Ben

Ben

  • Commented on The Raymarine SeaTalkSeaTalkng Converter
    Hi Pete, I saw good results with the ST-STng converter: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2010/11/raymarine_st-stng_converter_hands_on_1_gps.html There is a list of standard PGNs translated at the end of the E22158 manual, and Chapter 4 goes over the different ways to power the ST and...
  • Commented on EFOY fuel cell, a winner?
    The EFOY fuel cell just got Gemeco's excellent U.S. wholesale distribution, which means that your favorite electronics installer can get you the technology and will be well supported: https://plus.ibinews.com/article/TBH6iTdpg/2017/02/17/new_efoy_comfort_distributor_for_us/ This may also mean that I'll get to test an EFOY....
  • Commented on Furuno NXT & Garmin Fantom, Doppler marine radar is here!
    Another Miami, another radar with Doppler automatic moving target highlighting. The Simrad Halo will get VelocityTrack as an unlock option in June: http://www.marinelink.com/news/compression-unlockable422203...
  • Commented on BAM! Raymarine Axiom MFDs, LightHouse 3, RealVision 3D sonar & FLIR M100/200 ClearCruise
    Axiom and LightHouse 3 looked great in table demo, and the Flir M200 Series definitely does cue and slew, and also has the imagery enhancements FLIR has developed over the year. My enthusiasm has not waned but it's always good...
  • Posted BAM! Raymarine Axiom MFDs, LightHouse 3, RealVision 3D sonar & FLIR M100/200 ClearCruise to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    Raymarine and FLIR are coming to the Miami Boat Show loaded for bear. Those three new 7-, 9- and 12-inch Axiom multifunction displays are showing new LightHouse 3 operating software and new RealVision 3D sonar. Moreover, you'll learn below about how new M100 and M200 thermal cameras can give the Axioms some features normally seen on superyachts. BAM! The theme that seems evident throughout is modern interface and hardware design with value pricing and a potent dash of innovation spice...

  • Commented on McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB, first of many, PLBs too?
    Cool. Charles will talk at the Miami Boat Show about his EPIRB rescue as a new member of ACR's Survivor's Club, Thursday 4pm, Tent C, Booth #384. I will be there....
  • Commented on Nautic Alert, excellence in monitoring and control
    Thanks, Nonsuch. I'm a fan of Boat Command too, and the one thing Nick got confused about in his first comment is its cellular success for me. The original Boat Command using Verizon 3G (I think) worked fine here in...
  • Commented on Smartgauge battery monitor, RC proclaims "paradigm shift"!
    Hi John, This Blue Sea direct-to-battery-terminal blade fuse block meets two standards for ignition protection: https://www.bluesea.com/products/5024/ST_Blade_Battery_Terminal_Mount_Fuse_Block_Kit...
  • Commented on Nautic Alert, excellence in monitoring and control
    Thank you Steve and Nick! I tend not to focus on price because there's so much subjectivity involved. But one trend I've been noticing in consumer electronics, and marine, is competition in the value price range and then another distinct...
  • Posted Nautic Alert, excellence in monitoring and control to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    While my boat thankfully doesn't need six bilge pumps like the system above, four months of serious testing has left me deeply impressed with the Nautic Alert bilge, battery and GPS precision sensor platform. Yes, it also manages one pump or many -- probably better than any us ever will -- and it clearly informs a skipper of problems whether you're on board or off. Finally, Nautic Alert regularly assures me that all is well, and it's ripe for expansion. I think I'm in love...

