Ben Ellison

Furuno MaxSea TimeZero 2010, valuable dual Navionics/C-Map & more
Last February Furuno made a lot of promises about improved charting in NavNet3D and MaxSea TimeZero, and it seems to be making good on all of them.  At least the North American MapMedia versions of "C-Map by Jeppesen" vector charts ...
Lowrance Simrad SonicHub, some details revealed
Here's what excites me about innovations like the Navico's SonicHub:  If you're going to spend fairly big bucks on what is essentially a dedicated waterproof computer with goodies like an extra bright screen and custom soft keys -- like a ...
NoLand RS11, analog to NMEA 2000 engine monitoring
What follows is a first time guest entry by regular Panbo commenter Adam Block, who is planning a 2011 Pacific crossing aboard his Nordhavn 47 Convexity.  Adam says "he had no idea what he was getting into when he started ...
Green Marine monitors, first look
Yes, the photo is largely under exposed, but the point was to illustrate the relative brightness of the new Green Marine LED-backlit AWM-1900 monitor I checked out in the lab last week.  I think it would be usable in sunny ...
Fusion rocks the docks, and the boat?
Synchronicity!  No matter what I'd get a big kick out of this photo taken yesterday at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in Australia.  But in fact I spent part of the day installing a Fusion stereo on Gizmo and ...
BlueAIS Class B, standalone with room to grow
One of the very first Class B AIS transponder prototypes -- the Shine Micro RadarPlus -- was a standalone design, and it seemed to make a lot of sense (though for some reason it never came to market).  It's a ...
Verizon Droid Incredible, indeed it is
While it's been disappointing to learn that carrying around two smart phones does not make a guy extra smart, I am incredibly happy about owning that Verizon Droid Incredible at left.  It's not a phone I'd recommend to everyone -- ...
Garmin 2010, GPSMap 740 and GMR 604 xHD first looks
Garmin may have lost its bid for Raymarine last week, but, as noted, there's plenty of evidence that it's building a daunting marine electronics line on its own.  Check out the little  GPSMap 740s and the big GMR 604 xHD ...
FLIR buys Raymarine, good for everyone?
"We are all very happy here," reads the email I just got from a contact at Raymarine, and that sure makes sense. The agonizing process of getting sold is over, and in the end they were bought (full announcement above here) ...
The damn iPad: iNavX, X-Traverse, Navimatics & AC
It's so sad:  Nowadays when I contemplate my amazing portfolio of iPhone marine apps (discussed here, here, here, and elsewhere) in iTunes, featured ...

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