NMEA 2011 Technology Award, the pace quickens

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. RichardD says:

    For non-pilots David Clark may be a new name but they are the “gold standard” in aviation headsets for general aviation, helicopters and military use. I’ve never in 30 years worn a pair out, always upgraded every few years as they came up with new and better designs. Even at 68 and after 3,000+ hours in noisy GA airplanes I can still hear!
    There are probably better noise-canceling aviation headsets (especially the kilobuck Bose) but no better or more rugged construction exists. We’re taking a couple along on our sailboat just in case it gets really bad.
    Richard D

  2. Ben,
    It would be interesting to see a full review of the Boatranet product. It looks like it’s aimed at the “trade” rather than yacht owners. Checking their website, I worry about the quality of their documentation, marketing and sales prowess (although I like their YouTube channel). But if it’s really solid….

  3. John Konrad says:

    “when will computer viruses be totally conquered” Well I haven’t received a computer virus on any of the 3 computers I run daily in, at least, the at least five years…. and two of them I run without a firewall. Of course, none of them run any microsoft software (but they aren’t all Apples either!).

  4. MaineFog says:

    I visited the Cactus Marine (MD) booth at the Annapolis Powerboat Show to see the Digital Yacht Boatranet and AIS products. It was Thursday and raining so it was not busy and we got a great intro and demo of the products. A lot of clever engineering and electronic development going on here.

  5. HenryD says:

    I too looked at the Digital Yacht Boatranet at the Annapolis Powerboat show. As I understand it, it is a lynix blackbox with a built in web server to display the data from the boat. It shows data from several existing systems including NMEA 2000. the connectivity to iPad, iPhone, etc is pretty nice. I am not sure if it makes sense for me to use Boatranet vs the N2Kview solution which can also show to an iPad/iPhone. The cost of Boatranet is much less than the other solution.

  6. JonasB says:

    Have not tried the Clark system, but suspect mine is better. I took two Blueant motorcycle intercom/cell systems and mounted them in hollowed out Sony headsets. Got the older non-stereo intercoms so one ear is open to air and the other one listens to the intercom. Full duplex, great voice quality, no wires to a belt-unit, (its small enough to mount on the headset), noise cancelling and really long rechargeable battery life. All it took was a screwdriver, a file and some glue. The intercoms are highly rated by motorcyclists which have a tougher environment then marinas. The headphones were chosen for full over the ear comfort. Great for bike riding as well.

  7. Harmonicahutch says:

    I am equipping a new (used) boat and am coming down to the wire : it’s time to make final purchases of electronics. I bout an Airmar PB200 weather station on the top of the mast, and already display the data with a Furuno N2K display at the wheel. I would also like to see wind & GPS data on my iPad. I keep asking other boat-owners if they have seen Boatranet installed, but never met one. There is lots of literature saying what a lovely concept it is, and I agree, but does it work in practice? Also is it worth the extra money rather than buying a cheaper NMEA-WiFi gateway like the Comar NMEA2wifi?
    Once before I bought new electronics because I liked the concept, but always felt I wasted money because it didn’t work well in practice. What has been the field experience?

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