Ben E

Ben E

  • Commented on Doppler radar: Simrad VelocityTrack & Furuno DRS6A-NXT
    Raymarine Doppler radar would be great to see, and I will be in Miami, but note that this is the first I've heard of it and I have no idea who Anonymous is. On the other hand, Ray and most...
  • Commented on Seakeeper install... 7,000 miles later
    Yes indeedy, Dan, first-time Panbo writers still get the highly-sought-after but not-available-in-any-store Panbo long-billed cap ;-)...
  • Commented on NMEA OneNet 2013, already ahead of the curve?
    I don't think that any one person, company, or organization can decide that. I believe that OneNet will materialize eventually, but then it may well take years longer to really see how many marine electronics companies adopt it and also...
  • Commented on NMEA OneNet 2013, already ahead of the curve?
    How can OneNet be Dead On Arrival if it hasn't arrived yet? Seriously, while I too was vaguely hoping to see actual products last year, what does the lack of them of actually mean? I don't know, and also didn't...
  • Commented on Ode to hydronic boat heating, and Sure Marine Service
    Thanks for all that solid information, Kees! I did not actually know about the 3,000 hour fan life on my Webasto TSL17, but that will likely be far into the future given the way I intend to use the (as...
  • Commented on Seakeeper install... 7,000 miles later
    I have somehow never managed to get aboard a SeaKeeper demo, but I have many boating writer friends tell me that it is truly amazing. I particularly heard that when we gave the Seakeeper3 12v smaller boat system an award...
  • Commented on Ode to hydronic boat heating, and Sure Marine Service
    Jan-Kees, a big part of my decision was a system that could fit on my particular boat. Transom mounting the air intake and exhaust outlet were nearly impossible and access to the cabin side cramped. At any rate, I don't...
  • Commented on Garmin & Navionics part 2, a close look at ActiveCaptain the app
    Robert, I think that the Active Captain app requires valid GPS to center the boat while BCM will accept WiFi and Cellular locations, which are not as accurate. Am I correct that your iPad is WiFi only and therefore does...
  • Commented on Yacht Devices NMEA 2000 temp & barometer sensors, some good ideas but...
    Good timing, Ben, as the recent samples I received from Yacht Device's home base in Kaliningrad were over a month in transit. That was probably an anomaly but it's great that you're stocking all YD devices here in the States....
  • Commented on Ode to hydronic boat heating, and Sure Marine Service
    Thanks, Stephen, I remember. I think you noticed that I didn't have the right switch to work with the engine heat exchanger, and maybe I can blame the hot day for forgetting that part. Here's a little YouTube fun, some...
  • Commented on Ode to hydronic boat heating, and Sure Marine Service
    Thank you, Peter. I did fudge the specific power needs of Gizmo's hydronic system in the entry, but it is a complicated subject. For instance, the Sure Marine Webasto TSL17 page shows Start-up consumption of 8.8 amps for 30 seconds...
  • Commented on Ode to hydronic boat heating, and Sure Marine Service
    Hi Evan, The outside temperature is coming from the LCJ Capteurs CV7-V wind sensor at Gizmo's masthead, as discussed here: https://www.panbo.com/archives/2017/10/smorgasboat_2_more_tasty_test_electronics_southbound_on_gizmo.html#LCJ-Capteurs-CV7 (With the barometric pressure added by the LCJ Windy Plug in the fly bridge cabinet). The refrigerator temp is...
  • Commented on Doppler radar: Simrad VelocityTrack & Furuno DRS6A-NXT
    Thanks, Howard! Those radars are already available on the Simrad Professional side, but it makes great sense to also offer them via Simrad Yachting because they're based on the same Navico Operating System (NOS) and should integrate well with other...
  • Commented on Ode to hydronic boat heating, and Sure Marine Service
    Funny or sad? The snow in New Bern -- which stayed on the ground longer than it has in a very long time -- mostly melted away today. I took almost as much time writing this entry as I did...
  • Posted Ode to hydronic boat heating, and Sure Marine Service to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

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    It seems appropiate to kick off 2018 with a discussion of heating technology, specifically the diesel-fired hydronic system I installed on Gizmo last year. It was a significant purchase and a major install, but the 66 degree pilothouse temperature seen above certainly made my early December ICW trip a lot more pleasant. I'll explain why I chose hydronic, detail how the system went together, and profusely praise Sure Marine Service, a marine heating equipment distributor par excellence...

