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  • Commented on Gizmo's awning AC and Muvman sit-stand stool
    Is there a rendezvous this year ?...
  • Commented on A new wind instrument for an old sailboat?
    IMHO using existing wiring for NMEA-2000 is out of the question. The Airmar WeatherStation does have an optional NMEA-0183 output that could re-use your existing mast wiring....
  • Commented on NMEA 2000 Certification, in the Panbo crossfire
    Better choice of words/terminology ... What would be the cost to an unlicensed manufacturer of 0183, to become compliant? xx number of years of membership costs?...
  • Commented on NMEA 2000 Certification, in the Panbo crossfire
    What would be the cost to an unlicensed user of 0183? xx number of years of membership costs?...
  • Commented on Did Briartek "invent" two-way distress beacons?
    Amen...
  • Commented on Group MMSIs: Any use at all?
    I believe there are more serious issues than this, such as the DSC feature being turned off by default from ICOM. When I was last in Maine Ben attempted to make a DSC call to my ICOM radio. Even thought...
  • Commented on Inexpensive LED navigation lights, Aqua Signal & especially Marinebeam
    Go Brighter And Save Power Another benefit of LED's, if you choose to use LED replacement bulbs with higher light outputs than the original incandescent bulbs, is to obtain a much brighter lighting solution inside the boats and power savings....
  • Commented on Garmin's GCV 10 DownV├╝/SideV├╝, a serious new weapon in the sonar war
    Well done Bill. Thanks for sharing!...
  • Commented on The state of marine Ethernet connectors, and hello to RayNet
    Are ethernet cables also susceptible to vibration in some way Ben? About once a month I need to get to the ethernet Raymarine SeaTalkhs switch, push the cables in and out, to clear the problem. Replacing the cables or using...
  • Commented on Windlass Battery's
    What is the source/context of this question / statement around "not be ok for windlass/starter bank" ?...
  • Commented on Smartgauge battery monitor, RC proclaims "paradigm shift"!
    Ben, How much power is consumed by this product while monitoring? Is this product left on 24 hrs a day as many products are, or since it does not measure current, can it be entirely turned off when not in...
  • Commented on Windlass Battery's
    Don't parallel them. Unless the batteries are identical model and close in age, one of the batteries will damage the other. Ideally, when doing something like this, the batteries are not only identical, but when they are connected together at...
  • Commented on Afterguard heads-up display, the Recon Jet goes sailboat racing
    Wow that's absolutely smoking. How about a less expensive version that simply provides heading, wind speed, and speed through water? Just the basics for a helmsmen who needs to keep their eyes glued to the head sail telltales?...
  • Commented on Vesper XB-8000 test, much more than a Class B AIS transponder
    Saffy, that makes a lot of sense, however I would take it one step further. It would be better if there was no substantial length of coax cable. It would be better if the transceiver was mounted outside with the...
  • Commented on Sailing with an Airmar PB200 - Part II
    I have a surprise for anyone interested in where the wind sensor is located on an AC72 (Ben posted above that it is not on the masthead). Look for it in this picture. http://www.kingmanphotography.com/#!/index/G0000QIEVFKrG9Uc/21...
  • Commented on PB200 question for Dan Corcoran
    Peter, I would add to what Ben wrote, that if you have a sailboat, save yourself the cost and effort of using a gateway to program the PB200/WS200, and instead purchase one of the $200 NMEA-2000 compatible GPS & Solid...
  • Commented on Sailing with an Airmar PB200 - Part II
    This is interesting, an article where the author estimates the very narrow range of apparent wind angles an AC72 experiences while racing is between 16 and 19 degrees apparent. http://www.nauticed.org/sailing-blog/americas-cup-apparent-wind/ One can imagine that the apparent wind change is just...
  • Commented on Sailing with an Airmar PB200 - Part II
    Henning, I would add to what Ben wrote, that I have direct experience with the situation you described (copied below). Now the crew can use the autopilot safely. To elaborate ... on a cup & vane sensor, combined with an...
  • Commented on Sailing with an Airmar PB200 - Part II
    And the Final Answer on the PB200 ... ... follows after I first thank Irene Robb of Airmar for evaluating video and graciously fielding questions from Grandsoleil and I, and as well, thanks to Grandsoleil for his insightful sensor engineering...
  • Commented on Sailing with an Airmar PB200 - Part II
    Henning & Sybaris, Thank you for writing here about your experiences with the PB200, as well as in earlier comments. Your correction of Grandsoleil is spot on. In fact I agree with Henning word for word. Sybaris does exactly as...
  • Commented on Sailing with an Airmar PB200 - Part II
    There is a WX entry for Panbo that will be ready shortly, but I couldn't help commenting now. The 100WX version of the product is for stationary installations (stated in the brochure), and is absent accelerometers. Without them, you loose...
  • Commented on Icom M506, five models of goodness
    The eye candy I see are the separate knobs for channel, volume, and squelch. Yes !...
  • Commented on BoatLogger, well worth serious beta testing
    Then I am in for a real treat....
  • Commented on BoatLogger, well worth serious beta testing
    (iv) The task lists I keep for recurring spring time launch preparation, Winter Storage Preparation, that I tick off as I make progress. (v) My trip log has spaces for: - Crew - Destination details (location, who I booked reservations...
  • Commented on BoatLogger, well worth serious beta testing
    Some feedback positive (i)It feels like what they are doing is unique.(ii)I like how content can be drawn in from other providers like facebook, twitter, and google blog. Some negative feedback: (iii) No ability to edit after creating entries in...
  • Commented on Happy Holidays & Bonne Navigation, a 2013 card collection
    Happy Holidays to Everyone, especially the many readers that comment on each entry and forum, adding their experience, color and/or commentary to Ben's extraordinary marine electronics blog and hub....
  • Commented on B&G H5000 tempts my racing heart
    After adding a solid state compass and carefully calibrating speed, the Raymarine provided a very good set & drift while motoring, but not under sail. As there is no option to enter corrections for leeway at various apparent wind angles...
  • Commented on B&G H5000 tempts my racing heart
    I am surprised to read the B&W display only uses a little less power. Sure about that? As I re-read your entry, I am salivating over all those features. Many of those features, case in point the correction of boat...
  • Commented on B&G H5000 tempts my racing heart
    Yes, it would be interesting to compare Hercules to the PB200 (on my Breeze Pleeze). Great entry Kees...
  • Commented on SeaNav app, now with AR, GoFree, and Pebble!
    Perhaps it won't be long before we can view our boat data on google glasses....
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