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The Perfect Ending

Last September saw a good boat show in Newport, Rhode Island—warm sunny days and cool evenings: pretty much a perfect New England fall weekend. It had been especially nice for me, as I’d moved out of this haven on the Atlantic a few months earlier—it was nice to be back. As Sunday afternoon approached, a group of Power & Motoryacht staff decided to take a little harbor cruise on the Cruisers 41 we had on loan from the manufacturer.

USS Guardian aground, DNC chart error?

Written by Ben Ellison on Jan 21, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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I've heard of hitting "the bricks" as in going hard aground -- as well as "bricking" a computer (or other gadget), as in breaking it so badly that it's only good for a door stop -- but gCaptain surprised me with "USS Guardian is Fully Bricked Up and Getting Battered on Philippine Reef." The situation is even worse since...

Radar on your PC, laptop or tablet

Written by Kees Verruijt on Jan 19, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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Sometimes news stays under the (ahem) radar for quite a while. Today's story starts with the Austrian university project Roboat (for RObotic BOAT) needed a self-tuning radar scanner that could be used to avoid moving targets. In 2011 they started reverse engineering the Ethernet traffic from a BR24 radar scanner. They used the above test rig so that they could drag their development hardware out to a side arm of the Donau in Vienna.

Rebuilding The Stalwart Racor FG500

 

Racor FG500 Fuel-Water SeparatorYou see lots of Racor FG500 fuel-water separators kicking around the waterfront, both on new boats (mostly protecting gensets) and on older ones like my Betty Jane, where the trusty little device helps stop water and other contaminants from getting into the main engine.

Garmin Quatix, best 'aquatics' watch yet?

Written by Ben Ellison on Jan 17, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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Holy Batman, the just-announced Garmin Quatix watch can connect wirelessly to a Garmin autopilot and not only show you what the AP is doing but let you steer the boat from your wrist. Plus if you fall overboard the lost wireless connection will set off an MOB alarm on a Garmin MFD and the AP will try to steer back to you. I hereby rescind my recent mumbling about Garmin's conservative approach to marine electronics!  And aside from all the connectivity -- the Quatix can apparently interface with Garmin PC, Mac, and iPad apps too -- it seems like a heck of a boating watch even if you aren't running other Garmin gear...

NV-Charts on Navico displays, another 'paper' option!

Written by Ben Ellison on Jan 15, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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The surprising press release just came in this morning. I didn't even know that Navico multifunction displays could handle "raster" style digital charts -- the ones that look like paper charts -- let alone that NV Charts was working to make its large portfolio of handsome cartography available to the owners of Lowrance HDS, Simrad NSE/NSO/NSS, and B&G Zeus MFDs...

VHF radio recalls, not to worry?

Written by Ben Ellison on Jan 13, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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A Panbo reader sent this recent photo of empty VHF shelves at a West Marine in Florida along with a store manager's report that Standard Horizon and Uniden had called in their inventory for a software upgrade needed to meet an FCC regulation. Yikes? The reader wondered if this had something to do with Class D VHF mandates and worried about same model radios that had already been bought and installed. My head hurts from the research involved but I'm pretty sure that the answer is "no worries"...

Can a Real Pirate Retire?

Notorious Somali pirate Mohamed Abdi Hassan, known as “Big Mouth” It was with a heavy heart that notorious Somali pirate Mohamed Abdi Hassan, known as “Big Mouth,” announced today that he will be retiring from piracy.

Man Reclaims NJ Roller Coaster for America

 

Photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/U.S. Air Force/New Jersey National GuardBoaters in New Jersey should be well familiar with the Jet Star, the iconic roller coaster that used to jut out over the Atlantic from off Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. During Hurricane Sandy, the ride was wrenched from its supports and replanted in the water just off the coast. The ruins are a shocking visual testament to the wreckage Sandy left behind.