Monthly Archive: April 2011

The Marine Installer’s Rant, what’s your favorite? 13

The Marine Installer’s Rant, what’s your favorite?


Admittedly, that vessel immediately makes me think of Reese Witherspoon’s moderately immortal line in the moderately famous 1996 black comedy Freeway: “Holy sh*t! Look who got beat with the ugly stick.” (Clip here, but do treat yourself to the whole warped take off on Little Red Riding Hood.)  However, this entry is actually about the unquestionably immortal blog aptly titled The Marine Installer’s Rant. Which is where I learned about Seafair and her special duties as megayacht art gallery. Bill Bishop not only documents the travails of an installer, right down to the bloody wounds, but he notes and potographs perks like getting to see the weird boats that show up in his Sarasota, FL, home waters… 

Simrad NSS, hand’s on #1 21

Simrad NSS, hand’s on #1


I’ve already written about the debut of Simrad NSS “touch sensible” MFDs, as well as some of what I learned about Navico in Spain, and today I’ll discuss some of what I saw during the on-water demos.  I was especially curious as to how the NSS replaces the NSE’s super fast direct access keys. Actually, I don’t think it’s possible to swap screens faster, or easier, than those NSE dedicated Chart, Echo, Radar, etc. buttons, which get you last-layout-used with a quick press and a list of available layouts with long press. But the NSS comes fairly close…  

Northwest Passage with Starpath, plus its nav rules app 4

Northwest Passage with Starpath, plus its nav rules app


Twenty-three days on a Russian ice breaker following Roald Amundsen’s 1903 route through the Northwest Passage? Hell, yes, especially with David Burch — navigator extraordinare, and founder of Starpathriding along as tutor and guide to the vessel’s bridge. If I had the money and the time (heck, it took Amundsen three years), I’d seriously consider this opportunity. For one thing, the venerable Kapitan Khlebnikov is going back into government service, and this may be her last Passage passage. And for another, the high latitudes — where compasses, celestial navigation, and even many forms of modern communications all get dicey — are what nav-obsessed gents like Burch live for…

Ultimate open MFD, or Ethernet monstrosity? 10

Ultimate open MFD, or Ethernet monstrosity?


The PopGuard MFD from ShenShau electronics — a Panbo exclusive, and not yet online — may be just the thing for those who desire an Ethernet
centric MFD, a seriously open architecture, and/or the ability to run
applications of your choice from any one of five different operating
systems including Android and iOS. It may also be just what your
looking for to extend your favorite iPhone or iPad application to a
sunlight viewable display, manage streaming audio to your cockpit
speakers, or play movies cached into 60GB of high speed solid
state storage…