  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Thanks, Evan, but the fault is my poor analysis. At least I illustrated the struggle it can be to visualize this stuff ;-)...
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Thanks for the interesting contribution, Evan, but credit for the balanced battery cable schemes goes to the good folks at SmartGauge: http://www.smartgauge.co.uk/batt_con.html And to clarify for myself and other readers, your bank is 3x series and 2x parallel totalling about...
  • Commented on New inexpensive product to display engine data on your NMEA2000 compatible GPS/Multi-Function Display
    Hi Nev, the Fox Marine number was answered from here in the States, but it was voice mail. I'm confident that Allen is still in business and suggest you try email or Fox's web contact page: http://fox-marine.com/index.php?route=information/contact...
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    Happy PS: Writing the above comment to Waren inspired me to finally fess up to Bruce Schwab. When I last spoke to him -- at the Annapolis Sail show in early October, before I discovered the problem with battery ground...
  • Commented on Gizmo's new Firefly battery bank, working out the details
    The Firefly batteries are amazing, Waren, and the Balmar SmartGauge is also impressive. But it took me quite a while to come to those conclusions because I managed to screw the system up in such a way that the problem...
  • Commented on Monitoring 2017: Siren, QuikTrak, DotMobile, Yacht Protector, GOST, Maretron, Boat Command & GoFree
    Hi Deborah, Please feel free to list your issues with MTC here. We can compare notes. I've had one installed for a few months, but so far only have Gizmo's two battery banks and shore power wired in for monitoring....
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    It's cozy up here now, Hartley, but there have been challenges. And check out Gizmo's dock down "south": http://www.newberngrandmarinayachtclub.com/index.php/marina-cam/camera5 Panbo entry on the heating technology is in the works ;-)...
  • Commented on Doppler radar: Simrad VelocityTrack & Furuno DRS6A-NXT
    Note that Furuno sent in some corrections to the Doppler target highlighting comparison that I added to the text and to the feature matrix table. Also, another Furuno contact responded to Patrick's comment by describing a commercial tuna fishing vessel...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Hmmm...now I'm doubting my source. I just noticed that Standard Horizon's 2018 brochure still lists the GX6500, even adding "NEW for 2018": http://www.standardhorizon.com/pdf/Marine2018_USA_web.pdf...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Thanks, Kees. I think the strategy was to get EU approval before going to the FCC, but now SH isn't sure the GX6500 will ever get any approval. While I have not seen this in writing, Hans Rooker -- who...
  • Commented on AIS issues: Garmin, Navico, McMurdo, AMEC and SRT
    Howard, what I heard a long time back was that Standard Horizon wanted to get possibly harder CE approval before going to the FCC with the combo VHF/Class B AIS GX6500. But I'm sad to report the latest from SH...
  • Commented on Standard Horizon GX6500: a loaded VHF radio also integrated with Class B AIS
    Sad to update this entry with a warning......
  • Commented on Doppler radar: Simrad VelocityTrack & Furuno DRS6A-NXT
    Good idea, Howard, but there would have to be side-by-side comparisons in many situations and weather conditions, and you still wouldn't know for sure that each radar was performing at their optimum. Magnetron versus solid-state is a big issue since...
  • Commented on AIS issues: Garmin, Navico, McMurdo, AMEC and SRT
    I feel so naive. I had no idea that what appears to be a pirate Class B AIS has been available on Amazon for some time: https://www.amazon.com/Matsutec-HP-33A-Transponder-Marine-Navigator/dp/B00MC9Q40M Smart Amazon shoppers have been questioning its FCC approval for more than a...
  • Commented on Doppler radar: Simrad VelocityTrack & Furuno DRS6A-NXT
    You're observant, Howard, and also correct. The Furuno TZT2 is on a NMEA 2000 network with a Vesper XB8000 AIS Class B, but I was also running an Em-Trak B400....
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