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Forum: General Discussion Today, 01:35 PM
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I have all four major brands aboard my boat,...

I have all four major brands aboard my boat, albeit for slightly different reasons. I rely on Furuno because of it's reliability and support for my day-to-day use. Raymarine would be my second choice...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation Yesterday, 12:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 660
Posted By stevemitchell
Completely agree. Mine has only navigation tools...

Completely agree. Mine has only navigation tools on it, and is not used to test new pieces of hardware/software, browse the web looking for things, or anything else other than running the boat.

I...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 02-25-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 660
Posted By stevemitchell
I've set this up myself on three of my own boats,...

I've set this up myself on three of my own boats, and on a number of other boats as well. Ultimately, the Furuno network needs to be separate from everything else. I've also had my own posts deleted...
Forum: General Discussion 02-24-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,952
Posted By stevemitchell
I have a friend with a 1985 Angel 65' yacht that...

I have a friend with a 1985 Angel 65' yacht that is one of the best built boats I have ever seen. She sailed around the world for 30 years on a custom-built sailboat before retiring to this yacht...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 02-21-2020, 07:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,510
Posted By stevemitchell
Yup, coming from the networking world, very well...

Yup, coming from the networking world, very well aware of the nonsense that Windows does with multiple adapters. Not only do I have a 3rd party firewall installed and configured, but also interface...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 02-21-2020, 11:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,510
Posted By stevemitchell
I thought I had an updated diagram on the site -...

I thought I had an updated diagram on the site - if not, I will get one up soon.

My PC's running TZ have Ethernet interfaces connected to a dedicated Furuno network that is not connected to...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 02-16-2020, 03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 381
Posted By stevemitchell
I updated a lot of my lighting to LED last year...

I updated a lot of my lighting to LED last year and documented what I used here (https://seabits.com/new-lighting-everywhere/). I used standard commercial LED strips and lights, mostly from...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 02-10-2020, 12:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,510
Posted By stevemitchell
I doubt itís dropped below that. The last two...

I doubt itís dropped below that. The last two boats Iíve had LiFePO4 banks which are hard to drop below that level, and the NUCs were very close to the source, so little chance of voltage drop.
...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 02-08-2020, 04:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,115
Posted By stevemitchell
I believe my failures were related to running...

I believe my failures were related to running them directly off of the DC battery bank rather than off of an AC inverter. I can't 100% prove this yet, and am still working with Intel on one...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 02-08-2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,510
Posted By stevemitchell
Gotcha. For DC monitors, I usually look at car or...

Gotcha. For DC monitors, I usually look at car or industrial displays. I've used several from Logic Supply (now Onlogic) and they seem to have a few, although their site seems harder to navigate now:...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 02-08-2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,115
Posted By stevemitchell
I run both CE and TimeZero Pro on a NUC with a...

I run both CE and TimeZero Pro on a NUC with a touch screen and full keyboard and mouse. I also have both running on a Microsoft Surface Pro Laptop. I use them at different times and for different...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 02-08-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,510
Posted By stevemitchell
I have a Planar Helium PCT2235 Touch Screen 22"...

I have a Planar Helium PCT2235 Touch Screen 22" monitor (https://amzn.to/2H6QIhJ) that I love, connected to a NUC as well, running TimeZero at my salon helm. It works in bright sun, with sunglasses...
Forum: General Discussion 02-01-2020, 07:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,805
Posted By stevemitchell
Very good point. It's also good to note that many...

Very good point. It's also good to note that many hotspot devices are also not supposed to be plugged in and on 24x7. I've had a couple of puffed batteries after leaving some connected with the...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 01-31-2020, 11:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By stevemitchell
I did this last year. My LFP bank is in my engine...

I did this last year. My LFP bank is in my engine room down low against the hull. It was 4-5 degrees F higher both in the whole engine room and maybe one higher in the battery box. Within the margin...
Forum: General Discussion 01-30-2020, 10:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,805
Posted By stevemitchell
Thanks! Those are my articles. A good one to read...

Thanks! Those are my articles. A good one to read to help understand why WiFi is hard in marinas is at https://seabits.com/marina-wifi-hard/

I currently manage and maintain 10 different marina...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 01-29-2020, 12:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By stevemitchell
I have mine in my engine room. It never gets...

I have mine in my engine room. It never gets above 103F or so and my batteries have a BMS that cuts them off from charge if they see 135F. That would be pretty bad to get to that level in the battery...
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 01-20-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,910
Posted By stevemitchell
https://seabits.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/DSC...

https://seabits.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/DSC03329-Edit-2.jpg

I've used the NaviSafe lights for 2 seasons now in the PNW and have had no issues with them. I even wrote about them here. ...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 01-18-2020, 06:36 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,833
Posted By stevemitchell
I agree that relying on marina or other WiFi for...

I agree that relying on marina or other WiFi for monitoring is fraught with problems.

I also don't think a satellite connection is enough because it is a single point of failure / single vendor. ...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 01-18-2020, 06:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,227
Posted By stevemitchell
It also is waaaaaay more expensive and primarily...

It also is waaaaaay more expensive and primarily targeted at people very far offshore using it for grabbing weather data. $60/month for 5 minutes of data, and texts are charged at $0.25/text. The...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 01-18-2020, 06:18 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,833
Posted By stevemitchell
I think SmartThings is great. I use it at home...

I think SmartThings is great. I use it at home for many things, and have used it on the boat. It is very easy to setup and use the basics, and has lot of integrations. It can also be mind-numbingly...
Forum: Power Systems 01-18-2020, 05:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,804
Posted By stevemitchell
I have 1988 TAMD 61A's and really like them as...

I have 1988 TAMD 61A's and really like them as well. They are very simple and don't have lots of electronics and other things to fail on them, and start every single time. I've had Cat, Yanmar,...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 01-18-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 513
Posted By stevemitchell
I have two Volvo TAMD 61As and my upper helm...

I have two Volvo TAMD 61As and my upper helm instruments were wildly inaccurate. I had the chance to test the Actisense EMU-1 (https://seabits.com/monitor-your-engine-with-the-actisense-emu-1/)...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 01-18-2020, 05:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,227
Posted By stevemitchell
:lol: yes I have stayed a number of times at...

:lol: yes I have stayed a number of times at Eagle Island right nearby. Never had the pleasure of staying on McNeil itself though :)

I think that was from our South Sound trip...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 01-18-2020, 04:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,227
Posted By stevemitchell
Ooh cool! I have the high def topographic maps on...

Ooh cool! I have the high def topographic maps on an extra card on my 86sci which have been nice while ashore. Didnít see the satellite charts - would definitely be useful.
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 01-18-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,227
Posted By stevemitchell
Yup itís very easy. In fact, you donít have to...

Yup itís very easy. In fact, you donít have to push a button - it can be set to do it every X minutes automatically which is what I use.


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