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Ben Ellison
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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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RE: Vesper Cortex Questions

@newfd90 Well, I'm a big FloatHub, but it works exceptionally well with a Vesper XB8000 because, despite the limitations, Vesper multiplexes more N2K info into its 0183HS (and WiFi) output than any ot...

In forum Network Your Boat

9 months ago
Really solved?

Hi @NewfD90. If you're the person who marked your post [SOLVED], that's great. Otherwise, I could help a bit. The thing I know is that Vesper's list of translated N2K PGNs is fairly small and aimed at...

In forum Network Your Boat

9 months ago
RE: Marine Electronics Certification

Right, and a lot of the NMEA certification trainings are being done virtually these days:

In forum General Marine Electronics

10 months ago
RE: Old Nexus to Wifi

@malanglo, I think you also need a Garmin GND Nexus to NMEA 2000 bridge:

In forum Projects

10 months ago
RE: Electronics retrofit

@newfd90 "I'm going to try adding a cheap transparent WiFi<->Ethernet bridge on the SeaTalkNG network and dump the packets." I think you mean SeaTalk HS network, right? SeaTalkNG is NMEA 2000/Ca...

In forum General Marine Electronics

10 months ago
RE: Garmin 86sci Shout Out

"In fact, the 94 ais-enabled-dsc obviates the transponder for most craft." What craft? The M94 is neat but it's not even a good substitute for an onboard AIS receiver that uses a decent antenna to lis...

In forum General Marine Electronics

10 months ago
RE: Laptop connector protection

Mark, in my experience DeoxIT D series products are the best at this... ... but I also use less expensive contact cleaners from WD-40 and CRC, and often then some variety of dielectric grease.

In forum General Marine Electronics

10 months ago
RE: Electronics retrofit

@gramkow Generally speaking, autopilot integration over NMEA 2000 is minimal across brands, which is pretty understandable given that the AP is steering the boat. You should get whatever was possible ...

In forum General Marine Electronics

10 months ago
Confused...

Richard, I'm confused. If your new boat has a generator that can power AC coffee maker and toaster, than it has an AC circuit system probably built to ABYC standards. Also, can't that 400 Ah battery b...

In forum General Discussion

10 months ago
RE: Maretron TLM100 Tank Level Monitor calibration

@pilotmarcus -- Well, there is the DSM410 at $595 retail. It's a more expensive configuration option, and a little harder to use because you won't have a keyboard. But it's also a terrific instrument ...

In forum General Marine Electronics

11 months ago
RE: Maretron TLM100 Tank Level Monitor calibration

I agree with Ben S, and it's why many installers have multiple N2K to PC gateways. Also why some N2K devices without screens now have Bluetooth or WiFi for configuration. But, Marcus, I also want to c...

In forum General Marine Electronics

11 months ago
RE: Dual monitors for PC navigation with an Intel NUC7i5BNK?

Everything I described at the beginning of this thread is working fine so far on the boat, though I didn't get to use it a lot by the time I'd redone both helms last season. But I can report that I ra...

In forum Projects

11 months ago
Poly-Planar two-zone marine stereo with intercom

Attachment:Poly-Planar MRD70 2 zone marine stereo.JPG Attachment:Poly 2 zone.jpg Attachment:RD-44.jpg This truly-designed-for-boats stereo was nearly new when I bought Gizmo in 2009 and it real...

In forum Marine electronics classifieds

11 months ago
RE: Uniden UM525 Rx mystery ?

I remember the Wham wireless mics fondly -- and especially the ahead-of-its-time color ES VHF, one of which is still working fine in my shop -- but I'm afraid that your UM545 is now in the "can't even...

In forum General Marine Electronics

11 months ago
RE: Transducer - NMEA 2000

Hi Marcus, I see some info about your transducer at West Marine... ...but I still can't tell if it outputs fishfinder style sonar data. If so, that can not be carried over a NMEA 2000 network. But i...

In forum General Marine Electronics

11 months ago
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