Gizmo 2010-2011, Happy New Year!

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.

23 Responses

  1. Jeffrey Siegel says:

    Happy new year, Ben! I’m looking forward to sharing an anchorage with you somewhere next year with a few rounds of Dark ‘n Stormy’s…

  2. Bremer Speck says:

    Hi Ben, thanks for the many interesting reports and sometimes exciting debates (AIS B…) this year. I visit Panbo daily and have learned a lot from it.
    Happy new Year!

  3. CAW says:

    Our best to you and yours.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Ben: Just love the room on Gizmo, I hadn’t realized you have so many nice toys (I suspected it!!!). Happy New Year, thank you for running this site, it keeps me entertained and informed to no end!
    For the new year – five wishes, since my sailboat cockpit doesn’t have the real estate you have on Gizmo!
    1. N2K Wireless wind transducers
    2. “Hole-less” knot logs in N2K
    3. The perfect cockpit 4-5″ multi-screen instrument or chartplotter that will show everything on the N2K network and fit in the Navpod in the size of an ST-60.
    4. N2K AIS B transponder (with built in splitter?)
    5. A Seatalk 1, Seatalk NG, NMEA N2K and 0183 converter that flows in all directions and actually coverts all PGNs and 0183 / Seatalk codes in a single box with low power consumption!
    2011 will be fun!
    Thank you again Ben! This site is great!

  5. Reed Erskine says:

    Happy New Year from s/v Cayenne lying Guadeloupe. Your enthusiasm is infectious, which makes Panbo the special resource that it is. Recent AIS discussion highly illuminating. Class B, filtered or not, is great. I’ve had many nice exchanges with big ships at sea who could see my AIS class B signal at 8-10 miles with my antenna only 14 ft. above the water. I can see them coming at 15-20 miles, and they’ve always been happy to talk to a sailboat at 3 o’clock in the morning (a little break from the boredom) and alter course when needed. I’ll be 64 tomorrow, and pursuing a rum based diet in hopes of not living too long for my own good.

  6. Kees says:

    Happy new year Ben & Panbots!
    Sounds like a great plan that 2011 cruise…
    As a belated Christmas present, I’ve just released (under GPL v3) a small script that will run on any Linux, Mac or Windows system that has a AIS receiver (or transmitter) wired up and transmits the received data over TCP/IP. This can be seen as a small proof-of-concept NMEA-to-TCP server.

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Kees! I was just fooling with a relatively new iPad AIS app called Sea Hawk, which lets a user pick his own TCP/IP feed. It’s a dite buggy, but may work with your script (and only costs $2).
    And hey, Reed, good to hear from you and glad you made it to the tropics. I hear tell there’s going to be freshly imported Brugal 5 Star at my neighborhood party tonight. I will toss back a nip in your direction. (Once spend several weeks docked on a research vessel within sight of the factory in Peurta Plata, DR, and could watch my crew standing in line for the tasting tour, then coming out the other side and getting in line again πŸ˜‰

  8. bob bergoffen says:

    I have adapted a Maretron EMS100 to work with a new Westerbeke 55D4 that was installed this winter in my Gozzard 36. If you are interested, I woul be glad to send you the details.

  9. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Happy New Year from Shanghai, China.
    Long Life, Prosperity, and Happiness to you Ben and all the many commenters on Panbo that make this the number one destination on the web, every day, even while traveling!

  10. MMesserli says:

    Happy New Year to you too. I am in the Midwest and have had a foot of snow the last two days so we are hunkered down for the New Year. Wish I was sailing in some place warm like the other posters. Just found your site this year and have been following you on a regular basis. Appreciate your reviews and coverage of such a great field. I have started my own blog and aspire to be as popular at you someday. My site is more focused on Marine Apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. I just started to review some Android Apps too. I would appreciate a link and will link your site on mine also.
    Hope to stop back to Panbo often in the new year!

