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Electronics Update

I SEE YOU!

The latest device from FLIR now puts thermal imaging right in the palm of your hand.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

I remember the first time I ever had the opportunity to use a thermal imaging camera. It’s one of those boating moments that becomes a, ‘hey, I could get used to this!’ experience. Kind of like way back when I checked out a Loran unit—yes, shipmates, unlike some of you, I remember that technology—or switched on a GPS chartplotter.

The boat I was delivering, decked out to the electronic nines, had a FLIR night vision camera display at the helm and, while coming into a harbor I had never visited, dead of night, no moon, I decided to have a look. Eureka! There they were; boats at anchor, buoys, channel markers, all clearly visible and giving me a safe, slow bell path to the town dock.

With a complete line of sophisticated thermal imaging systems including the hand-held personal First Mate II and BHM Series, the MD, M, Voyager, and the top-of-the-line MU Series, FLIR now has something for those of you with iPhone5 and 5S smartphones: FLIR ONE™

FLIRONE_ViewEUsing special sensor technology that was originally developed for military night vision, FLIR ONE converts heat, which is emitted from every object on earth, into color images. These color images allow users to not only see in the dark, but to also observe differences in temperature of fractions of a degree. FLIR ONE’s powerful capacity to augment human vision opens up a new world of possibilities for consumers.

FLIRONE_ViewB-1The device fits on the phone case and displays live thermal imaging in both stills and video right on the phone’s screen. FLIR ONE comes with the MX APP™, free from the Apple APP Store, and provides a variety of functions that, according to the company, make it easy to collect and share compelling and useful thermal images. It can load captured images directly to the camera roll and allows users to easily share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media channels, among many other features. FLIR ONE also houses its own battery source that can power the device for more than two hours of continuous use. It can also be configured to boost iPhone5 and 5s battery life by up to 50 percent. FLIR ONE will be available for selected Android models later this year.

For more information about this exciting new FLIR product, or any of the other fine electronics in the thermal imaging line up, visit the company Website at http://www.flir.com

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Electronics Update

 

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Maintenance

Maintenance

Antifouling 101, A Comprehensive Guide from Interlux®

Everything you wanted to know, and most likely more, about bottom paint.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Some of my most cherished memories of boat ownership took place many years ago when I owned a 42-foot, Maine-built lobster boat made of wood. She was an East Blue Hill, Webber’s Cove boat with the kind of lines that, well made you see what a boat was supposed to look like. She was seaworthy, dependable, and possessed quite the salty, nautical soul. My boat saw me through college life by six packing her during my undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate studies.

For me, keeping my boat looking good was as important as making sure my single flat head, 90-hp, 6 cylinder Ford Lehman diesel was always running clean oil. To that end, my spring weekends, prior to getting her ready for the charter season, were spent with sander, caulking, and of course, paint brush. And, accepting my hubris on this particular subject, I became quite proficient with preparing the hull and applying bottom paint.

A lot has changed since those halcyon days in the yard and to help you understand the often-complex decisions that go into this most important maintenance item, my friends at Interlux have prepared quite the comprehensive guide to antifouling paint.
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Called Antifouling 101, it’s a free PDF download in the company’s Ask The Experts Series. Even if you’re not a DIYer, the information you’ll get will make it worth the read. You can download the guide at www.yachtpaint.com/LiteratureCentre/antifouling_101_usa_eng.pdf as well as visiting the company Website at http://www.yachtpaint.com

If you have any other boat maintenance items you would like us to cover, please let us know by tabbing the COMMENT button on the bottom right side of this page. We’ll do everything we can to get you the right information.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Maintenance

 

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Photo Op

Photo Op

We are on our way back to the States from an extended fishing trip to Central America and spotted this sign at a local marina on the Pacific Ocean side of Mexico. I thought it might make a good posting for you as a message to our Congress: No Shouting, No Running, No Pushing. Instead, how about enjoying a good day out on the water to put things in perspective. –Capt. Armando L., Long Beach, CA

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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Photo Op

 

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Electronics Update

New “Navionics Boating“ App

The latest addition to the company’s stellar lineup of products has the ability to further enhance your boating experience.

