TBF: Icom M93D, Garmin Quatix 3 & GNX Wind, Imtra Largo LED, and Navico makes ForwardScan more accessible

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

13 Responses

  1. Norton Rider says:

    Ben,
    My personal experience with LED bulb replacements for existing boat light fixtures has been very positive.
    I replaced all the interior light bulbs in my current boat with LED bulbs from non-marine on-line sellers and have been extremely happy with the results. The color temperature, beam pattern, and durability have all been good.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I’m glad it worked out for you, NR, and maybe my feelings on this subject are related to old age. I want much better lighting on my boat than what all the conventional fixtures could produce and have been delighted to learn that LED tech can provide it. But in my experience it usually takes a whole LED fixture, not just LED tech squished into a replacement bulb and then a fixture it wasn’t designed for. More detail here:
    https://staging.panbo.com/archives/2012/10/lumitec_alpenglow_led_overhead_fixtures_perfected.html
    I do make exceptions, though. For instance, this Dr. LED Edison 60W equivalent replacement bulb…
    https://goo.gl/9RBUPI …is working well in 2 of Gizmo’s reading lights. The bulb design is excellent and the fixture quite compatible. It’s still not as bright as the similar Alpenglow fixture in that 2012 entry, and doesn’t dim, and one of them went bad, but given the cost difference, I have no plans to change.
    But all my other LED replacement bulbs are either in fixtures I hardly ever use or in storage.

  3. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Has ICOM or any other handheld VHF vendor included any features so that the handheld vhf user can get the bearing and distance from another dsc based vhf radio, rather than just the lat/long of the vhf user or the other source?

  4. Indigo says:

    The previous version of the Quantix watch had a feature that allowed you to control you Garmin Autopilot. There is not mention of the capability in anything I’ve read about the Quantix 3. Do you know if that feature will be available?

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Hi Dan. Bearing and distance to a polled position or to a received DSC call may well be supported, but I don’t know for sure. I linked to everything I know about the new ICOM radio. One bit of research you could do is to check out the manual for the Standard Horizon HX870:
    http://www.standardhorizon.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&DivisionID=3&ProdCatID=85&ProdID=1791

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I noticed that omission too, Indigo, and wouldn’t be terribly surprised if Garmin decided that autopilot control with a watch is a bit too much. On the other hand a number of details about how the watch interacts with the boat are not detailed, like which wireless protocol is used. I’m guessing that the GNT 10, which uses ANT, or maybe a Garmin AP head is still needed.
    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/digital/shop-by-accessories/nmea-2000/gnt-10-nmea-2000-transceiver/prod124640.html
    I’ll try to get some answers.

  7. Rick O says:

    Ben,
    My boat is equipped with an SSB radio, which I am now learning to use. For a bunch of reasons, it is not as easy as VHF, and static/background noise is a big issue. I have heard that LED’s (some much more than others) emit RF that will interfere with SSB reception. Do you know whether that is true, and if so how to find and LED that minimizes interference?
    Thanks, Rick

  8. Bob Muir says:

    I would LOVE to have that forward scan on my 43′ sailboat. However, the hull rise is far too steep for such a short transducer.
    Who could I talk to about the feasibility of installing it center-line, just forward of the keel? Would such an installation affect the structural integrity?
    Would love to have this when entering poorly charted bays or atolls.

  9. tommays says:

    As a long term Fenix 3 owner which is still getting GPS issues and bugs resolved I love the watch but they have a tough time releasing bug free products
    There have been 19 large updates in 1 year going from 2.2 to 6.5 and not finished 🙂
    The Quatix 3 should be interesting as navigation features like VMG only work on a single waypoint and not a list while the more simple fields do work
    VMG is also very sensitive to the watch’s orientation with course
    No more maps or sharing info has also been a big issue for past users
    There has been a prolonged issue with ANT dropouts for various reasons so that will be interesting as I would thing this is how the auto MOB will work
    I had 13 drops out in one hour of up to 1 minute last night for no real reason and there are none many times

  10. suttonski says:

    I have asked Garmin about controlling Garmin autopilot with the Quatix 3 and they told me that this feature was not available. I think that this is too bad, they just missed the boat!

  11. Indigo & Pudge says:

    Garmin announced new Quantix 5. Happily they put the auto pilot functionality back in that they removed in the previous version!

  12. Indigo & Pudge says:

    Garmin announced new Quantix 5. Happily they put the auto pilot functionality back in that they removed in the previous version!

  13. Indigo & Pudge says:

    Garmin announced new Quantix 5. Happily they put the auto pilot functionality back in that they removed in the previous version!

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