METS 2011, a Kees Verruijt report

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.

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  1. Henning says:

    I visited METS for the first time this year and spent 3 very productive days. I learned so much more here that I will skip next years “boot Düsseldorf” show and have firm plans to come back to METS in 2012. It’s also like Christmas and Easter on the same day as I had a bunch of cool new deck hardware brought from the UK by an exhibitor to save freight for me including a 14′ Forespar telescoping whisker pole which is now in the hotel luggage room. There were two long lines at the reception but they cleared away in an instant when I walked in with the pole on my shoulder, not wanting to be knocked down like Laurel and Hardy.
    As far as electronics go, I have this to add to Kees’ report:
    – Airmar showed a dummy of the famed DST-900 ultrasonic speed and depth transducer outputting NMEA2000. It’s a combination of existing sensors, such as the CS4500, with an external box driving the echo sounder and converting the signals. There was no delivery date but a “maybe spring 2012”
    – Actisense now has a full set of N2K cables and connectors as an alternative to Maretron. I will definitely get their power tee as their’s has a male and a female connector vs. Maretron’s which has two female. So using Actisense’s power tee you don’t have to turn around cables when working on the cabling and you can use more than one power tee to create several groups of devices to power up independently (as I plan to).
    – Victron Energy now has an their inverter connected to N2K. They took part in the connect fest and showed an “integration wall” on their booth. But you can only use or N2K at a time not both.
    – Icom now has a DSC handheld VHF called IC-M91D which is very much like the Standard Horizon HX851E. There is also a new smaller fixed VHF called IC-M423 with a “Commandmic” just like SH’s Ram Mic. It seems that they have taken a good look at some of SH’s products which is a very good idea, I think.
    – There is now an abundance of personal AIS rescue beacons, even two or three from Chinese copycats (I don’t think that this is a good area to start experimenting with quality, though). My first impression is that the best engineered is the Kannad SafeLink R10 which was announced in January. The good thing is that most manufacturers now have mounting solutions on life vests displayed on their stands as sucessful alarming will depend on a high and vertical position. To my knowledge, the Mobilarm Crewsafe V100 is still the only such device with automatic alarming on water contact. I asked if this is legal and got an answer along the lines of “with so many false alerts, what’s a few more…” and “if it is lost overboard, it will sink to the bottom and not alarm anyone”. I would say: there is a point.

  2. greg says:

    Curious if there was anything new from Garmin. Maybe something along the lines of a digital tablet.
    Also, any news of an NSE refresh from Simrad?

  3. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Kees, enjoyed reading your entry Kees, well done!
    Any talk at the booth about sending information from the display back to the remote software application, e.g. the buttons the user presses are used to control the application that is remotely controlling the display? In the display pictured above I can see those buttons along the bottom being used as softkeys.
    I think it would be outstanding if those displays can be under the control of an iThing or Android application where the smartphone can sit in a dry place on the boat connected to power. A major drawback of smartphone applications today is the limited sunlight viewability of the screen, and in smaller boats, keeping the smartphone dry in the cockpit requires tremendous compromise to operating the smartphone. Both problems would be solved if the displays were under the control of / and controlled the smartphone sitting safe down below.
    This could replace those speciality sailing applications like velocitek and rock box which have you locked into using their software only.
    Ben, great picture, I wish I was there.

  4. Kees says:

    Glad you enjoyed three days at the show, I had to do it in just one!
    The picture above is from Offshore Systems, there is no link with an iThing for those; they are pure NMEA 2000.

  5. I covered all the halls during the three days for our company. The new vesper products are great, but far to be release. There is many ipad things coming like raymarine, for Simrad and Garmin. The Dame awards are not very relevant, the green one is fuel, innovation is a bilge temporised contactor (not new like said by jury), I’m not sure the winner is so innovative, a window ?
    OEM Market is weak, this next year will be hard for us…
    But i’m not an angry man, this show is the better i know (not sure with FLIBS), there is many many brands and companies, it missing may be one day.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I got a note from B&G with some more info about the Triton. Edited version:
    * Key point: The Triton display can be dedicated to “Instrument”, dedicated to “Autopilot” or “Autopilot when engaged” (i.e. Instrument while AP is in standby, AP display when engaged).
    * The new B&G autopilots that ship with Triton are based on a common Navico platform and currently is the same hardware as Simrad’s AC12/AC42. But it is true that you cannot control the B&G H3000 Pilot with it (these are Fastnet Bus and different control i/face).

  7. Dave says:

    B&G said to me that the Triton will work with B&G system and not the simrad gear. Which I find strange given their essentially the same

  8. Mark says:

    I have confirmation directly from Navico that the B&G Triton autopilot control pad will work with the Simrad AC42/AP24/AP28 autopilot and not require an additional T41 display. This is good because I find that the Simrad control heads do not have user friendly Auto/Stdby and dodge buttons and the pilot control pad will be a nice addition to a Simrad AP. And the pad can be mounted remotely to provide basic AP controls away from the main display.

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