Dan Corcoran (b393capt)

Dan Corcoran (b393capt)

  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    Exactly....
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    Kees, I am confused. Leeway isn't set & drift. Does Airmar populate PGN 129291? Do they populate it as leeway or do they calculate drift and stick it in 129291? Leeway has been so incalculable that I didn't even include...
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    Kees, what should MFD and PC based vendors keep in mind when they choose to incorporate leeway into their calculation of truth about the environment around out boats? For the first time they will know if our sails are up...
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    I have to write again, I am a big fan of measuring leeway, but I am also just blown away that a thru hull sensor gets bluetooth connectivity to smartphones. All marine electronics vendors should evaluate follow Airmar's leadership here....
  • Commented on METS 2016: Navico, Fusion, Airmar and Signal K
    Way to go Airmar, great feature set! Kees, sounds like we can get leeway on a smartphone using Bluetooth while the sensor is connected to our boats sans leeway reporting capable MFDs? Is leeway and or the full nmea2000 sentences...
  • Commented on WilhelmSK app shows what Signal K, good boat WiFi, and smart DIY coding can do
    Kees, I would be eager to hear more about the new airmar STW sensor with leeway of course, but would you keep your ear open and learn if the technology providers and volunteers are keen to bring it to us?...
  • Commented on Picking an MFD & Radar
    Ben could answer the integration question. I love my Raymarine gear, hybrid user interface, lighthouse user interface and all except for AP integration. I would steer you to check out B&G for their better sailing specific features before making a...
  • Commented on Airmar CS4500 Part I (Reliable Boat Speed)
    My experience with noisy was more in the +/-0.2 knot range most of the time and sometimes more, where the value would jump around a bit so you couldn't tell right away if your accelerating or decelerating in response to...
  • Commented on The Jose Fernandez boating tragedy, some safety thoughts
    Blood Alcohol level of .147 plus Cocaine found in his blood. So unfortunate. http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/29/us/miami-jose-fernandez-toxicology/index.html...
  • Commented on Airmar CS4500 Part I (Reliable Boat Speed)
    A speed sensor that reads velocity in two axis so as to report leeway, the almost unknowable component of navigating a sailboat, ... that's a really big deal. I believe it was announced that this was being tested on several...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    I am optimistic the combined unit is going to offer a far more reliable red rescue 21 emergrncy button function during the life of a boat than the individual parts integrated together. To know that if you fall in the...
  • Commented on iKommunicate from Digital Yacht, Signal K gets kickstarted
    Have all of these shipped? I was backer #48, have not received....
  • Commented on The Jose Fernandez boating tragedy, some safety thoughts
    What is unsolved, are guests using flashlights or their smartphones smartly so that light does not impair pilot vision. It would be good if smartphones could receive some kind of Bluetooth signal to dim heavily, that movie theaters, cars, and...
  • Commented on Heading Sensor, 3 axis vs. 2 axis rate gyro?
    PB200 heading sensor is motion corrected and gives great results compared to a flux gate. See this article from Ben http://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/safety/airmar-pb200-weatherstation However, it is for powerboats only. On top of a sailboat mast there are limits to how well it...
  • Commented on NOAA introduces Zones of Confidence; mind your ZOC
    Two thoughts. The bay is little more than 1 mile deep from the entrance. Isn't declaring the accuracy +/- 1600 ft, far far to cautious? With a clear nearby coastline you would think the surveyor knows were they are to...
  • Commented on Good instrument news: Garmin gWind Wireless 2 and Raymarine i70s
    1200 nits, Wow !...
  • Commented on The Passive Radar Reflector Solution for Sailboats
    None have AIS receivers. On the bright side, several now have their VHF radio configured with registered MMSI numbers and NMEA0183 integration with their GPS....
  • Commented on The Passive Radar Reflector Solution for Sailboats
    Once the fog partially lifted, the other 3 sailboats showed up clear on radar. Wonder what that was all about! I thought it took heavy rain and/or waves to diminish radar that much....
  • Commented on The Passive Radar Reflector Solution for Sailboats
    You have a very good point that few recreational craft have or use radar, and larger boats are equipped with AIS receivers. Having my own radar is far more valuable than the reflector when around other smaller craft, and AIS...
  • Commented on The Passive Radar Reflector Solution for Sailboats
    Crossing Long Island Sound in the fog and rain Memorial Day morning, was another opportunity to use this reflector. It takes about 2 minutes to rig it, even though I had not done so yet this season. Even thought the...
  • Commented on Airmar PB200
    PB200 is a great product for sailboats. I have a revised installation tip. If you are installing a PB200 now and have not purchased the wiring cable, see if you can choose the wiring cable compatible with the WX200 product....
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Ben what changes are you making to your charging systems to support the new Fireflys? Do you already have heavy duty alternators? Tempurature sensors? Higher capacity charger? Larger power cables to your charging systems? Are Battery switch and fuse holders...
  • Commented on Autopilot question
    I am frustrated answering your survey. It is rejecting my submission because I am not answering mandatory questions, for example I can't answer about fuel efficiency, ease of cleaning, phone service, and other aspects I have not experienced. There is...
  • Commented on Wet cell battery temperature
    Sometimes the best insurance for some of these unusual problems, is the insurance you purchase from your broker....
  • Commented on Smartgauge battery monitor, RC proclaims "paradigm shift"!
    With the ability to measure draw, why not turn on the right combination of electronics to do the same thing? And if, no right combination to draw /20, then add a lightbulb or heater running on the inverter to the...
  • Commented on Smartgauge battery monitor, RC proclaims "paradigm shift"!
    Some thoughts about comparisons: In addition to knowing the SOC and the cost difference between the two, it would also be interesting to know what the power draw of these devices are. Especially for those instances our boats are drawing...
  • Commented on Garmin demos: GPSMAP 8600, ForwardVu, Fantom, Virb XE, Quatix3 & more
    April Fools no more, nearly all the key features of the PopGuard MFD from a 2011 April fools Panbo entry, such as a touch screen MFD that can work with software already installed in devices you already own, without having...
  • Commented on Iris NightPilot, Humminbird SmartStrike, Vesper AIS update, and Icom 7300 HF Radio
    Has RF direct sampling system made it into our normal boat radios? If no, is it expected too shortly or is it not applicable?...
  • Commented on Solar panels/ batteries
    The firefly needs an upgraded alternator/regulator also. There is a lot to be said for the golf cart batteries in that your electrical system stays simple....
  • Commented on Gizmo's house battery replacement: consulting with Cole, Collins, Calder, Schwab & you
    Firefly question. It isn't clear to me reading the literature, do you need to upgrade your power system to use this battery, and if so why. (1) Is the battery subject to damage from a standard alternator, or (2) Is...
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