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Panbo’s new website, woooohoooo!

29 Mar

Zap! Woosh! Bang! Yes, I am super excited that Panbo has an entirely new website with more and better ways to cover the ever-changing world of marine electronics. I’m also hoping that readers will get better access to the news and reviews on whichever screen they’re using, plus an improved notification service and an easier time joining the crew of commenters. But you may have to help us find the bugs first.

So here’s a list of what we hope to accomplish with this new design:

  • Panbo is going from one to three content wells. The long Features aren’t going
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B&G NOS 18.1 software update with Advanced Windplot

27 Mar

B&G just released the NOS 18.1 software update for most of its multifunction displays. A key new feature is called Advanced Windplot — for Zeus only, sorry not for Vulcans — and I find the screenshots interesting but somewhat mysterious. I’m sure that the graphics are a lot more obvious when they’re live on deck with the wind gusting into the 20’s, but I think this boat is on a very broad reach, headsail possibly close to collapsing, but probably moving right along.

How about it, performance sailors: Does B&G’s explanation of these and other Advanced Windplot screens make sense ...

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SailRacer inkDisplay, e-paper fit for a boat?

22 Mar

The just-announced SailRacer inkDisplay seems impressive. For about $360 you get a sunlight readable 6-inch Android wireless tablet so waterproof that it can purportedly run in that aquarium forever. In fact, the video shows it bouncing onto concrete –hey, it’s also rubberized — and then into an icy Lithuanian puddle, with the screen still running. What it’s running is a special remote display version of SailRacer, so the app is controlled on a phone anywhere on the boat while the inkDisplay can even be attached to the lower mast (somehow) like the fancy racers do.

What may be most interesting ...

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Nautic-On, Brunswick’s smart take on boat monitoring

22 Mar

Written by Ben Stein on Mar 22, 2018 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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In the lead-up to any major boat show there are a lot of press releases flying around. The 2018 Miami International Boat Show was no different, and one such announcement was from a new division of Brunswick called Nautic-On. While I made a mental note to see what they were all about, frankly my expectations were meager. But what I encountered was a style of boat monitoring that far exceeded my expectations.

When I sat down with Adam Schanfield, Nautic-On’s General Manager, and asked him to ...

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Sonar wars flare: Humminbird Mega, Garmin UHD, Lowrance FishReveal & more

16 Mar

Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 16, 2018 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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This week both Garmin and Lowrance made major fishfinding announcements, but the overall Sonar Wars context most definitely includes the sharp Humminbird Mega high-frequency side imaging seen above. There’s also some good news for cruisers in the Navico MFD software update, plus an opportunity to preview a new press release feature coming to Panbo…

What, press releases on Panbo? Yes, I’ve long wanted a separate section that simply published important marine electronics releases in full with the often included high-resolution images. There’s no online site which ...

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Sonar wars flare: Humminbird Mega, Garmin UHD, Lowrance FishReveal & more

16 Mar

This week both Garmin and Lowrance made major fishfinding announcements, but the overall sonar wars context most definitely includes the sharp Humminbird Mega high-frequency side imaging  seen above. There’s also some good news for cruisers in the Navico MFD software update, plus an opportunity to preview a new press release feature coming to Panbo…

What, press releases on Panbo? Yes, I’ve long wanted a separate section that simply published important marine electronics releases in full with the often included high-resolution images. There’s no online site that does that consistently well, to my knowledge, and Panbo’s editorial efforts are better focused ...

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Garmin Reactor 40, autopilot running change

13 Mar

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Late last fall, Garmin started replacing the Reactor autopilot CCU (course computer unit) that is the “brains” in their various AP kits with the Reactor 40. It was what’s called a “running change” as opposed to a whole new product, and thus did not merit a press release.

Running changes usually just mean slight improvements and/or bug fixes, but the confidential dealer memo that went out about the Reactor 40 does note a new feature. It’s completely optional because the Reactor has its own 9-axis AHRS, but the 40 now also supports “third-party heading sensors or GPS compasses via the ...

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ActiveCaptain: Data delivery changing, but free access assured

9 Mar

Written by Ben Stein on Mar 9, 2018 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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Within minutes of announcing Garmin’s acquisuition of ActiveCaptain in May 2017 commenters here and elsewhere immediately began to worry about its future. On Wednesday evening, the Polar Navy announcement above poured fuel on that fire, suggesting that the many non-Garmin charting apps and MFDs which display ActiveCaptain cruising information would lose access to the database this May. But that quote is not the whole story by a long shot. Actually, Garmin is emphatic that AC data will remain freely available to developers and users…

Let’s start ...

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Digital Yacht 4G Connect, with WiFi router and Alexa

6 Mar

This Digital Yacht 4G Connect was impressively demonstrated at the Miami show. The standard model shown uses indoor MIMO antennas to connect with cellular data services, then WiFi and/or Ethernet to make the link to devices on the boat. The Pro model uses two exterior antennas that looked very rugged and well designed for running serious coax cable.

All that’s attractive in itself — and recently approved by the FCC for U.S. use, I’ve heard — but DY added some special sauce related to some of their many other communications products. In the Miami booth, for instance, you could ask ...

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Furuno MIBS 2018: from TZT2BB megaMFD to GP-1x71F plotter fishfinders

6 Mar

Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 6, 2018 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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At the Miami boat show, Furuno showed off interesting new products aimed at both ends of the market. Prominent at their booth were two strikingly large multi-touch displays being driven by a single TZTouch2 Black Box, a new choice for larger vessels and an especially easy upgrade for existing Furuno black box systems. But nearby were entirely redesigned multi-touch 7- and 9-inch plotter/fishfinders (that even have a radar option), plus an innovative new autopilot that further confirms Furuno’s growing attention to smaller boats…

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The NavNet TZtouch2 ...

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