Garmin visit #3, WFO

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.

11 Responses

  1. Sandy Daugherty says:

    I think we would all agree how thankful we are for the sacrifices you make to further the Science of Marine Electronics, Ben. That’s a robotic fish, right? It just returned to download important data about the food chain, ambient temperatures, and other important ecological information?

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Robotic, hell; the fillets from that fish would have made me a hero to family and neighbors, except that snapper aren’t in season yet and we carefully released all of them.
    Incidentally, the best-of-both-worlds combination of touch and buttoned MFDs you see on this boat is not uncommon. But Bill says he doesn’t have much trouble working the touch screen in most any sea or speed conditions.

  3. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Being Texan, I guess there is not MOB system, even though it sounds like it could use one.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    That sounds kind of ignorant, Dan. If you read the Soundings piece, which is very good, you’ll learn that Platt carries lots of safety gear. But MOB systems are pretty rare everywhere, even on sail boats where the crew are more likely to go overboard.

  5. Francis says:

    MOB is generally introduced and on board of most eurpean sailing yachts ! We are fully equipped !
    Francis on Hanse 375

  6. bwp says:

    I do like the perspective chart view …. I use it alot offshore.
    Here are a couple of videos I shot of both the Mariners Eye and Perspective View.
    Offshore …..
    Inshore …..

  7. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Forgive me, I had half a bottle of wine and thought I was being humourous, re-reading it now it’s not funny. Should have kept my fingers off the keyboard.
    Yes, MOB is quite rare with sailboats. So are radar reflectors, radar, MOM-9, connecting VHF radios to receive lat/lon, all of which I have (except for MOB). Even a lifesling is seen on less than 1/3 of the sailboats around here.
    Francis, I am surprised by what you wrote about MOB. Could you tell us what region your speaking of and share with us what the rough % penetration of each of the following is (vhf radios configured for emergency alerts with gps position via DSC; lifesling, radar reflector, MOB, AIS receive only, AIS transmit & receive, radar, SART, EPIRB, other.)

  8. Anonymous says:

    for recreational boaters (sail & motor) in Spain for cruising offshore up to 12nm VHF&DSC (this includes GPS and a valid MMSI) are mandatory. For 60nm you have to carry a secondary handheld VHF (SOLAS approved), EPIRB (automatic) and life raft. Beyond that – going to the Canaries for instance – you are obliged to carry SSB&MW and Navtext.
    Radar reflectors (passive) you need in any case for all boats with composite or wooden body.
    All the equipment has to be homologated by the Spanish authorities and installed by an authorized technician. Quite expensive. And the homologation expires if the manufactures does not renew it.
    All boats have to pass inspection every 5 years. Chartes boats more often.
    This is valid for boats registered in Spain or skippered by Spanish residents only.
    AIS is not required (yet) and not very widespread on recreational boats.

  9. denny-o says:

    Well, I am disappointed that you did not have an xHD update… I have a 4212 MFD in my Ranger Tug and I have been wanting to add radar but I keep waiting (and waiting) for Garmin to either make the xHD series work like it should or add HD and predictive ship tracking to the 604 open array…

  10. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Bill Bishop was out on the Gulf the day after I was, also with Garmin gear, and did a great job of blogging about it here:
    Neither of us knew at the time that the Gulf was about to be horribly damaged by the oil spill. My heart is out to boaters in that area, and our planet.

  11. Mike says:

    Ben, on the Garmin 7000 series Chartplotters, might you know if they use LED or CCFL backlights? I am hoping for LED, but in either case, are they truly viewable in sunlight?

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