Panbo logo, & Gizmo lit for the 4th

Panbo Logo draft.jpg

It’s just a draft  — artist I’m not — but maybe someone out there in Panbo land can craft this into something fun for a hat and business card?  The graphic idea is an electronic wave turning into an ocean wave, but I’m open to another design…as long as it floats some boats.  Seriously, the first hat (a nice long-billed, cotton khaki cap) will be yours, plus my undying gratitude.  (If it would help to start with my draft creation in vector form, you can download it as an .ai file.)  Homework is completely optional, of course, and you, like me, may have a holiday to celebrate…

I’m hoping to attend the Camden Harbor 4th of July fireworks in style.  Yesterday evening I finally completed the crawl-and-grunt work needed to power up the two OceanLED Amphibian A6’s mounted on Gizmo’s transom, and I’m pleased with the look.  I chose “warm white” for the color, though the OceanLED office in Ft. Lauderdale suggested otherwise (blue, or maybe bright white, is how’s it done down there).  But I didn’t want to be too obnoxious in an olde New England harbor where underwater lights are almost never seen, and now it’s looking like warm white nicely brings out the green in the water (click on the picture).  I also put the test meter in the line and can verify that the two A6’s put out a lot of light for 12 watts total.
   You can also see the SolLight RailLight Mini on duty, now shifted to the starboard side of the flying bridge, plus the new, and brighter, Premium model mounted at the tip of the boom, both in an effort to light up the flag.  I could see the Premium four LED shine all the way to the head of the harbor as I rowed home, and think it would function fairly well as an anchor light.  At any rate, I’m looking forward to a post fireworks promenade around the harbor, and a few days off, and wish you all a fine holiday too.


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.

8 Responses

  1. Miquel B. says:

    “So many gizmos, so little time!” is more like the original saying…
    After all, you can never have too many gizmos.
    The rest of the logo is aces…

  2. Matt says:

    Your download link does not seem to be working

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Good edit, Miquel; thanks! “So many gizmos…” is more what I meant, and so it shall be.
    Matt, have to tried right clicking, then “save link as” on the download link? That works for me.

  4. Bill Bishop says:

    Ben, I like the logo, and I can clearly see the binary high low NMEA voltage signature in the wave beginning (or something akin to it). I think it’s excellent,and very distinctive just the way it is. Gizmo’s lights are also cool. I alway let the owners pick the color, so I know it is alway the right color when I install them. I will buy the second hat at the PANBO store, but I can’t seem to find it yet. Have a good long weekend. Bill

  5. Craig says:

    The least expensive way to get a professional logo is at this web site:
    You submit a design brief and state what you are willing to pay. Lots of graphics designers who are between jobs submit drafts. You pick what you like best. I’ve been involved with a few start-up companies. Everybody uses this for their first logo.

  6. Boydster says:

    Would like to submit a couple of quickie layouts for your logo but can’t see where to upload.

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Good point! Please email to ben.ellison (at)

  8. BillP says:

    You should check out for your design logo. We used this site and were very,very pleased with the result and the entire creative process. How cool to harness such talent from around the world to create fresh new designs.
    You can see the logo we selected from a ton of submissions at, an effort we’re developing to bring propane-powered outboards to the cruising community.
    Good luck with the project!

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