Advanced Electrical: Galvanic Isolator Case Study

4 Nov

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Once I was buying a galvanic isolator in a West Marine store, when a West Marine employee, of all people, was really insistent that I shouldn’t buy it: “Those things are a scam! They don’t do anything. I have it on good authority that they’re a big waste of money!” He had that look in his eye, so rather than get all marine electrician on his ass, I just said, “Well, my customer wants it, so I think I’ll buy it all the same.” There are a lot of misconceptions about the purpose of a galvanic isolator, and what it ...

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Advanced Electrical: Galvanic Isolator Case Study

4 Nov

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Once I was buying a galvanic isolator in a West Marine store, when a West Marine employee, of all people, was really insistent that I shouldn’t buy it: “Those things are a scam! They don’t do anything. I have it on good authority that they’re a big waste of money!” He had that look in his eye, so rather than get all marine electrician on his ass, I just said, “Well, my customer wants it, so I think I’ll buy it all the same.” There are a lot of misconceptions about the purpose of a galvanic isolator, and what it ...

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New Garmin: Fantom radomes & Panoptix thru-hull FLS, plus radios & “budget” MFDs

2 Nov

Written by Ben Ellison on Nov 2, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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Were you hoping that Garmin would bring its Fantom solid-state radar technology down to radome size, including the Doppler-assisted target motion highlighting they call MotionScope? How about two sizes, 18 and 24 inch? Or maybe you’re a Garmin owning cruiser jealous of Simrad or B&G users with ForwardScan forward looking sonar? That’s also taken care of, sort of. And these are just two highlights of all the new products Garmin announced today, many of which will ship soon…

Garmin_GPSMap_7x2xs_touchscreen_MFD_aPanbo.jpgLet’s start with the new GPSMap multifunction display ...

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LUNACY STILL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: Price Reduced (Dog Not Included)

2 Nov

Lunacy under sail

Given the bad luck I had when we sea-trialed Lunacy during her purchase survey (dead autopilot and massive shaft-seal leak) it’s not too surprising her putative buyers have not purchased her. The story of how the deal has gone since then has been nearly as big a psycho-drama as this year’s presidential election. I will spare you the tedious details. Suffice it to say the sales contract expired a month ago. The boat’s problems have been resolved (indeed she has been upgraded in some particulars) and she is still a simple, strong bluewater cruiser of a type that rarely comes ...

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Lauderdale ‘lectronics: sensors, sats, cams, boats, ROVs and ?

1 Nov

Written by Ben Ellison on Nov 1, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Fort_Lauderdale_Boat_Show_2016_maps.jpgThe Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) has become an enormous event, and I would have a hard time covering all the interesting electronics-related exhibits even if I actually motivated my lazy old butt out of Maine this week. But I do have the goods on one important set of new products (that I can share tomorrow), and I’ve also got some ideas about booths and docks to visit that some of you might enjoy and perhaps even report back about…

Maretron_CLM100_Current_Loop_Monitor_aPanbo.jpgAnyone interested in marine electronics ...

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Vendée Globe innovations

1 Nov
Hugo Boss – one of the boats pushing the innovation edge 

There are a number of new innovations in the upcoming Vendée Globe but the one that really stands out are the Dali foils. What are Dali foils you ask? Glad you asked because I am happy to explain. A number of years ago British yacht designer Hugh Welbourn came up with the concept of Dynamic Stability Systems or DSS. Essentially DSS is a lateral lifting foil, a foil that projects out from the side of the boat perpendicular to the hull and parallel to the water. When the boat ...
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Ryan Breymaier / Vendee Globe

31 Oct



Ryan Breymaier is a badass. He’s one of the few American sailors into short-handed ocean racing & won the double-handed New York to Barcelona race as co-skipper of Hugo Boss (a story Chris Museler told way back on episode #30). Ryan was in France when I spoke to him, working with Team Safran on preparing for the next Vendee Globe. We talked about his early years racing at St. Mary’s, how he got to France, what sailing on a 100-foot trimaran is like, and how to manages to balance his lifestyle with his young family.


 

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2016 ANNAPOLIS TEST SAILS: Xquisite X5, Solaris 50

30 Oct

X5 stern

Day two of my test-sailing regimen on Chesapeake Bay earlier this month involved just two boats, both a good deal larger (50-footers) than the three I sailed on day one. The wind forecast, lamentably, was for even lighter conditions overall than the day before. This worried me a bit, particularly with respect to my first ride, the impressive X5 cruising catamaran on which I bloviated at some length in my post on the Annapolis show. We approached her via water taxi in the morning as she lay at anchor off the Naval Academy (see image up top), and ...

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Fusion Signature sound and much more, plus Clarion gets N2K

27 Oct

Written by Ben Ellison on Oct 27, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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Fusion’s Todd Crocker has twice impressed me with on-water demonstrations of the company’s premium Signature sound system, first at the Miami Show (above) and again during the NMEA Conference. I’m not sure why it took me so long to write about what I heard, but maybe it’s because the sound quality was so good it hurt! Not my ears, but the fact that no stereo in my life — boat, car, home, or portable — comes close. Fusion has also introduced new products for more modest ...

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Famous Chinese sailor lost at sea

27 Oct
Gou Chuan
Guo Chuan, China’s most famous sailor, is missing at sea and the Coast Guard have suspended their search for him. Mr Chuan was attempting to break the single-handed record for the fastest time to cross the Pacific. He left San Francisco on the 19th October heading for Shanghai but this past Tuesday his support team lost contact with him. He had been keeping a regular blog about the trip and was making good time but suddenly there was no response. At first the Coast Guard flew over and tried to raise him on the radio but there was ...
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