  11. Jeffrey says:

    Ben – Keep up the good work, if you have the time during the Miami Boat Show let me know I’ll host a few at our club CRYC in Coconut Grove. Happy New Year!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Happy New Year Ben
    Here on the west coast we enjoy and learn a lot from you and the others that post.
    If you feel the bug, there is an open invitation to you and the Mrs. to come to CA for some winter boating. It has been cold recently…Got down to 53 degrees! πŸ™‚
    All the best and thanks for all you do.

  13. Ben,
    Great shots of Gizmo, and pretty cool idea about under-mounting the new flatscreen. I’ll look forward to hearing more about how that project came out. I like the overhead console too – but why does the Icom 604 show “no position, no time”? …Hate it when that happens… πŸ™‚
    Seriously, all the best in 2011 and keep up the great work,

  14. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    You caught me, Grant! I never did get around to connecting a GPS to the Icom this season; my patience for NMEA 0183 wiring has grown thin πŸ˜‰ But I am planning to do a series of DSC tests in the lab this winter, and I’ll have to get into it.

  15. Yes, I can relate about NMEA 0183 wiring. I’ll be interested to see what you discover during your DSC testing – currently (ver. 2.05), the Furuno MFD on our vessel will provide the 0183 position data TO the Icom 602 VHF, but will not accept the DSC data FROM the radio to display DSC calls….one of the many litle bugs we’re hoping to see addressed in the next version.

  16. Michael says:

    Happy New Year from Bermuda, where we are now after spending Christmas in Conn. Had a beautiful run just after the big storm. All my antiquated electronics worked perfectly, I saw the big ships on our AIS and they saw us. We’ll be here a week or 2 (71ΒΊ this morning) and then on to the tropics. Gizmo could do the trip (not Bermuda, but the tropics) by island-hopping from Fla.

  17. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Great to hear from you, Michael. You are certainly proving that your design is as much a “go anywhere” motorboat as it is “live anywhere” and that must be very satisfying. And hats off to your seamanship, too. I just read your log about losing your rudder on the way to Bermuda a year ago…and steering with a drogue made from a deck chair. WOW!

  18. David says:

    Ben: Off topic. What make are your engine controls?

  19. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    David, Gizmo’s two shift/throttle sets are electronic models made by Volvo Penta. I like their smooth, easy operation a lot, but did have trouble at one point with a lower throttle that sometimes shifted into forward on its own. It turned out to be a loose connector, which was disconcerting, but it has not happened again since I secured the connector better.

  20. David says:

    Thanks Ben.
    We have a “new” boat. Old boat (twin engines) had only one steering station but with single lever dual function controls, which were nice. New boat (single engine) has two stations with, at each station, the
    ubiquitous Morse dual lever single function units. Am looking for unit to serve two stations with single lever dual function and yours looked interesting.

  21. DaveV says:

    I don’t know why I didn’t notice this sooner – but is there really a Furuno Radome on Gizmo that is just below the windsreen on your flybridge?
    Do you really want that 4Kw coming back at you? Not only that but sidelobes from that small dome antenna are going to cause ghosting as well. Why would not want to know what is behind you in a fog? I’ve been very close to WA State Ferry’s who arrive only announced on AIS, but many other intimidating vessels can approach from behind without an AIS transponder.
    I’ve always wanted to know why people mount radomes at “private parts” level and give up 50% of the scan range – please fill me in!

  22. Kees says:

    Dave, I suggest you take a look at the number of radar scanners that Ben’s got installed:
    It’s hard to install -FOUR- radomes without compromising something on a normal sized boat…

  23. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Right, that Furuno radome mount was especially temporary — the wonders of Velcro! — and was due to the fact that the Garmin xHD open array was occupying a lot of space on Gizmo’s antenna mast. Which is largely why I’ve returned the GMR604 and hope next season to go with the four radome arrangement I had in 2009, visible these days at the top of the Forum:
    By the way, the Furuno DRS2D is 2.2kW.

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