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  • Commented on B&G Zeus 2 & Navionics iPad Route Support
    Thanks, Pyaron, good reference, but the situation is still odd. Note that Simrad NSS evo2 is also shown NOT to support Plotter Sync...but it does. To be clear, I have Navionics USA HD app Version 10.8.1 running on an iPad...
  • Commented on B&G Zeus 2 & Navionics iPad Route Support
    Sounds odd to me. Who told you that Navionics plotter sync is disabled for Zeus 2? I just been using it with Simrad NSS evo 2, very similar MFD, and its working fine even with Navionics card that is not...
  • Commented on SL Fridge Optimizer, smart new product from a new company
    Cool! Fridge Optimizer is about to support Signal K. This from Arvid: "Do you remember when we first launched the Fridge Optimizer, and many people commented that they wanted it to output data to Signal K? After all this time...
  • Commented on Smörgåsboat 2: More tasty test electronics southbound on Gizmo
    Thanks, Richard. I suspect that you'd blow the (nice) blade fuse on the VIRB power cable if you lowered the attached camera into solid water, but it may well take any other wet abuse. The VIRB X/XE is supposed to...
  • Commented on Testing the Garmin Fantom 24 in a new world of solid-state radar
    Hi Quitsa, I've only been on demos with Fantom open arrays but I did ask David Jirikovic how well they worked when he delivered a Sabre 66 from Maine to Florida, a trip he's also done with magnetron open arrays....
  • Commented on ST30 Wind speed depth seatalk to Nmea2000
    Yes, that should work, but why not the B&G wind sensor: http://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?path=-1|344|2028690|2028831&id=2601495 Also, the cabling issues. A NMEA 2000 cable running up your mast has to be setup as part of the backbone with one of the backbone's terminators up...
  • Posted Smörgåsboat 2: More tasty test electronics southbound on Gizmo to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    Passagemaker_Who_is_Ben_Ellison_article_opening_spread.jpgThe jury is still out. Brian Lind may have written a blushingly laudatory profile of Panbo and me for PassageMaker magazine -- and you can now check out "Who is Ben Ellison?" online -- but I agree with regular readers who may rightfully doubt my 'authoritative' 'expertise'! This site is not the "arbitrator of marine electronics" -- no such thing exists -- and evidence is building that I've become a bumbling old boat guy barely in command of all the gear he's installed, plus very darn slow to write about it...

  • Commented on ST30 Wind speed depth seatalk to Nmea2000
    Right, most any NMEA 2000 wind, depth, speed etc. sensor will show data on the Vulcan. B&G sensors are preferable, however, in case some sensor configuration is needed, as that is generally not done across brands. For wind, however, usually...
  • Commented on Veethree Engine Gateway/Monitor is powerful, coming EGM 800 is wow
    VDO has its own NMEA 2000 OceanLink gateway now, sort of like the VeeThree, and it looks powerful: http://www.vdo.com/marine-solutions/oceanlink/tft-display/ Plus Yacht Devices now has a gateway for older Volvo Penta engines (like mine ;-)... http://www.yachtd.com/products/j1708_gateway.html...
  • Commented on Volvo EVC/mc Engine Data on Garmin MFD
    Yacht Devices now has a gateway for older Volvo Penta engines (like mine ;-): http://www.yachtd.com/products/j1708_gateway.html...
  • Commented on ST30 Wind speed depth seatalk to Nmea2000
    Hi Steve, What you want to do is possible but probably not as easy as you may think, and quite possibly not worth the effort versus replacing the ST30 transducers and displays eventually. The ST30 series was never high performance...
  • Commented on Coastal Marine WiFi, a winner!
    Wrong presumption, Krisket, and that's really "for sure." The Trendnet router supplied by CMW and pictured above is still running this very moment on Gizmo and has been aboard since May, 2015. In fact, the boat has not been hauled...
  • Commented on Pilot Line autopilot, unfinished business
    Happy to report that the Pilot Line autopilot is being introduced at the NMEA Conference right now. Here's the press release: https://www.panbo.com/images16/NeySea_Pilot_Line_System_press_release_9-26-2017.pdf...
  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    Yes, Furuno, Raymarine, and Garmin all offer MFD screen mirror apps like you've seen with Simrad. Actually, it took a while for the Furuno TZT2 to get the app compatability that the TZT has long had, but it's working fine...
  • Commented on Flash: C-Map and Navico become sister companies
    Interesting! Last week C-Map acquired i-Sea, a Norwegian charting company... https://plus.ibinews.com/article/vvsjoZjipDE/2017/09/21/c-map_acquires_i-sea/ ...and while I was not familiar with i-Sea, I now realize that they have already developed a notably modern vector charting app for PC, iOS, and Android. Free versions...
  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    Hi Neil, You can definitely have that setup now, and there's some up-to-date discussion of what's possible in the comments section of this entry: https://www.panbo.com/archives/2015/07/nobeltec_pc_radar_tz_v2_app_blazing_trail_two_ways.html...
  • Commented on The Travel 1003, a serious case of Torqeedo love
    The times they are a changin: Torqeedo was just acquired by venerable engine manufacturer DEUTZ and apparently will operate pretty much as is "within the framework of the new E-DEUTZ strategy." http://www.torqeedo.com/us/en-us/news-and-press/news-and-press/blog-2017-09-27.html...
  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    Good discussion of new Furuno NXT open array at The Hull Truth: https://www.thehulltruth.com/marine-electronics-forum/882653-furuno-s-new-drs6a-nxt-open-array.html And thank you, Howard, for the research. If you get to see the DRS6A-NXT in action during the NMEA Conference, please report....
  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    I don't see any reason that a smartphone-like interface has to "dumb down" what a device can do. For instance, there are a lot of sophisticated features available in the very modern Furuno TZT2, though it purposely has fewer features...
  • Posted IBEX Winners: Lumitec PLI and Power-Pole Vision to Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub

