Starlight LED helming guide, plus Autonnic’s unusual A55 “analog” instrument displays

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher since 4/12/2005, and now excited to have Ben Stein as a very able colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2018 and beyond.

4 Responses

  1. Nick Reynolds says:

    Why do any manufacturers support 0183 any more? This is such a difficult thing for us DIY guys when there is more than a couple of 0183 devices on the same boat that it is incredibly frustrating.

    • Colin A says:

      From talking to manufacturers 0183 is still much more common in the commercial marine world then NMEA2000. And if the product is simple enough manufacturers generally want to avoid additional complexity brought in with NEMA 2000 for manufacturing etc. Really it’s about whether they think going to NMEA200 brings enough value to the consumer.

  2. Reading your article brought to home an experience I had yesterday driving a new 2019 Dodge 1500 Ram pickup. As this is just a part-time job for me, I hadn’t experienced the novelty of the newer models but this item (the gauges/meters/monitors layout) intrigued me no end. Yes, the speedometer and RPM gauges are forefront but utilize differing concentric circles to reveal their information to the driver. Engaging the cruise control not only shows the digital representation of the speed selected in numbers but puts a neat, little blue dot on the speedometer “ring” . . varying up or down exposes a green dot as to the vehicle’s actual speed. All in all, very neat and can I say – “elegant”. Wonder if our boat dashes can utilize all of these digital vagaries and incorporate them into a single gauge as well? Seems that is what Mr. Shelton is investigating as well.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The image “Prototype design for Autonnic analog voltage/current display” is just plain ugly, wouldn’t have that anywhere near my boat. Sorry.

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