging versus the ClearVu Garmin offers now that it has had to modify its transducers due to the ongoing patent issue: https://youtu.be/klwhx0SndJQ...
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