Category: The Trade

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Siren Marine: Introducing the Connected Boat Platform

We are excited to officially announce the Connected Boat Platform. Our mission has always been to deliver the modern boating experience but now OEMs are able to enhance every aspect of the boating experience – through app connectivity in the palm of your customer’s hand. Everything in our world is connected… except your boat. As customers connect every aspect of their lives, we know connectivity is vital to the marine industry…

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Boston Whaler and Mercury Marine are Marine Industry’s First to Demonstrate Raymarine DockSense for Outboard Propulsion

Today Boston Whaler, the leading manufacturer of unsinkable family fishing boats and Mercury Marine, the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines, are the first to demonstrate the Raymarine DockSense assisted docking system on an outboard-powered Boston Whaler vessel at Mercury’s Lake X testing facility…

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Two Bens, One great Panbo

Except for the possible name confusion, I’m very pleased to report that Ben Stein has become Panbo’s new Publisher while I get to focus entirely on the Edit side.  As you may know, “new Ben” has been serving as a Contributing Editor since January, we walked the Miami Show together, and it was “Ben S” who spearheaded the Panbo website rebuild that went live in late March. We’ve been working together closely…

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Garmin’s ActiveCaptain marine business plan looks good, plus Eartha

On Tuesday I met with some of the ActiveCaptain Community team, and the key news is that Garmin recently contacted marine businesses to explain the three-tier business “ownership” and advertising plan they intend to roll out in late August. I think it’s brilliant (and so is the world’s largest revolving globe).

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ActiveCaptain: Data delivery changing, but free access assured

Within minutes of announcing Garmin’s acquisuition of ActiveCaptain in May 2017 commenters here and elsewhere immediately began to worry about its future. On Wednesday evening, the Polar Navy announcement above poured fuel on that fire, suggesting that the many non-Garmin charting apps and MFDs which display ActiveCaptain cruising information would lose access to the database this May. But that quote is not the whole story by a long shot. Actually, Garmin is emphatic that AC data will remain freely available to developers and users…

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Airmar 2018 part 1: Newly certified installers toting TDT1000 transducer testers

Airmar_TDT1000_kit_case_n_ACI_logo_cPanbo.jpgDoctor Ducer is in the house! Seriously, the already impressive Airmar TDT1000 Transducer Diagnostic Kit is now key to the company’s new certified installer program, and thus you and your sick fishfinder may one day appreciate a boat call by an informed ducer doc technician with the right tool. And if an ACI installs the transducer in the first place — let’s call it “preventative medicine” — you get a significant warranty upgrade. I tested the tester last month and learned a lot about Airmar and sonar nuances in the process…