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METS 2012 show report part 3: wrap up

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  1. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Part III, what a nice surprise this morning. This series is beyond well done, these three entries need to be submitted for a BWI award, perhaps the category of “Boating News and Analysis”!

  2. Richard C says:

    Im really surprised that none of the marine electronic companies have thought of making a simple chain counter in NMEA 2000.
    I know there used to be a New Zealand company called AutoAnchor, (now OOB) that made a chain counter with 0183 output using their own dedicated display, however, what I’m looking for is a chain counter that connects to N2K and displays on all the displays and chart plotters. How hard can that be? All the technology is already out there it really only takes pulling it together in one package.
    In my opinion, there is a solid market for this. Anchoring is a serious evolution on any boat and knowing how much chain is going over the side is critical.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    AutoAnchor is alive and well but now belongs to Kiwi Yachting. In fact, they just announced a new AA601 black box rode counter: http://goo.gl/ARojS
    But I agree that a NMEA 2000 counter would be nice. The developer would have to write a custom PGN, though, as I find no mention of anchors, rode, or chain in the N2K Standard PGN & fields list:
    http://www.nmea.org/Assets/july%202010%20nmea2000_v1-301_app_b_pgn_field_list.pdf

  4. Thx for all the great great METS reports!
    I have a huge problem with so-called marine flash lights that are round (cylindrical). Have these designers ever been on a boat? OK 700 lumens is bright but a $300 flash light? Really? I bought a Dorcy http://www.amazon.com/Dorcy-41-4750-Lumen-Flashlight-Batteries/dp/B002OOZERY/ref=cm_lmf_tit_11_rsrsrs0
    Not 700 lumens but I’ve been VERY happy with it. I could buy 15+ for the price of one EX2.

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