Korean marine electronics tour, w/ apps & gadgets

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.

13 Responses

  1. Dave D says:

    Hi Ben
    Just discovered waterfi.com.Have you checked it out?
    If not ,take a look.They are working on the ipad.

  2. bosunj says:

    Not at all surprised that you wrote Asian airports are much friendlier. Not just for communication purposes either. Having lived in Asia for most of my adult life the most surprising thing is people from DUHmerica being surprised by it.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I’m back from the boat show and realize that my Instagram photos at the end really only illustrate a lighter cut of what I saw. They’re fun though, and note if you click on any one you’ll get to a stream with captions. The bigger view of what’s happening with leisure marine in Korea is fascinating and I’ll try to cover it eventually. Now I need rest šŸ˜‰

  4. peter c says:

    Cold jelly fish with mustard sauce?
    You are braver than me if you tucked into that!

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Actually tasty, Peter, and not difficult visually (must have been tentacles, not blobby). The nearly black quarter egg aged in tea was more disconcerting but also tasty.
    We’ll be busing up to the Intellian R&D center fairly soon and I’ll add to the Instagram stream above.

  6. John M says:

    I know you are at the show to primarily review marine electronics and related systems, but if you have the bandwidth, develop a shortlist of the local builders that impress you, I’m specifically interested in trawler yachts: not the high-end stuff, but more diesel duck types.

  7. SheltieJim says:

    Ben, I’m actually in Korea right now (as I’m typing this); I’m in Gyeongju, which is only 30 or 40 km north of Pusan. Korea is a great country and the people are very warm, friendly, and helpful. And, as you are discovering, the food is wonderful. Enjoy your time here. I presume the show you’re attending is in Seoul (or environs), so I’ll wave tomorrow as I travel by (bullet) train to Seoul and then out to Incheon airport.

  8. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    John, my knowledge is thin but I don’t think Korean boatbuilders are yet ready to build export cruising boats. However, it surges looks like they will be eventually. The government is putting a lot of resources into building a local market and encouraging a leisure marine industry. It also seems quite possible that an established brand will partner to build boats in Korea and that we will also see charter companies set up around the south coast, which is reported to have exquisite cruising and sport fishing potential. And these folks get stuff done.

  9. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Good testing! Neither inReach nor Spot has as sensitive a GPS as Bad Elf Pro but both did eventually locate themselves through a bus window. See About page for inReach Share Map link. Plus Spot is sending one way messages, and inReach both ways, no problem.

  10. Jim Klauser says:

    Hi Ben, Looks like the tracking feature of your InReach is working well from Korea. Enjoy!
    Jim in Seattle

  11. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Wish it the inReach GPS would work on the bullet train, but I guess that’s a lot ask.
    Korea Maritime Universty was beautiful and impressive. Blown away by Dr. Yung’s NMEA 2000 lab.

  12. John Konrad says:

    Hi Ben, We have to get on the same page as I’m just back from a press tour sponsored by Maersk of the world’s largest ship ( http://gcaptain.com/maersk-triple-e-detailed/ ) which is being built just south of Busan… would have loved to have stayed for the Intellian tour šŸ˜‰

  13. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Wow, yes, I sure would have appreciated a look at that ship and yard. But glad I did at least get a peek at the Maritime University (5,000 students, no tuition) and beautiful Busan. John, gCaptain looks great!

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