Kees’ cool sloop Merrimac, home of CANboat and more

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.

6 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Sorry that I hardly mentioned Merrimac’s navigation electronics, which are a mix of Navico brands plus PC charting. You can see some of it in action in this video of last summer’s trip to the Azores, along with how Kees can neatly use his pilot house Lowrance MFD from the cockpit:
    And here:

  2. Gerard says:

    That’s us in the first shot in the first video, enjoying the trip from Harlingen to Lissabon via La Coruna and some more stops, together with Kees. Comfortable warm in the doghouse and also eating delicous Rendang in the Gulf of Biscay made by his lovely wife Marjon for us. She stayed home to watch the kids but would join the trip later on.
    Super trip on a superb yacht, loved playing with the electronics as employee of Navico as practice on the high seas. Much more fun then from behind my desk.
    Would jump to the chance to sail Merrimac again.
    Many thanks to Kees for asking us.

  3. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Wow, Thanks for Sharing!

  4. Leo Starrenburg says:

    Great article Ben ! It does show how much work I have in front of me … 😉

  5. eliboat says:

    Very cool! That is really one sweet boat for so many different reasons. Anxious to try out the iKommunicate gateway when they start shipping out orders. Thank you Kees! Make sure you enjoy as much time as possible on Merrima.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Cool too! There’s another high tech expert who enjoys marine electronics and can write well about it. Steve Mitchell of Seattle has been blogging occasional but excellent testing reviews for years but now he’s got a new sailboat:

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