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  • Commented on OneNet, NMEA finally creates a marine Ethernet standard!
    While this is entertaining, it's also become a bit tedious. On the one hand, DotDun's point is valid, if not properly founded. NMEA 2000 is a standard the way (apologies to the Italian readers) Italian road signs are the law....
  • Commented on OneNet, NMEA finally creates a marine Ethernet standard!
    Ben - there is an catch phrase in marketing: "If the dogs won't eat the dog food..." It doesn't matter who's right and who's wrong or who's revisionist history is more compelling, the market is pushing back, both the manufacturers...
  • Commented on MarineTraffic.com, appreciating the nuances
    I'd like to take up Johan's point, or I think his point. Basically that while "cellular AIS" and mAIS can play a role, the nomenclature may fool some boaters into thinking they really have AIS when they do not, which...
  • Commented on OneNet, NMEA finally creates a marine Ethernet standard!
    Haven't we already had this discussion and been dubbed the "Ethernet crazies"? OK, one more time. We don't need NMEA or NMEA 2000 at all, they are not adding value. We just need the manufacturers, the same ones which choose...
  • Commented on Skyfall, a family-size super yacht?
    Ben wrote: "(and, besides, writing about gear that doesn't work very well is not what enthusiast magazines are about)" Frankly, as an enthusiast, knowing was doesn't work is just as important as knowing what does. But since it doesn't sell...
  • Commented on Waste plumbing, more important than electronics!
    I also recently had head plumbing problems on New Morning. The problem turned out to be an extraordinary buildup of mineral deposits in the hose which eventually blocked the hose entirely and led to the failure of my Jabsco 59090...
  • Commented on SPOT Connect, works fine & deserves attention
    A further thought. If I was doing this race I would probably have set a waypoint for the finish line and then have used the VMG to waypoint and other calculated data to help guide my gybe angles, etc. It's...
  • Commented on SPOT Connect, works fine & deserves attention
    Ben - I don't have the chart libarary to do a good job of the analysis. If I did, I think a good starting point would be to have the range set such that Aegean's position at 2000 PDT (the...
  • Commented on SPOT Connect, works fine & deserves attention
    If the "hit the island" theory is substantiated by further investigation, then I think there are likely two causes. The first is simply that they did not keep a good watch. South Coronado has a 10nm light which should have...
  • Commented on Hint.fm Wind Map, genius!
    Outstanding! As you suggest, it would be great to be able to download GRIBs to an MFD and then have this kind of visualization bring it life. I'd love to see this data for the oceans in addition to the...
  • Commented on "A"...must be for awesome
    She was anchored here in Sausalito for a few weeks in 2010 and drew a large collection of stares for a few days as she was framed against San Francisco in the background. The design is certainly unique, but with...
  • Commented on DHS's Small Vessel Cooperative Tracking, what's your guess?
    Believing that if you don't want to be tracked, you must have something to hide, is as absurd as believing that the first amendment means you'll have something important to say. They are your rights, whether or not you have...
  • Commented on Thinking big systems, Furuno NavNet TZ included
    I also confirmed with Furuno quite awhile ago that the MFD8 runs CE. My initial check of the measurements on the new 9-inch display is that it will fit into locations previously occupied by the MFD8. Not exactly, minor modifications...
  • Commented on SmartPlug shore power system, has its time come?
    Ben: The time lapse was nice and could be significantly enhanced by a time stamp so that we could tell if the time lapse covered two hours or twenty minutes. I've used the euro standard IEC 60309 plugs and found...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX1700, finally a fixed VHF w GPS built in
    Seems kind of a day late and dollar short. What I think we'd all like to see is an open standard for initiating DSC calls so that we can select an AIS target on any AIS display (dedicated, MFD, whatever)...
  • Commented on Hello Nobeltec TimeZero Odyssey, goodbye VNS?
    Razors and blades. This is another razor for MaxSea's blades (aka charts). Which is good for everyone who uses Time Zero charts (like me). Think of inkjet printers; they virtually give them away so you'll buy cartridges. The market is...
  • Commented on America's Cup 34, a tech overview
    Spot on. Stan Honey is one of the smartest and nicest guys in yacht racing....
  • Commented on NMEA 2011 Expo, neat new stuff #2
    In 2008 I installed a Furuno NavPilot and since Furuno didn't sell a hydraulic drive unit they recommended I purchase Accu-Steer which they told me was "very reliable". New Morning has two autopilot drive systems for redundancy (only one is...
  • Commented on Iridium Force: 9575 Extreme, AxcessPoint, & the 9523 Core
    Maurius - $.15 for a position report is certainly reasonable, unless you have to commit to a bunch of them and yet another subscription (in addition to your minutes). I use Airmail/Winlink to file my position reports (computer is already...
  • Commented on Onboard WiFi hotspot, Rogue Wave & WirieAP
    Ben I completely agree that an onboard access point is a great feature. I've been using a Syrens at Sea MPAP-5000 for 3 1/2 years now on New Morning. The unit is actually made by Teletronics and I doubt many...
  • Commented on Iridium Force: 9575 Extreme, AxcessPoint, & the 9523 Core
    We've been using Iridium on New Morning for 3 1/2 years. It's slow, expensive and pretty reliable; don't even think about accessing the web with it. An access point on a dongle is for government operatives with unlimited minutes/budgets, not...
  • Commented on Furuno MaxSea TimeZero 2010, valuable dual Navionics/C-Map & more
    Picking up this thread after a year and a few more miles under the keel. I completely agree that Furuno/MSTZ have not produced a truly integrated system. The FI-50's, MFDs and MSTZ do not work off the same page, don't...
  • Commented on OceanView's SteadyView, camera stabilization by software
    This is kind of like a bunch of guys who drive Honda's learning about the latest F1 technology. Interesting, but not really relevant. I'm pretty sure that I'm not their target market....
  • Commented on Inmarsat FleetBroadband airtime changes, bad news for the little guys?
    BenBen - Thank you....
  • Commented on Inmarsat FleetBroadband airtime changes, bad news for the little guys?
    BenBen - Have you ever tried using BGAN while underway?...
  • Commented on Inmarsat FleetBroadband airtime changes, bad news for the little guys?
    Interesting timing as I've had several extended discussions here with cruisers using various communications products and what was most cost effective. For pure data the Fleet 33 or BGAN service is cheaper than Iridium (handset not broadband) since you only...
  • Commented on ChartTable21; coming together, thank you!
    Paul - agreed. I've been running MaxSea Time Zero on my MacBook Pro under Parallels for three years and on an iMac at the nav station with Bootcamp. There were some early issues with radar performance in MSTZ, but they...
  • Commented on First Mate MS thermal camera, FLIR does it again!
    Moore's Law strikes again....
  • Commented on More Gizmo 2011, the solar panel project
    I tried the Blue Sky 3024 in 2008 and it created so much electrical noise in the system that the shunts for the Mastervolt MICC would not work. I took it out of the system and the MICC worked fine....
  • Commented on ChartTable21; coming together, thank you!
    Is it fair to assume all of this is running on 110v? Any hopes for a ChartTable21 that would run on 12/24v?...
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