FLIBS 2012 redo #1, Raymarine Lighthouse v5

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    PS I updated the test e7 on Gizmo to L5 no problem, and am glad to see some less publicized features like improved N2K Source Selection (still a Ray weakness) and diagnostic N2K data logging. But the e127 and further testing will have to wait as I’m headed back to Maine tomorrow and won’t return to Gizmo for at least a month. Sigh ;-(
    Incidentally, the “FLIBs redo” title is because I intend to publish all the tweets I did at the show in this visually better and more annotated format.

  2. Batteryman says:

    I tooo was excitd about the update, but there does not appear to be any documentation yet on the IP camera formats, and which standards they should conform to.
    I also noticed that improved alarms were mentioned, (perhaps an overheating engine alarm) but again no documentation yet 🙁

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Did you look in the new (10/2012) “a, c & e Series Installation and Operation Handbook”? I searched it on “IP Camera” and saw numerous references, though no specifics on formats and standards supported. Are there several?
    Manual download here: http://goo.gl/E46k0

  4. Anonymous says:

    IP Camera Product Requirements:
    – Must support H.264 video compression
    – Must support RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol)
    – Must support ONVIF (ONVIF User Authentication must be disabled)
    – Must have DHCP enabled & Dynamic IP set to ON
    – Supports up to 720p resolution

  5. Capt. John says:

    Ben, I have a low tech solution for cruisers to be able to stream live video through open access points. Just get your boat a Skype account and turn on auto-answer. Set your security, or which ever, camera as the Skype video source. Skype up the boat from any phone or computer with Skype app loaded and free live streaming through any access point. Quality is great. Confirm all is well and hang up. Easy as that. Of course you must leave your computer on for this to work.

  6. Kenneth the Viking says:

    I am really exited about the fuel manager. I have an e7 and an e7d hooked up to a Suzuki DF250 in my little 22′ cabin cruiser and I’m very happy with them so far (installed them this spring). It’ll be interesting to see how accurately the e7’s can calculate total fuel used based on the fuel flow.
    The boat is out of the water and in in-door storage for the winter, so I wont install the latest update until spring.

  7. Kenneth the Viking says:

    Just thought I’d mention this as well:
    I got the small Suzuki electronic instrument (a Lowrance LMF-200 with a Suzuki badge) in addition to the e7’s. (I needed it to configure the engine interface and having another screen to display data doesn’t exactly hurt).
    The problem is that for fuel economy it uses the selected units for fuel flow (liters and nautical miles in my case), but it uses American convention and shows it as nautical miles pr liter. In Norway we use exactly the opposite, liters pr nautical mile.
    The new, updated, PDF-manual isn’t clear on this, but I do REALLY hope I can set up the fuel economy data to show something I don’t need a calculator to make any sense of…

  8. Batteryman says:

    Thanks anonymous, I’ll give it a try on Friday. 🙂

  9. Jim McGowan says:

    Hi Kenneth,
    I just wanted to let you know that the fuel manager in our LightHouse v5 software allows you 3 selections for units: distance per volume, volume per distance, or liters per 100km. I think that solves what you were asking about.
    You can also select your volume units to read out as US Gallons, Imperial Gallons or Liters.
    Jim McGowan, Raymarine, Inc.

  10. Kenneth the Viking says:

    That sounds great! Can’t wait for the next season so I can test it.
    Thanks for the information Jim!

  11. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Cool! FLIR and Simrad just announced “the integration of FLIR’s M‐Series Premium Thermal Night Vision Systems with the Simrad NSE Network Navigation and NSS Touchscreen multifunction displays. Now these Simrad multifunction displays will include seamless integration and control of FLIR’s entire M‐Series lineup…”
    The press release has no further details about the integration — and I wonder if it will be as sophisticated as Raymarine’s or Furuno’s latest, but this is certainly more proof that FLIR is serious about its “two brand” strategy. Which is good news for boaters, I think.

  12. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I’m gobsmacked! (Tip of hat toward the U.K.) While Raymarine was releasing one great Lighthouse update after another, apparently the lads and lassies were also developing an entirely new Lighthouse II, announced today:
    Yes, indeed, a whole new chart engine that supports NOAA raster and vector cartography, all of which will be free to owners of a, c, e, and gS displays in December! Plus a bunch of goodies like an auto databar hide feature that will make your screen all chart and/or radar, etc.
    I get a demo on the water Saturday morning in Lauderdale.

  13. Sounds & looks great, Ben – I’m looking forward to your report on the reality..:-)

  14. Capt. John says:

    Ben, please see how this effects the Evolution Auto Pilot screens. Thanks!

  15. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    John, the EVO autopilot controls in LightHouse II are the same as what you see in the current LightHouse. You don’t need a separate AP control unless you want access to the fishing manuevers.
    Hartley, I saw LightHouse II underway today and even the beta is handling NOAA vector and raster data with speed. It looks good too. More to come.

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