Gizmo 2014, glass bridge shakedown cruising #1

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.

7 Responses

  1. Pat McQueen says:

    Great update Ben. On the Navionics Sonar Chart there are three lines – Two red and one black. Is the black your current trip and the red a recorded track from a previous trip? On this image:

  2. Robert Bartlett says:

    Another exemplary article, great links and very nicely engineered on the boat. What’s the funny looking glass dome with the little man in front of it ?? There must be a rather large C.C. With the various systems running? Cheers … R. Bartlett

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Robert! I understand that the mechanical device under the dome can sense the earth’s magnetic fields and render a crude approximation of Heading. Complex calibration is often required, users have to take care not to introduce interference, and the additional corrections needed vary from place to place. I’ve heard that it was a controversial device when first introduced, but went on to be standard equipment for centuries.
    The figure in the striped shirt is the son in the Adams Family, and I refer to the cartoon family, not the TV show. One of my daughters gave it to me, possibly in reference to my sometimes devilish nature:

  4. Rick R says:

    The only thing missing is a mount for your iPad.

  5. HenryD says:

    I have not figured out how to post a photo in the reply. I started this spring with removing my Raymarine RL80Cs and radar. I bought the Simrad NSO evo2 which missed delivery by about a month but I finally got all the parts. Rebuilt the helm with twin MO16-T monitors, OP40 controller, the NSO evo2 black box, 4G radar, RS90 radio, RS35 radio and HS35 wireless handset.
    I have Rosepoint Coastal Explorer and Maretron N2Kview on two Lenovo M92P Tiny PCs connected to the DVI inputs on the monitors.
    This weekend will be the shakedown test run on the autopilot integration.
    The FusionLink is still having some issues.
    The cabling took a lot more time than I anticipated.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Sorry, HenryD, but Panbo still doesn’t have a way for readers to upload photos. But you can send them to me (ben at and maybe I can add one as another PS or use in another entry. Sounds like a very nice setup and I hope it shakes out well.
    You didn’t mention having an AIS transponder, but if so, expect the RS35 to alarm you about the danger of colliding with yourself! That’s a glitch I failed to mention in this entry. Simrad has acknowledged that the radio doesn’t identify its own MMSI as a friendly target and fixing that is on the update list. In the meantime you can turn off the alarm or all AIS rx in the radio (it will be there as backup if transponder fails).

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Fired up the fly bridge Simrad NSS16 evo2 for the first time today…and it’s gorgeous. It also auto installed itself with NSS7, 4G radar, GoFree WiFi, and extensive N2K network perfectly. Almost. StructureScan is not getting from NSS7 to 16 though CHIRP sonar is.
    So I called tech support and, joy of joys, got an informative support guy right away. There’s a new (July 16) software version that should do the trick, but he also advised me to do the update to each MFD with neither N2K nor Ethernet attached. That precaution is not in the generic update instructions so pass it around to your friends with new evo2 displays.

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