  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Thank you Rodd (Compass Marine); I will switch my Smartgauge to setting #3 today. Norse, yesterday I did manage to bring home my Balmar 614 manual, which I annotated with Rodd's Firefly recommendations (for my use case) last summer. But...
  • Commented on Journey: A boat with the right attitude!
    The ZipWake dynamic trim-control system just got Imtra distribution in North America. I don't know much about these automatic interceptors for fast boats 20-60 feet, but simply being represented by Imtra is a good sign: http://www.imtra.com/zipwake.htm...
  • Commented on Testing the Garmin Fantom 24 in a new world of solid-state radar
    Maybe NickH means the non ionizing hazard of radars, discussed here: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2009/07/navico_broadband_radar_truly_safer.html http://www.panbo.com/Pulse_Radar_Safety_courtesy_Navico.pdf It seems that the danger of small magnetron radars is debatable, but the greater safety of solid state radars is not. Navico's 3G/4G solid state technology is...
  • Commented on Vesper XB-8000 test, much more than a Class B AIS transponder
    I updated the Vesper XB8000 to "SmartAIS" and it's very impressive. Now I have all the target alarming genius Vesper has long offered on its displays on my iPad and Android phone, plus much a improved anchor drag feature. And...
  • Commented on FLIR Ocean Scout TK, a $599 handheld true thermal marine camera!
    PS (somewhat unrelated): I have had a lot of experience with the FLIR FX security/car/action camera, both the regular inside version and with the outdoor casing. It's a wee geeky to get set up but very capable and the Rapid...
  • Commented on FLIR Ocean Scout TK, a $599 handheld true thermal marine camera!
    Hi Laurent, I think that a key specification to look at and compare across the FLIR handheld thermal line is "Range Performance (Detect Man)." You'll see that it's directly proportional to resolution and varies from 100 yards for the TK...
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Hi Chuck, Last July I wrote a bit about how a SmartGauge is not working well with my Firefly bank... http://www.panbo.com/archives/2016/07/summer_fun_camden_panbots_gizmo.html ...and the situation is about the same though I did try a different battery profile in the SmartGauge. The...
  • Commented on Vesper XB-8000 test, much more than a Class B AIS transponder
    Vesper rocks. The "smartAIS" firmware update means that all XB8000 transponders can now offer the same super smart target alarming that the Vision and other Vesper displays have long had. Plus both the Vision and XB8000 get improved anchor watch...
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    "Everyone Makes Mistakes Sometimes" would look good embroidered, framed, and velcroed to a bulkhead alongside the "Boat Sweet Boat" homily. And if you make enough mistakes, or know someone who qualifies, you should head right over to Despair,Inc. for this...
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    They're obviously about to be discontinued, but Defender has very attractive deals on remanufactured Zeus2 displays: http://www.defender.com/activecaptain.jsp...
  • Commented on Testing the Garmin Fantom 24 in a new world of solid-state radar
    The Fantom 24 seems to be the exact same size -- and weight, surprisingly -- as the xHD 24 I returned to Garmin. In fact, it seemed like the same casing. Now I notice that they're bigger than the HD...
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    PS It's quite possible that the author of that story never saw the illustration until it was published. Regardless, it seems rough to accuse her of making it up. It is remarkable that she, or anyone, got back to the...
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    Norse, I presume you mean the illustration from the Sail article written by the first mate on the stern of the catamaran? http://www.sailmagazine.com/cruising/opinion/man-overboard-in-the-middle-of-the-atlantic-ocean/ I agree that it's technically unrealistic but maybe the illustrator Steve Sanford better expressed the desperation of...
  • Commented on Racing Visions of Johanna, two handed
    Very cool how much Bill has realized his visions of VOJ. Gram may have gotten "stuck" in NZ doing grown up things (congratulations in order) but VOJ came back here and then kept on going, and Bill was about to...
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    I can see an absent minded person sticking a CrewWatcher beacon in their backpack, attache case, or purse, just in case. Of course the app will also alarm if the item itself "walks" away. But everyone should realize that in...
  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    PS It occurred to me that the only contact I had with Sondors during the buying process (or since) was a robo email "notification of purchase." So today I replied to that email, changing the subject line somewhat, to make...
  • Commented on Simrad 4G radar offshore performances issues?
    As I've mentioned from time to time in test reports, I think that all the solid-state radomes are more sensitive than magnetron radars to onboard obstructions. And maybe the FMCW type is more sensitive, though 4G is better that way...
  • Commented on Testing the Garmin Fantom 24 in a new world of solid-state radar
    Excellent question, Richard, and I think I know some of the answer. First of all, I don't think that Doppler has anything to do with what's generally called beam sharpening. In fact, one of the odder things I've seen with...
  • Commented on Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
    So Sondors itself has designed a 20-inch folding ebike and it looks both gorgeous and beastly: https://sondors.com/pages/sondors-fold And note that more power and a 7 speed gear set are options. However, they will only be available to current Sondors owners...
  • Commented on Calypso Cups Bluetooth LE wind sensor, TDWLB pressure too
    Cool: Calypso has teamed with Vaavud to build a tiny ultrasonic wind and heading sensor for boats: https://vaavud.com/ultrasonic...
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