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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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Recent Posts by Ben Ellison

Datalux Tracer police car computer, good on a boat?
Posted on June 30, 2010.
My search for Gizmo's navigation PC has taken a strange turn -- as you can see above, posed around a Furuno MFD12 -- and I'm blaming a Panbo commenter who ...
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Maturing iPhone apps, troubled ENC edition
Posted on June 29, 2010.
Pardon me if I use an entry on the improving state of marine iPhone apps to illustrate my concerns about NOAA's local chart screw ups, but it works (I think).  ...
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Good gear:  Moonlite rail cleats & V-Lock mount system
Posted on June 28, 2010.
Today I added a new Panbo category for gear I try which is not electronics related, but which is good enough that you might want to know about it.  Like ...
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Furuno supports whale slaughter?  Or Sea Shepherd BS?
Posted on June 25, 2010.
I don't like what some Japanese companies, supported by their government, are doing to whales, but I'm smart enough to know that a reasonable alternative to Sea Shepherd's nasty headline ...
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Ella’s Pink Lady vs Silver Yang, DBE! #1
Posted on June 24, 2010.
DBE! is my new shorthand for "Don't Blame Electronics!"  And the collision of Ella's Pink Lady with the Silver Yang off Queensland, Australia, last September is a terrific example (especially ...
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Simrad BR24PC, Free Range BroadBand Radar #2
Posted on June 22, 2010.
We had a false start in December when we first saw the PC charting program Expedition interfaced to a Navico BR24 radar, but as of last night this interesting possibility, ...
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Alliance for Safe Navigation, & chart reality questions
Posted on June 21, 2010.
The photo is from a BoatUS press release discussing how it, NOAA, and several other organizations are concerned that many boaters are using outdated charts.  They've even got a survey ...
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Vesper WatchMate, hand’s on #1
Posted on June 19, 2010.
It's good to get some solid hand's on time with the Vesper WatchMate AIS plotter, which I admired when it first appeared, then as it got a built-in receiver option, ...
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Simrad Insight HD charts, & 2.0 firmware
Posted on June 17, 2010.
The Simrad NSE12 prototype is back in the lab, and will soon be back on Gizmo at the heart of an extensive SimNet/Ethernet test system. Only now it's running ...
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RailLight Mini, another winner from SolLight
Posted on June 16, 2010.
One good sign: Recently, a friend who'd eaten at a waterfront restaurant called to ask if I knew "that there was a bright white light shining on Gizmo's flying ...
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