Besides the absolute joy of being involved in whatever boating experience you may have, one of the most exciting areas that can often have a profound impact on our time out on the water is the electronics sector.

Our friends at Navionics have a user-friendly, free app that is designed to provide you with enhanced mobile coverage no matter which device you choose to use.

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Navionics Boating is a simple to use app with versatile features including track recording, up-to-date tide and current data, wind forecasts, access to shared Community Edits, the largest searchable database of marine POI’s available, social media sharing, backup of valuable markers, routes, tracks, photos and videos, optional map overlays, syncing of data across multiple devices, geo-referenced articles, and value-added upgrades!

Navionics Boating is easily found on iTunes and Google Play for iPhone, iPad, Android Handset, and Tablet.  Advanced feature upgrades of Nav Module, Autorouting, Advanced Map Options and Navionics+ are currently available on iOS, but coming soon to Android.

route_ipaSimply download the app for free, and then shop In-App for the chart coverage you want anywhere in the world.  Enjoy the same marine and lakes great detail found on your GPS chartplotter. A significant advantage of this app is the ability to purchase, at a reasonable price, additional coverage as needed where charts will merge seamlessly and be accessible from one app. Advanced feature upgrades such as Nav Module, Autorouting and Advanced Map Options are available on all regions purchased for more savings and convenience.

Chart coverage areas for purchase include: US & Canada/USA/Caribbean & South America/Greenland & Iceland/Norway/Baltic Sea/Skagerrak & Kattegat/UK, Ireland & Holland/Central & West Europe/ Mediterranean & Black Sea/Upper Volga River/Moscow Area/Lower Volga River/Central Volga River/Canaries, Azores & Madeira/Africa & Middle East/Indian Ocean & South China Sea/China Sea/Australia & New Zealand and Pacific Islands. To download from within the app go to Menu>Upgrades & Apps.

Individual regions can be further enhanced by Navionics+, the unique mobile solution that includes the award-winning SonarCharts™ and allows 12 months of continuous updates, meaning more than 2,000 edits every day and improvements supplied by Navionics and the entire community of more than one million users.

For more information on Navionics Boating or to learn more about Navionics and its entire product line, please visit www.navionics.com

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Electronics Update

 

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Photo Op

Photo Op

Hello Captain Ken! It’s me, Alicia and I was so excited when my parents showed me the picture of the pelican I sent you. Thank you thank you thank you! I am so happy. So, now here’s my cat. His name is Snickers. We got him at a shelter when he was just a kitten. He is very playful and likes to run around in our back yard and sit in the living room window when it is raining. I know this is not a boat picture but until I can take some more, I sent this one to you for now. I am busy with school so it might take me a little while until I get to the boat place. –Alicia M., Riviera Beach, FL

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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Photo Op

 

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Electronics Update

New Dragonfly7

Raymarine steps up the screen-size with a best-in-class 7” widescreen display

Since its launch last year, Dragonfly’s high-performance, dual-channel CHIRP sonar and GPS chartplotter combination has taken the fishing world by storm; bringing the power and crisp detail of advanced CHIRP DownVision™ sonar to inland and coastal anglers at a very affordable price. The new Dragonfly7 steps up the screen-size with a best-in-class 7” widescreen display and comes with the added advantage of optional overhead mounting, whilst maintaining tilt-and-swivel capability.

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Like the original Dragonfly, the larger display Dragonfly7 is incredibly easy to use; the intuitive Uni-controller lets anglers quickly dial through DownVision, sonar and GPS menu displays with ease.  Engineered for high performance and simple operation with automatic sonar optimization, Dragonfly7 has 2 dedicated CHIRP sonar channels enabling anglers to enjoy simultaneous views of both fish-targeting sonar and lifelike DownVision imagery using the dual-sonar, split-screen display mode.

