Ben Ellison

Ship Finder 1.7, 50 freebies
I've enjoyed the Ship Finder AIS viewing app as it's gained features and available feeds, and particularly like how the latest 1.7 version draws targets with their reported ...
Giving Thanks, a holiday break
There's a fair bit of hokum wrapped around the Thanksgiving holiday we're about to celebrate here in the states, which I'm particularly aware of as ...
Standard Horizon GX2100, AISrx/VHF combo for most any boat?
I consider this fairly big news. Not only does the GX2100 combine full featured Class D VHF with a true dual AIS receiver in one box with a ...
Raymarine E-Wide hands-on #1, & money talk
Raymarine product manager Mark Garland and marketing manager Jim McGowan kindly came to Maine last Thursday and swapped a new E140 Widescreen for the C140W I used ...
Kees at Mets, almost like walking the show
Wow, Kees Verrujit, our N2K Panbot in an attic, has out done his own reporting on last year's METS, and he even shot some videos for ...
AIS over NMEA 2000, concept defended
The screen shot above shows MaxSea TimeZero Explorer running on Gizmo this morning, much like I showed last week.  In this case you can see how I'm ...
New Garmin 6- and 7000 series, & Class B AIS 600
Garmin just announced several new products which will be shown when the doors open at METS tomorrow morning. The 6000 and 7000 series are very much like ...
SailTimer, gone iPhone & handheld
I first heard about SailTimer -- a set of algorithms for calculating sailing tacks, including total distance and tacking time to destination (TTD) -- back in 2006.  ...
MaxSea Time Zero, live at last
It took Furuno and MaxSea quite a while to actually ship Time Zero software in the U.S., and it took me a while to clear enough ...
CE  & ACC, great but not enough! Part 1
One thing I've always liked about Coastal Explorer is the way it handles points of interest (POI) information.  It includes a vast, ...