NIBS #1, electronics tidbits

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.

10 Responses

  1. Atsushi inoue says:

    I’ve heard the rumor that aged Raymarine’s PC I/F box would be updated and would have some neat interface such as USB, Ethernet and WiFi. Is there any indication about that at the show?

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Sorry, I didn’t get to spend much time with Raymarine in Newport, and haven’t heard that rumor. But I will be going to the NMEA Conference next week, followed by the IBEX boatbuilders show, and then FLIBS (Fort Lauderdale) …so I will have a chance!

  3. Gram Schweikert says:

    I got to play with the new Raymarine products a bit over the weekend as well, not in Newport, but in Auckland New Zealand where they moved the annual boatshow to coincide with Rugby World Cup. I thought the i70 and p70 were beautiful and my 5 minutes of playing went well thought I didn’t get much beyond that. I thought the iPad app needs the ability to control the MFD to be added ASAP. The iPad display just begs to be pinched and panned. Not saying it needs full control of all functions, but they do need to add the ability to pan an zoom before I think this has any real value. Also played with the new KVH Mini-Vsat V3 which Electronic Navigation Ltd (NZ distributor) had running to allow full browsing on a computer at the show. Dome is not much bigger than a FB150 and at just $1 per megabyte the $16k hardware cost might just be worth it. Biggest problem for sales down here is that Fiji and Vanuatu are out of the coverage area though apparently a new bird launched recently which should fix that I believe.

  4. Any word on an Android version of the app for the e7?

  5. Richard C says:

    Really bright displays are wonderful when you see them at the show but once installed and working with them at night they become blinding. Bright displays need an ambient light sensor like the Garmin chart plotters have in order to adjust for night time/day time use. In my opinion, the ancient NEXUS displays had the brightness level just right for practical use.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Richard, LED backlighting is also suppossed to be good for very low but even nightlighting. That seems to be the case with the Simrad NSE12 and I’ll bet its true of these new LED instruments too.
    I think an ambient light sensor is useful but I usually end up tweaking light levels at night anyway. I do like how most same brand N2K MFD/instrument systems can be dimmed and color changed simultaneously.

  7. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    With color displays, much more so than B&W displays, I have found it really tough to adjust the display brightness in daylight after having turned it down for use at night.
    The next generation of display could really benefit from an ambient light sensor. Although I suppose this specific issue could be dealt with some display logic that automatically bumps up the display brightness at power-on rather than remembering a super low brightness setting from the night before.

  8. Dave says:

    Just back from Southampton Boat Show, I played with the i70 and the E7, the i70 impresses, the E7 did not, confusing menu system thats very different from previous Raymarine products. Confusion between touch and joystick operation. Ray need to refine this a good bit.
    The new Triton from B&G seems good, but at the show was only showing preproduction software. B&G rep was unsure though that the B&G unit would work out of the box on a SIMNet. Is there a difference under teh hood, between Zeus and NSE/NSO

  9. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    “B&G rep was unsure though that the B&G unit would work out of the box on a SIMNet.”
    Oy! There’s no Triton manual online yet, but I’d be shocked if the T41 display didn’t work fine with N2K wind, depth, etc. data on a Simrad system, or Raymarine, Garmin, Maretron, Airmar, etc. And I’m pretty sure that it will calibrate SimNet sensors, do synchronized display dimming with Simrad NSO/NSE/NSS MFDs, and serve as an control head for Simrad autopilots with the keypad.
    I think the real question is how well it integrates with existing B&G technology, like FastNet! The B&G site ( ) says nothing about this, only “Choose a simple network and expand it to fit your requirements with full B&G Zeus navigation system compatibility.” To my knowledge there is NO difference between a Zeus and the Simrad MFDs, except for extra sailing and weather software features, and the brand label.
    As noted, Navico has challenged itself to persuade sailors that there is a new world of lower-end B&G gear (based on Simrad/Lowrance technology), and apparently that applies to B&G sales people 😉

  10. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    PS: Here’s a video from the Southampton Show that has footage of Triton T41, Ray i70 and p70, and Garmin GDL40 in action:

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