PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
Written by Ben Ellison on Jan 23, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub Does it make sense to use smartphones and tablets for a man overboard alarm and recovery system? I can testify that the first reaction of Sail magazine's...
Garmin Wireless Wonders #1: Virb XE & Now The Virb Ultra 30 (BLOG)
The multiple layers of Garmin wireless communications going on above may seem crazy, but they all work well and have endless practical and/or fun applications around a boat.
A Camden Boat Grounding Dissected, Can Crowdsourcing Help? (BLOG/VIDEO)
While I did not actually enjoy being first on the scene of the grounding, it is way too rich in interesting detail and possible lessons to leave undocumented.
Articulating Display Pods Tested: SeaView, ScanStrut & NavPod (BLOG)
The latest multifunction displays (MFDs) look smashing on Gizmo's flybridge, I like to think. And it's not just Raymarine, Simrad, Furuno, and Garmin -- that's the lineup.
Testing Furuno DRS4D-NXT Solid-State Doppler Radome, "Radar Redefined" Most Definitely (BLOG)
After many hours testing a NXT radome on Gizmo in often busy Maine waters, I believe that Furuno's bold "Radar Redefined" claim is completely justified. This radar is so smart that it makes sense to run it in broad daylight.
NOAA Introduces Zones Of Confidence; Mind Your ZOC (BLOG)
Did you know that some areas of the U.S. coastal chart you're using may only show land and bottom features accurate in position to +/- 1,600 feet, and you shouldn't be confident about the depth soundings either?
Good Instrument News: Garmin gWind Wireless 2 and Raymarine i70s (BLOG)
To understand what's going on here -- and to avoid confusion about Garmin's various current gWind offerings -- note all the hardware needed for the original gWind Wireless transducer that came out in 2013.
Evinrude E-Link, One Leg Of A Generous Open Architecture Attitude (BLOG)
The easy-to-install NMEA 2000 WiFi gateway will cost about $360 and will neatly put all G2 gauges, calibrations, and fault codes into otherwise free E-Link Android and iOS (Apple) apps.
Gizmo 2016: Pettit Hydrocoat Eco Round 2 And Gadget Redo (BLOG)
There are many reasons for Gizmo's late launch last week -- travel, getting old, boatyard miscommunications, etc. -- but perhaps the most interesting one is what it took to properly retest Pettit Hydrocoat Eco bottom paint.
DeLorme inReach Gets Weather & Goes To Cuba (BLOG)
I've long felt that the DeLorme inReach is a valuable safety and communications tool for boats that sometimes go beyond reliable cellular (and/or VHF) contact with friends, families and rescue centers.
A Search and Rescue Boat's Critical Electronics (BLOG)
Let's take a closer look at the training needed to use some of the gear on SAR 1, along with how and why it is used on a search and rescue mission.
Thermal boat phones: Boat Beacon AIS, Flir One & the Cat S60 (BLOG)
Now here's a truly different boating app screen. Tapping Boat Beacon's eye-like Live View button starts Flir One live video with the selected AIS target's name and bearing overlaid for positive identification.
Land Rover BAR, Can This AC35 Tech Partnership "Bring The Cup Home?"
Jaguar Land Rover made the case that their support of Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) in America's Cup 35 is not just about marketing. It's also a technology partnership that may be critical to finally bringing the Cup back to England.
Raymarine LightHouse R17 Part 2: Hands-on Navionics Dock-to-dock, SonarChart Live & More (BLOG)
In this part 2 entry, I'll share my experiences with the new Navionics SonarChart Live display and Dock-to-dock Autorouting, and also discuss R17's new NMEA 2000 Audio app and other improvements.
Raymarine LightHouse R17 Part 1: Hands-on New Weather Viewer, WiFi & More (BLOG)
If you have a Raymarine a, c, e, eS or gS Series MFD, you recently got an astonishing array of free new features thanks to the just announced and available LightHouse Release 17 software update.
Gizmo's New Firefly Battery Bank, Working Out The Details (BLOG)
I was already inclined to try Firefly Oasis AGMs, and the switch from two conventional 8D AGMs to a four Firefly bank naturally led me to rethink Gizmo's battery storage, cabling, charging, and monitoring systems.
Mercury & Navico: New VesselView Link, VesselView 702/502 Displays And MFD Engine Interface (BLOG)
A clean single-brand helm electronics setup is now available under three different brands, and seems reasonably priced even for a relatively small boat.
SSECN And MITA Cruising Info Apps, Doyle Bon Voyage, And Cuba Ho! (BLOG)
If I was once again in New Bern, North Carolina, about to cruise north with spring -- instead of watching late April freaking snow fall in Maine -- I'd certainly have the new Cruisers' Net app loaded on my iPad.
ScanStrut Rokk Mini, Premium Marine Mount System (BLOG/VIDEO)
The Rokk Mini system is exceptionally well made and can solidly mount phones, tablets, smallish marine displays and more.
Garmin Demos: GPSMAP 8600, ForwardVu, Fantom, & More (BLOG)
At this moment in time, the Garmin GPSMAP 8600 multifunction display announced in February may be the most powerful premium MFD available, and they had plenty more to show during their recent press event.
Iris NightPilot, Humminbird SmartStrike, Vesper AIS update, and Icom 7300 HF Radio (BLOG)
The Iris255 NightPilot looks like an accessory from Star Wars and includes some pretty hi-tech wizardry considering its $4,895 suggested retail price.
