Gizmo south: TFU, IBEX, NMEA, HSR & other self promotions

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.

8 Responses

  1. Arch F says:

    Ben, Looking forward to seeing you at Hampton. My hope is that we are able to get into how tablets can integrate into the navigation system of the boat overall. And of course that we don’t get bogged down in the argument of whether tablets (and other iThings) should be used for navigation at all.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    All sounds good to me, Arch.

  3. A pity all the action is on the East coast.. I’d love to see you on the left coast, Ben (tho you’ll have to make it fairly soon – we’re moving aboard and sailing away by next summer..:-).

  4. Michael says:

    Sounds as though you’ll have fun Ben! I’m not going to IBEX this year, though, since we are on the other side of the pond (as you probably know). Just now we are in Delfzijl, but moving to Groningen and on to Leiden shortly.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Michael; I’ve been enjoying your blog posts and many photographs. Great to see Barbara traveling some of the byways you designed her for many moons ago. Also just thought to add Barbara to my MarineTraffic “Fleet” and find I can now animate your track for 60 days back (if you were being picked by shore volunteers).
    And congrats to Hartley on the “sail away” plan.
    I’ll bet both of you have ideas about how keep your electronics at reasonable cost while also up to snuff. Please share.

  6. SheltieJim says:

    I think you meant “kibitz about”, as “kibbutz” is a sort of cooperative farm. ;^) (I’m an editor; I can’t help myself!)

  7. Richard C says:

    Ben, Just a comment on the iPad used as a navigation tool – Last year I tried using an iPad Air with Garmin, BlueChart aboard a sailboat in the PNW for navigation. It worked well enough to save the day, however, in my opinion the iPad will never replace a sunlight readable chartplotter in an open cockpit. I found the display totally washed out in even overcast weather. Had to find shade below deck or under a dodger in order to read what was on the screen.
    When Tablets add a sunlight readable display they will become a serious navigation tool. In the mean time, they are just a second rate backup. Same goes for cellphones. I’m always shaking my head whenever I see someone trying to read the screen on their iPhone on a sunny day. When will Apple realize that people use their iPhone outside in all kinds of weather? We are not stuck in a vacuum inside a building in Cupertino.

  8. Michael says:

    Hi Ben,
    The best trick I have for keeping costs down is to use a PC instead of a dedicated chartplotter. All the rest of my instruments are discrete units that talk to each other only as necessary. This also lets me use a BIG screen, so I can see detail over a pretty big area.
    Using a PC also allows me to run PC-Navigo over here — with its database of about all European canals.

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