Look, Ma, I’m blogging!

BenPLandingL_smallBen Ellison here, pleased to introduce myself as the new editor of Panbo.com. Yme Bosma did a fine job of starting this weblog last year, and I’m pleased to report that he’s staying on to manage and grow the technology behind it. Between us, we hope to take advantage of this new medium to create a lively window into the fascinating and fast-moving world of marine electronics.

As for me, I’m a life-long boat guy — cruiser, delivery captain, navigation instructor, almanac editor, sucker for odd vessels, etc. etc. — who’s lived on the coast of Maine since buying an old 40’ wooden sloop here in 1971.  Nowadays I’m the Electronics Editor for both Power & Motoryacht and Sail magazines (who owns and enjoys both kinds of boats). I’m also an advisor for Marine Electronics Journal and write columns for Voyaging and Maine Boats & Harbors. I’ve watched yacht and work boat navigation go from RDF and celestial to satellites and PCs, and am enthusiastic to see where the heck the technology is headed next. Yme and I hope you’ll join us as a reader and/or contributor to blog about it! 

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. Yme Bosma says:

    Welcome Ben!
    You’ve been a great source of inspiration from the beginning of this weblog, I think it’s great your a part of its future now!

  2. Patrick says:

    Glad to see someone is goign to be taking care of Panbo. Now I think we need to come up with a name for the sailing\boating blogosphere. 🙂 See ya on the beach after you set the hook!

  3. Eli says:

    Hello Ben….welcome! I have to say it was a lonely bunch of months with no new Panbo news, so I am pretty excited to see things back up and running again.

  4. Bruce says:

    This is great stuff. I will enjoy this!

  5. Aaron says:

    Fantastic!I just now saw that Panbo resumed publishing. Welcome to the boat blogging community! And good posts, too.

  6. Jean-Francois du Coudray says:

    Hello Ben, Thanks for your great articles, even though I own a motor vessel, I tend to follow the electronic that are available and grateful for you sharing your experience. I see that Simrad is on your list of favourites, and request for an AP11 spare controller from you our your readers.
    We had a 65kn storm in Richards Bay harbour and the fly bridge unit got damaged and swamped.
    Failing that, could one convert a Nmea2000 controller via an actisense to nmea183 and connect it to the Simrad J300X? Have you or your readers carried out this connection successfully? Your input would be appreciated. Many thanks. John

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Dang! Today marks 18 years since I posted this entry, my first on Panbo, and it tickles me that the site is still cooking. Big thanks to Ben Stein and readers everywhere.

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