West Marine Expo, ACR LED Searchlight, Scanstrut USB, & More (BLOG)
Adam Hyde looks forward to West Marine's first ever Marine Electronics Expo, which will kick off in four states (NY, FL, CA, CT) on April 8th.
TBF: Modeling NY40 Marilee, Weems & Plath Magnifier & Young Mr. Harding (BLOG)
I skim a lot of email newsletters but this recent Stephens Waring Yacht Design creation brought the process to a quiet halt.
Boat Command: Remote Vessel Monitoring For The App Age (BLOG)
In today's world of always-connected systems, I am surprised that there are not more vendors in the space of vessel monitoring. My adventures with remote monitoring systems started in the late 80's.
ACR GlobalFix V4, NavPod, Stealth PC, Raymarine r16 and MFD ActiveCaptain via C-Map & Furuno (BLOG)
Panbo's contributing editor, Adam Hyde, brings you a slew of updates from the ever-expanding world of marine electronics.
Gizmo's House Battery Replacement: Consulting with Cole, Collins, Calder, Schwab & You (BLOG)
The time has come. I'd already sensed that Gizmo's AGM batteries were on borrowed time; But the real issue is what to do next.
Flash: C-Map and Navico Become Sister Companies (BLOG)
Here's some big news in the small world of marine electronics: Boeing company Jeppesen just sold its marine cartography division to a formerly unknown entity named Digital Marine Solutions.
News: Garmin Nautix, Gemeco resources, GOST Tracker, Go-Free Hooked & Furuno MCU004 keypad (BLOG)
Shipping the first week of April for US$400 is a new heads-up display called the Garmin Nautix. A 1.1 oz "hands-free in-view display," Nautix attaches to your sunglasses and shows NMEA 2000 data.
RCMSAR And Facilitating Marine Rescue From The Cloud (BLOG/VIDEO)
My unit of the RCMSAR had 87 calls in 2015, making it the busiest volunteer marine SAR station in Canada. It's a situation that motivates a tech enthusiast and advanced crew member like myself to think about better tools and procedures.
New NMEA 2000 Stereos: Rockford Fosgate PMX-5, JL Audio MM100s & Navico SonicHub2 (BLOG)
Being able to use your helm's bright waterproof color screen to run your stereo system has to be one of the most appreciated benefits of multifunction display evolution.
Solid State Radar #1: Long Ranges and Deep Thoughts (BLOG)
While we've barely begun 2016, the state of recreational marine radar is entirely different than it was in 2015. Thanks to a wide variety of fixed and moving targets, the Miami area is a pretty good place to test radars.
Hobie/Lowrance Fishing "Kayak" & Simrad TripIntel (BLOG)
Whatever you call it, this is a cool boat, and not just for fishing (though it must be a blast to play a big one from that low throne).
Furuno NXT & Garmin Fantom, Doppler Marine Radar Is Here! (BLOG)
Furuno and Garmin are both announcing new solid state radars here at the Miami Boat Show and boy are they great products.... I mean, can I get a HOLY MACKEREL!?!
FLIR Ocean Scout TK, A $599 Handheld True Thermal Marine Camera (BLOG)
New this morning and shipping soon is the FLIR Ocean Scout TK thermal camera. It looks a lot like the existing and beautifully made Ocean Scout series, except that it is about two-thirds the size and half the weight.
Lowrance & Simrad StructureScan 3D, Hello Interferometry (BLOG)
When I wrote about the StructureScan 3D announcement last July, I recall feeling a bit skeptical. But I was wrong. On-water demos have taught me that SS3D is much more than a visual gimmick.
SL Fridge Optimizer, A Smart New Product From A New Company (BLOG)
If you'd like better monitoring and control of your boat's electric refrigeration system, and/or automated defrosting (fridge only, not freezer), and/or improved battery time at anchor, read on.
Electric Boats: Steyr HDS+, LTS Marine, Torqeedo, Windmills & More (BLOG)
The first U.S. Electric and Hybrid Marine Expo was wonderfully educational, though I hardly knew any of the companies involved and could only understand a fraction of some seminars.
Icom M93D, Garmin Quatix 3 & GNX Wind, Imtra Largo LED, and Navico makes ForwardScan more accessible
I still think that many boaters don't realize the added safety, tracking, and navigation capabilities possible when GPS is integrated with portable VHF, though the Standard Horizon HX870 has been earning great reviews for a while.
Kees' Cool Sloop Merrimac, Home of CANboat and More (BLOG)
I'd been following this boat project for years, knew that it motivated Kees's valuable CANboat work, and given that CANboat helped birth Signal K, I figure that Merrimac may earn a special spot in marine electronics history.
Raymarine Quantum, Solid-state CHIRP Pulse Compression Radar In Radome Form! (BLOG)
Wow, Raymarine is kicking off the new marine electronics year in grand style. Debuting today online (and at the New York Boat Show) is the Quantum Q24C solid-state radar seen above.
Autorouting: Navionics New Dock-to-Dock Kicks It Up A Big Notch (BLOG)
Let's end 2015 with some new technology that will really make a difference, I think. Dock-to-dock is not perfect, but it still strikes me as a quantum leap improvement that many boaters are going to appreciate.