    IBEX_winner_Lumitec_Power_Line_Instructions_cPanbo.jpgWhat's amazing and IBEX award worthy about the Lumitec demo board above is that while all those light fixtures are only connected to the same simple two-wire 12v power circuit, each can be switched, dimmed, strobed, color-changed and more, individually or as virtual groups. Lumitec calls the protocol Power Line Instructions (PLI), and, as innovative as it is, it had to share top honors in the electronics category with another new-protocol-based product, and we judges wished we could give out more awards. The boats of the future may be emerging from the fog...

  • Commented on Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT solid-state Doppler radome, "Radar Redefined" most definitely
    Excellent news: There is now a Furuno DRS6A-NXT open array radar with all the features of the NXT radome plus higher resolution and longer range: http://www.furuno.com/special/en/radar/drs4d-nxt/#Specifications...
  • Commented on PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
    Cool! “Weems & Plath has been named the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of CrewWatcher, a system of beacon and app that is an affordable crew overboard alarm & locator. We are very excited about this new product. We will feature...
  • Commented on BAM! Raymarine Axiom MFDs, LightHouse 3, RealVision 3D sonar & FLIR M100/200 ClearCruise
    Hi Hartley, Lighthouse 3 for "select" LH2 MFDs is expected in November, maybe early that month as in the big Lauderdale show. Lots of good info about the road map here: http://www.raymarine.com/multifunction-displays/lighthouse3/faqs/...
  • Commented on BAM! Raymarine Axiom MFDs, LightHouse 3, RealVision 3D sonar & FLIR M100/200 ClearCruise
    Lighthouse 3.2 for Axiom is out and looking good: http://www.raymarine.com/multifunction-displays/lighthouse3/...
  • Commented on One LED flare replaces U.S. required pyros, Sirius Signal but not Ocean Signal
    Hi Carl, the pro on the capsized catamaran was the charmed and charming Charles Nethersole, "lessons learned" details in the second half of this entry: https://www.panbo.com/archives/2016/12/mcmurdo_smartfind_g8_ais_epirb_first_of_many_plbs_too_.html...
  • Commented on Testing Raymarine Quantum Q24 radar, solid on many levels
    Good to hear from you again, Dave, but sorry I don't know where Raymarine is at with Doppler radar development. I imagine that all the big brands are working on it, with Furuno NXT motion highlighting and ARPA performance the...
  • Commented on Simarine Pico: Good ideas in battery monitoring & more
    Thanks, Serenity; I agree that the VRM portal looks great, but that's why I linked to this Victron entry in the Pico discussion above: https://www.panbo.com/archives/2017/04/news_victron_venus_cruzpro_sog2_dy_windsense_vaavud_ultrasonic_panbo_news.html Also note that none of these services is truly free if they only work with...
  • Commented on One LED flare replaces U.S. required pyros, Sirius Signal but not Ocean Signal
    Thanks, Patrick! And very timely as Sirius Signal has come up with an interesting new daytime visual distress device that may help with the "locate" part of the equation: https://siriussignal.com/sirius-signal-demonstrate-new-daytime-visual-distress-signal-annapolis-sailboat-boat-show/ Yes, it sounds sort of like a helium filled mylar...
  • Commented on New Garmin: Fantom radomes & Panoptix thru-hull FLS, plus radios & "budget" MFDs
    The new G012 and GO7 MFDs are now up at Simrad... http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-US/Products/GO-series/ ... and it's interesting how they specify the Ethernet connection: "Ethernet: 1 x 5 pin yellow connector x 1 Mbit. Radar and Sirius (USA only) connectivity only (unless...
  • Commented on Old Engines New Tech
    Hi Orlando, I believe that Chetco has lots of experience in this area (though the company has been quiet in recent years) and I'm hopeful that the G2 will work for you: http://www.digitalmarinegauges.com/products/sensor-interface-units/pro-sensor-interface-unit.html Please let us know. And sorry I...
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