Ben Ellison

Furuno GP-33 GPS, hand’s on
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 a while back.  That 4.3-inch 480x272 pixel LED-backlit screen -- ...
ACR Aqualink View & 406Link, hand’s on
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 quality, and how neatly instructions about how to activate its ...
Raymarine SeaTalk-SeaTalkNG converter, nice
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 above, which retails for $95 and is also p...
New iThing charting apps, EarthNC & eSeaChart
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 fresh thinking and a lot of the resources EarthNC has ...
Oblivious anchor dragging, & Camden chart update
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 hear about this scene, captured in part on YouTube, is ...
Comar AIS-2-2000 receiver, & N2K firmware updates
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 have NMEA 0183 plotter or PC ports.  But the way ...
Inmarsat Isatphone Pro, hand’s on & thumb’s up
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 text messages and emails, and replied to them, but have ...
MFD comparisons #3, chart plotting in 3D part 1
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 aspects to 3D presentation, and virtually no bench mark as ...
MFD comparisons #2, mostly currents
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 vocabulary; it's too hard to be that certain!  A glaring ...
MFD shootout #1, tide predictions
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 that doesn't mean I've learned every nuance of these complex ...

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