Happy New Year, 2019 is going to be a busy year
I’ve started multi-brand, underway testing with lots more to come in 2019. Have Another Day’s 2018 ended with quite a few installs planned or in progress. I’m pretty excited to see how the various products will work in real-world cruising aboard our boat if the weather decides to clear up and let us actually cruise.
In early October we left Chicago and headed down the flooded Illinois and Mississippi rivers before joining up with the Ohio River. We then had several pleasant travel days through the waters of the Tenessee Valley Authority before heavy rains and more flooding ushered us down the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to Mobile Bay. After a pretty exhausting trip down the rivers I’m hoping for easier cruising through Florida.
Our fall cruise gave me a good chance to get better acquainted with the latest MFDs from Simrad, Garmin, and Raymarine. I was able to confirm what I’ve believed and preached for some time, each of the major marine manufacturers is building very capable, responsive and easy-to-use MFDs. I believe the choice is truly one of which system you the user finds easiest to use. Though, sometimes the eases or difficulty of integrating with existing electronics on a boat can push your decision one way or another, as Steve Mitchell has found over in the forum.
We plan to spend the remainder of our winter in the St Petersburg and Fort Meyers areas. Once we cross the Gulf, I have several more installs planned including:
- A Raymarine Cam 210 to complete the requisite equipment for ClearCruise AR (I helped judge the IBEX Innovation awards where we awarded ClearCruise AR the technology innovation prize and Ben E. helped judge the D.A.M.E. awards where it received a special mention)
- A BlueGuard Innovation’s BG-ONE smart Bilge Pump Switch and control panel (Another IBEX Innovations awards winner)
- Siren Marine’s MTC monitoring system
- One or two wireless docking control systems
- A FLIR M232 thermal camera
- Replacing the wiring and antennas of multiple underperforming VHF systems
I’ve been writing for Panbo for a little over a year now but I’m still pretty new to temporarily installing equipment designed to be permanently mounted. The biggest challenge is installing in a way that lets me return the equipment to the manufacturer when I’m done testing without leaving gaping holes behind. I’m still developing techniques and I’ve been slower than I would have liked getting equipment installed as I figure it out. I look at Gizmo’s mast with some jealousy of the ease it provides in making changes to the installed equipment but I’m confident I’ll figure it out.
The beginning of 2019 is shaping up to be an interesting time with product announcements and demonstrations on the horizon as well as the 2019 Miami International Boat Show in mid-February.
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