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About: Ben Ellison

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Ben Ellison is electronics editor for Bonnier Marine Group, specifically Yachting and Cruising World. He previously was electronics editor for Power & Motoryacht and SAIL, as well as a writer for Ocean Navigator. His blog posts appear courtesy of his website www.Panbo.com, which has 80,000 monthly readers worldwide.
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Furuno GP-33 GPS, hand’s on
Posted on August 30, 2010.
At the risk of sounding mean, what excites me most about Furuno's new GP-33 GPS sensor and display is what it means regarding the coming RD-33 data display we discussed ...
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ACR Aqualink View & 406Link, hand’s on
Posted on August 27, 2010.
The first time was the best. I was tootling down the Bay in May when I tested the ACR AquaLink View PLB. I'd already appreciated its high build ...
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Raymarine SeaTalk-SeaTalkNG converter, nice
Posted on August 24, 2010.
What's yellow, white, and blue, and will help a lot of boats integrate older Raymarine SeaTalk1 instruments and sensors into SeaTalkNG/NMEA 2000 networks?  Well, check out the new SeaTalk-STng converter ...
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New iThing charting apps, EarthNC & eSeaChart
Posted on August 23, 2010.
Not one but two iPhone NOAA raster charting apps debuted last week, and I had had a little Beta time with each.  EarthNC for iPhone costs $25 and incorporates some ...
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Oblivious anchor dragging, & Camden chart update
Posted on August 20, 2010.
I'm generally quite reluctant to fault fellow boaters when things go wrong, because I've made about every mistake possible myself at some point, and probably will again.  But what I ...
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Comar AIS-2-2000 receiver, & N2K firmware updates
Posted on August 18, 2010.
Sweet.  Comar's new little dual band AIS receiver not only outputs NMEA 2000 but is powered off it. Could there be a simpler install?  In fact, the AIS-2-2000 doesn't even ...
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Inmarsat Isatphone Pro, hand’s on & thumb’s up
Posted on August 17, 2010.
Maybe I'm missing something, but the Isatphone Pro seems every bit like the game changer Inmarsat claimed it would be.  I've made calls from the boat and backyard, sent myself ...
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MFD comparisons #3, chart plotting in 3D part 1
Posted on August 14, 2010.
If I can miss major ways that MFDs display currents and tides, lord only knows how much I might mess up a comparison of 3D charting.  There are so many ...
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MFD comparisons #2, mostly currents
Posted on August 12, 2010.
I sort of knew that "shootout" was a poor word choice -- implying the certainty of corpses and so forth -- and I'm officially dropping it from the Panbo title ...
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MFD shootout #1, tide predictions
Posted on August 10, 2010.
I may regret that title eventually, though I've just been cruising with four premium MFDs for two weeks, often using them seriously for four or five hours a day.  But ...
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