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)
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
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.
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.
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….