Mercury VesselView Link – screen-less VesselView!

Yet another quiet Simrad product release with so far no press releases.

Simrad and Mercury has announced the VesselView Link. The VesselView Link is a screen-less VesselView, enabling full VesselView functions on Simrad NSS Evo2, NSO Evo2 and GO models of chart plotters.

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Simrad Precision-9 Compass and Heave sensor!

The latest “ball buster” product from Simrad is the new Simrad Precision-9 electronic compass.

It has not gotten very much attention – maybe because Simrad is downplaying the most important part of the product – it outputs Heave data – at a sensible price point (about 40% less of what the cheapest other Heave Sensors cost)

[update 19/02: Seems like Heave data won’t be in the initial release and mention of it has been removed from Simrad’s Website (see source link bottom of page). Heave will become available with a later software according to the trusted writers at TheHullTruth] Continue reading Simrad Precision-9 Compass and Heave sensor!

Garmin GPSMAP 8400 / 8600 series Chartplotter released

Garmin has just announced their new ranges  – Garmin GPSMAP 8400 series and GPSMAP 8600 series. Available in 17″, 22″ and 24″ display sizes – we all need bigger boats

Garmin GPSMAP 8400 Series in 6 way Split
Garmin GPSMAP 8400 Series in 6 way Split

They all have IPS (in-plane-switching) screens with multi touch and have “glass helm” look. Screens are WUXGA (1920×1200) for the 17″ and 24″and FHD (1920×1080)  for the 22″ – and can be flush or flat mounted. Garmin also says they have higher speed processors – actually they say the processors are the fastest in the entire range of Garmin GPSMAP chart-plotters.

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New VesselView 4 and VesselView 7 software v3.0

Finally 🙂 it seems like Mercury has started publishing software updates for VesselView 4 and VesselView 7 – the Mercury

VesselView 7 and VesselView 4 Software v3.0 available
VesselView 4 and VesselView 7 software update available

Engine “Computer”.

We had not noticed before but suddenly it was available. It has a lot of updates. And Mercury is promising updates approximately twice a YEAR 🙂 going forward

But the new and updated features are:

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PropSpeed vs PropGold – Today marks the start of the challenge

PropSpeed vs PropGold
PropSpeed vs PropGold

Finally – after waiting 6 months for a haul out to get some top secret stuff installed on our test boat – we wanted to do another test at the same time.

As we are changing propellers from 3/3 bladed to 4/3 bladed Mercruiser propellers – we thought no better time than the present to do a 1:1 competition between two of the top contenders for propeller anti fouling – PropSpeed and PropGold.

So who will be the winner?

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Cradlepoint Routers – No longer recommended

Cradlepoint - NOT RECOMMENDED
Cradlepoint – NOT recommended!

For a long time we have recommended Cradlepoint Routers. Cradlepoint is one of the pioneers for M2M (Machine 2 Machine), load balanced router, routers with fallback from for example WAN to 3G/4G networks – which is great on boats. In the harbour you are on Wi-Fi – and once you leave – the router automatically switches to 3G/4G or LTE. And when you come back – internet is restored to using your harbour Wi-Fi. Great concept.

On our test boat we have a Cradlepoint MBR 1400 router. Mostly it is a great router – but it has some issues with connecting to a range of access points via Wi-Fi as WAN. We also have (actually .. – had) a few MBR1400’s setup between our offices and homes.

So we tried a couple of months ago to report the issue – here is a basic shortened paraphrased transcript….

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Garmin Helm Android 1.2 now available

Remote control of your Garmin GPSMAP is now possible from Android devices. Garmin

Garmin Helm for Android launched in Google Play store
Garmin Helm for Android launched in Google Play store

launched the first Android version 1.2 on June 30th 2014.

As mentioned in my previous post about Garmin Software Updates – the Garmin Android Helm was mentioned in the release notes for the new firmware.

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Mercury Dynamic Rib 250 / 260 unboxing and First Looks

After a long delivery time – plus an additional one month “delay” from the UAE distributor

Mercury Dynamic RIB 250 / 260
Mercury Dynamic RIB 250 / 260

– our new Mercury Dynamic RIB 250 (Sold as Mercury Dynamic RIB 260 in the USA) – finally arrived.

One can say it is well packaged. The the local Mercury distributor decided to deliver it to me in the international shipping crate – with only one driver accompanying it.

With the crate I think the weight was above 100 kg – since it broke my little dolly certified for 140 kg.

The Mercury Dynamic RIB 250/260 is a inflatable dinghy with fibreglass bottom and rear end. So no wooden plates or air filled keel. It is about the same weight as other Dinghy’s the same size – but with fibreglass bottom we should have better performance and more precise steering. Continue reading Mercury Dynamic Rib 250 / 260 unboxing and First Looks

Furuno DRS4W Wi-Fi Radar for iPad & iPhone

And here we go – the first Radar with Wi-Fi interface that connects to your iPhone or iPad

furuno-drs4w-wifi-radar

for radar images. The Furuno DRS4W Radar was launched at the Stockholm Boatshow on March 7th 2014.

The Furuno DRS4W gets it juice from a power cable only – so no thick radar cable. The DRS4W then has the Wi-Fi module built in – and can talk to iPhones/iPad’s up to 10 meters away.

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Garmin GPSMAP 741xs unboxing & first looks

From the announcement in November 2012 – until delivery in mid June 2013 -finally I got

Garmin GPSMAP 741xs on boat
Garmin GPSMAP 741xs mounted on boat with Talonsocket and RAM Mount

the Garmin 741xs. So was it worth the wait? And is it better than the Garmin GPSMAP 720/740?

The unit arrived Sunday afternoon – and was installed on the boat 3 hours later with NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 connected, using my test setup with Tallonsocket and a RAM Mount. Continue reading Garmin GPSMAP 741xs unboxing & first looks