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  • Commented on Chromebook
    Do you really want a chromebook while underway ?? It requires internet full time to be useful, does it not?...
  • Commented on METS 2014: Navico GoFree, Simrad IS35, Victron Bluetooth, LCJ Capteur BaroPlug & more
    Thanks for covering the show again this year! I very much enjoyed reading this. I am eager to see the DST900 come out as well. My existing ultrasonic speed sensor from 2006 has died, and had to deal with a...
  • Commented on METS 2014: AIS MOB, Class A N2K, Torqeedo app, Wave WiFi router & more
    Well done Henning! I enjoyed reading this....
  • Commented on Signal K, a true game changer?
    Interesting. Is it two directional, can you write information back also, for example configure your boat sensors? If a component manufactured allow it, does the specificatoin provide for updating the firmware in sensor, displays, and other devices ?...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon HX870, handheld VHF/GPS/DSC powerhouse
    Can this radio provide the heading and distance to another DSC radio of your choice, or tell you if the other radio is on the move, and at what speed and heading ? That would be real useful on race...
  • Commented on AIS Base Stations
    Are they actually transmitting the location of the base station, or rather locations that are ideal for a mariner to navigate by, like the location of a navigational aid or light house?...
  • Commented on Furuno DRS4W 1st Watch WiFi Radar: Niche or breakthrough product?
    "uninteresting niche product", but interesting Panbo Entry....
  • Commented on Furuno DRS4W 1st Watch WiFi Radar: Niche or breakthrough product?
    I read this with great interest, as it's time for me to replace my 8 year old Raymarine E-80, and get a new MFD. I see how some of whats needed for an iPad or similar to be an MFD...
  • Commented on close range radar
    I am not familiar with that product, but IMHO you should determine if you have perhaps confused the specification for how close you can zoom in your display (e.g. range rings of 1/8 mile each ring) with how close an...
  • Commented on ST4000 talking to a Datamarine windvane?
    NMEA and Seatalk cannot be directly plugged into each other, there are several differences. Products exist to bridge the two protocols. Is the datamarine a LX-360 ? http://www.sailingseadragon.com/Manuals/DatamarineLX-360.pdf A quick peruse, I see it has an output for a repeater,...
  • Commented on GPS vs Tablet
    Problem of seeing Tablet Screen in sunny conditions - I entirely forgot about that. As Ben knows I have been vocal about that in the past, and it should be at the top of the CON list. Sunlight view-ability isn't...
  • Commented on 10hz GPS
    Do you use the NMEA-2000 port on your Raymarine? If so the information your looking for, can be found in this PANBO entry: http://www.panbo.com/archives/2013/02/navico_new_gpsheading_sensor_vhfgps_handheld.html...
  • Commented on GPS vs Tablet
    No advice here for you one way or the other, but some additional points for you to consider as you make a decision ... GPS Pro: - caught in bad weather as a guest on another sailboat, it is much...
  • Commented on The DIY lithium battery bank; Bob Ebaugh has 330 cycles so far
    Thank you for sharing Bob!...
  • 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...
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