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DSM150, Maretron for the masses?

Written by Ben Ellison on Jan 9, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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When Kees spotted Maretron's new little display at METS, it didn't seem like a big deal. In fact, it's fairly homely compared to other contemporary NMEA 2000 all-in-one displays like the B&G Triton and the Raymarine i70. But now that the DSM150 is fully detailed, I think it represents a significant new opportunity for boaters who used to think that Maretron gear was out of their league...

Sunshine Nostalgia

We have winter down here in North Florida. And occasionally, like denizens of the snowy latitudes, we yearn for summers past—you know, when it’s warm enough to virtually live in one of the most comfortable, practical, and fashionable ensembles ever invented for subtropical temperatures: flip-flops, a t-shirt, and a bathing suit.

Wilson marine cellular, the testing begins

Written by Ben Ellison on Jan 7, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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I probably made the PR guy's day!  He called out of the blue with two questions -- did I think that many boaters care about cellular boosters and had I heard of Wilson Electronics? -- and my reply was not only "heck, yes" on both counts but also a report on how pleased I already was with the Wilson amp I installed on Gizmo last September. The company may have just decided to pay attention to the boat world, but I was more than ready to test the box of Wilson gear that recently showed up at Panbo HQ...

Driving Fool

That particular morning it took a while to secure my footing and clear my head. The boat lacked a predictable motion. Indeed, the day we departed south Florida, our weather forecaster called for a “complex” weather pattern of dueling highs and lows extending over most of our course from the Bahamas to the Virgin Islands. He got it right.

The mighty Aiviq; more bridge details please

Written by Ben Ellison on Jan 2, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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When most of us were enjoying the holiday quite the sea drama was playing out off Kodiak, Alaska. Last Friday the mighty 360-foot icebreaking anchor-handling tug supply vessel Aiviq (above) "experienced multiple engine failures" while towing the unusual conical drill ship Kulluk in 20-foot seas.

Panbo & AIM, a good 2013 ahead!

Written by Ben Ellison on Jan 1, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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Panbo may not make the corporate masthead any time soon, but the agreement that begins today is definitely a collaboration between this little web site and the Active Interest Media Marine Group, and I'm excited about it.

Now We’re Cooking on the Cruisers 41 Cantius

Editor-in-Chief George Sass, left, and the author enjoy the sunset and the smell of cooking meat. Photo by Erin Kenney Some folks lounge around to relax. Others immerse themselves in a trashy novel, ignoring those around them in favor of purple prose and questionable cover art. Others make small talk. None of that works for me. I can’t really read with other people around, and staring off into space doesn’t work.

Don’t forget to add a heat gun to your tool box

A tool not often written about but that has multiple uses is the heat gun. A word of warning though: If you struggle with a screwdriver, pliers, duct tape, and spray lubricant, stop reading. The heat gun is a great tool, but can totally ruin your day if not handled with care. Should you choose to add it to your boat toolbox, take the time to learn how to use it.