Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 18, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
In Miami Actuant Electrical invited a few boating writers like Ed Sherman, Steve D'Antonio and myself to tour several production boats that have chosen to use BEP CZone distributed power and digital switching systems. A highlight for me was getting to hear the founder of Scout Boats explain why he would do such a crazy thing. I joke of course -- and there's an argument that you have to be a little nuts to build boats anyway -- but Steve Potts (seen to the right of BEP's Jarrod Sagar above and interviewed here in Soundings) made a compelling case for why systems like CZone are critical to creating boats that really truly modern customers...
When you’re looking at safety equipment for your boat, two things should come to mind: The number of people you need to protect from harm and the space you have on your boat. A new commercial liferaft turns the geometry of those figures on its head. The raft is stored in a box that measures roughly 3 feet wide, 3 feet tall, and 15 feet long. But it expands into a covered raft that seats 200 persons. It also has four electric motors, the better to steer out of trouble. Check out its first-ever deployment at Lauderdale Marina in Ft. Lauderdale.
Reward all that deep-drop reeling with a delightful repast of oven-roasted tilefish. You won't be disappointed. Sportfishing columnist Gary Caputi has caught--and eaten--enough of them to know.
I like to think of myself as fully endorsing the glass-half-full philosophy. I’ve had some ups and downs over the years and thankfully have gained a little perspective along the way. To help maintain this inner Zen, I think it’s healthy not to allow any pet peeves to pile up for too long. Here are several items that I just need to get off my chest so they quit nagging away at me.
Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 12, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
When I was at the in-water powerboat portion of the Miami show before it opened one morning, I discovered Furuno marketing manager Jeff Kauzlaric and product manager Eric Kunz making video. Of course I interrupted them for a photo but I was also hoping to see their long-rumored CHIRP fishfinder in action. But while it turned out that the big sonar screen behind Eric was not showing CHIRP, Furuno did announce the new DFF1-UHD during the show and Eric showed me the nifty NavPilot Safe Helm and Power Assist modes just about ready for release...
Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 9, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
I've been waiting so long that disappointment loomed large. It was mid-April last year when I became a Kickstarter 'backer' in the Pebble E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android, which really just meant that I might get a good deal by buying one upfront for delivery the following September. But I wasn't the only geek who thought they'd sniffed out a bargain. Though Pebble's Kickstarter goal was only $100,000, almost 69,000 backers sent them over 10 million dollars! Which was neat in the sense that the Pebble people could then make the watch waterproof and add other features, but not so great in that suddenly they had a LOT of watches to build, which took much longer than 'estimated'. However, I've been smiling about Pebble ever since I opened my mailbox last week and found the box with "It's Time" printed on it in large, ironic type...
My friends refer to me as a hurricane magnet. Consider, for example, the years 2004 and 2005. I was living and working in southwest Florida in 2004 when Charley, Frances, and Jean came to visit. Then I moved to south Alabama to work with another yacht company in the fall of 2004, only to have Ivan partially destroy the marina we were moving into, so plans for the move were postponed. Shortly after opening a temporary office in Orange Beach, Alabama in 2005, Arlene came to town.
Pay a visit to the Galápagos Islands and you’re immediately greeted by a combination of geography, waters, and wildlife unlike anywhere else in the world. But it’s not easy to stay overnight on this volcanic archipelago. Enter scientist and marine artist Guy Harvey and the newest locations for not one, but two Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts.
Written by Dan Corcoran on Mar 7, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
A visit to the America's Cup World Series in Newport, RI in June 2012 provided an opportunity to tour the engineering spaces and helm of this second-generation mark/VIP boat as a follow-up to Ben's visit to hull number one. Before the engineering tour I spent the day on the race course in the vessel's predecessor, observing the racing and learning what drove the design improvements to this latest generation.
Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 5, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
As a privately held corporation Navico doesn't have to reveal anything about its financial state, but last week it issued a proud press release claiming a dramatic 15% sales increase in 2012, which resulted in revenues of 256 million dollars and EBITDA earnings of 41.4 million. And at the Las Palmas B&G event, the mother company added some claims about what their numbers meant versus the competition, as seen in the slide above. Is Navico painting a fair picture of where the recreational marine electronics market is at? Does it matter to consumers anyway?