Yearly Archive: 2023

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One million active users for VictronConnect!

In 2015 we set out to create the world’s best mobile power-management app. The VictronConnect App allows intuitive monitoring, configuration and updating of Victron devices – straight from a phone or tablet. It’s a Pocket Powerhouse which connects you to your power system locally using Bluetooth, USB, Wifi, LAN – or via the internet from wherever you are in the world..

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IMTRA Introduces Sleipner Electric Vector Fins “Any Speed” Stabilizers

IMTRA, the leading manufacturer and importer of quality solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, announced today the introduction of the new Sleipner Electric Vector Fins any speed stabilization system. Revolutionizing stabilization for yachts, the system incorporates new electric actuators combined with a revolutionary new fin design, the Vector Fins, which is a further development of the unique Vector Fins and second generation VFS Vector Fins designs currently used with hydraulic actuators…

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Seakeeper Ride, on the water

It’s been almost six months since Seakeeper completed the installation of their new Ride attitude control system on Panbo(at). Since then, I’ve spent quite a few hours on the water using the new system and getting a feel for what it can and can’t do. So, please, read on and see what I’ve discovered about the system, how it’s improved the ride of Panbo(at) and how it might pair with a stabilizing gyro as well.

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Epoch’s new 460 amp-hour, external communicating battery arrives and testing begins

In a short time, Epoch has made a name for itself producing high-quality batteries at a remarkable value. I first tested their 100 amp-hour batteries and thought they were the best blend of value, features, and quality I have encountered. In fact, there were only two areas I thought Epoch could improve upon. First, higher density, and second, external communications. Epoch seems to have addressed both those issues and more.

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Raymarine Sets a New Standard in Commercial Vessel Operations

Raymarine is disrupting the commercial marine market with a cost-effective and easy-to-install, IMO-compliant solid-state X-band radar system – the Pathfinder Radar. Built on the brand’s proven and award-winning solid-state radar technology, Pathfinder is designed for CAT 2 and CAT 3 SOLAS vessels. this revolutionary radar system is ideal for vessels up to 10,000 tons, including superyacht, megayacht and OSV/deep water vessels. Using cutting-edge solid-state technology, the system delivers exceptional resolution and detection capabilities even in the most challenging maritime conditions…

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e3 Systems launches eHUB, a unique connectivity management solution for large yachts

The eHUB solution is considerably more than another traffic routing box. It does manage all the new LEO connections as well as all the vessel’s existing connections. It also enables traffic routing from WANs to VLANs, as do most other traffic routing boxes. However, the eHUB does so much more, and it´s driven from a simple user interface with beautiful and detailed graphics enabling it to be used and understood by everyone from ETO  to owner…

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Boat Building School Enhances Hands-on Program with Nigel Calder’s BoatHowTo Electrical Courses 

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding (NWSWB) and the online course platform BoatHowTo.com announce a strategic partnership for technical education. All students of the NWSWB Marine Systems program get free access to the marine electrical online courses and resources at BoatHowTo. The BoatHowTo team and Ritz share a commitment to technical accuracy and keeping abreast of the rapid changes shaping the boating industry. According to Ritz, the BoatHowTo courses offer…

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Digital Yacht CO Alert carbon monoxide alarm with NMEA 2000 integration

Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning kills boaters every year. Odourless, tasteless and generated from incomplete  combustion from engines, cookers, heaters, outboards, generators etc, it’s a real threat to boating safety. When CO  enters the body, it prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to cells, tissues, and organs. Because you can’t see it, taste  it or smell it, CO will kill quickly without warning. Small concentrations over a long period or high concentrations over a  short period can kill…

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METS 2023: EPT Technologies solid-state battery destruction demo

You can bet that when a company puts out word that they’re going to destroy a new battery technology on the show floor, both Panbo Bens will be there. Ben Ellison even had the honor of playing Vanna White for the demonstration. EPT Technologies, with permission from show management, pierced a solid-state battery cell with a screwdriver. Not once, but twice. Want to know what happened? Read on, but, spoiler alert, both Bens are fine.

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Victron’s new Orion Smart DC-to-DC converter, exciting developments

DC-to-DC converters might not be the most exciting component you will find on a boat, but they play an important role in many modern power systems. Perhaps in part because of their lack of sex appeal, the selection and features of DC-to-DC converters have, until now, been limited. Fortunately, that seems to be changing. I’ll dig into a few other developments in the category later, but first, let’s take a look at what’s new from Victron.