    • Choice of display size: Dragonfly (5.7″) and Dragonfly7 (7″)
    • Photo-like imagery of bottom structure using CHIRP DownVision™
    • CHIRP powered Dual Channel sonar; display high-resolution structure images and target fish at the same time
    • Fast response temperature sensor built into the transducer
    • Built in 50-channel GPS sensor with fast-acquisition technology
    • Available with industry leading, Navionics charts included on microSD. View available models
    • Intuitive user interface simplifies display choices and menu options
    • Ideal for open cockpit installations thanks to spray and submersion protection to IPX6 and IPX7 standards. Tilt/swivel quick release holster with optional locking core for added security2012 Product Montage cw a65For more information about the new Dragonfly7, or any of the other fine products from Raymarine, visit the company Website at http://www.raymarine.com
 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Electronics Update

 

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Dock Buzz

Dock Buzz

NISI SELLS FIRST XPRESSO CLASS MULTI-HULL YACHT

New NISI 50 XPRESSO Commissioned

Founded in 2004, NISI is a European wholly owned luxury yacht builder led by CEO Christos Livadas. In 2009 NISI finished construction on it’s own shipyard, a facility positioned just outside of Hong Kong and Macau in the city of ZhuHai in China, followed by a fresh product portfolio launch in 2010. Collaboration with world-renowned naval architect, Ward Setzer of Setzer Yacht Architects has resulted in the unveiling of award-winning vessels from industry topping yacht manufacturers.

The X-citing Xpresso 50 from NISI is sure to impress and delight.

The X-citing Xpresso 50 from NISI is sure to impress and delight.

Coming into the business now, NISI announced it had been awarded a contract by an American entrepreneur for Hull #1 of the first 50 Xpresso model, a new line up of luxury catamarans in its Xpresso Class.

The X50's salon, as seen from aft, offers the kind of spaciousness only found on this type of vessel.

The X50’s salon, as seen from aft, offers the kind of spaciousness only found on this type of vessel.

According to the company, the X50’s appeal is focused on attracting monohull owners to catamaran styling, strength, large social and entertaining area, and performance. Both the concept and design comes from the collaboration between NISI’s engineering team and Setzer Yacht Architects. The mission: To deliver exceptional and efficient offshore performance with unprecedented exterior and interior spaciousness.

NISI is also doing some R&D on a hydrofoil design–dubbed SonicFoil by NISI–for the company’s GTX model that, according to Product Development Engineer Don Marshall, will deliver some 20-30 knot speeds, a top speed of 35 knots, and a 50% reduction in fuel consumption as compared to a mono hull vessel.

YACHT SPECIFICATIONS

  • LOA: 54.8′ (16.7m)
  • LWL: 48.9′ (14.9m)
  • Beam: 23.0’ (6.96m)
  • Draft: 2.10’ (0.86m)
  • Displacement Lightship : 21,500 lbs (9.75ton)
  • Displacement Max: 24,000 lbs (10.9ton)
  • Fuel: 700 gallons (2,650L)
  • Fresh Water: 200 gallons (757L)
  • Black Water: 150 gallons (568L)
  • Accommodations: 6-8 (3-4 staterooms)

YACHT PERFORMANCE

  • Top Speed: 30kts
  • Cruise Speed: 26kts
  • Range:
    • 375nm @ 26kts
    • 1100nm @ 9kts
  • Boat Propulsion:
    • Horsepower options from 75hp – 550hp
    • Cummins Zeus, Volvo IPS
  • Generator:   13.5kw Onan
  • Build Class:  CE and RINA Class (on request)
  • Concept and Design:  NISI Yachts
  • Naval Architecture: Setzer Yacht Architects
  • Interior Styling: NISI Yachts

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 For more information on the exciting new Xpresso 50, or any of the other fine products from NISI, visit the company Website at http://www.nisiyachts.com

 

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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Dock Buzz

 

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Yacht Spotting And New Launches

Yacht Spotting And New Launches

The famed Italian superyacht builder launches the third vessel in its Classic Supreme Series

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

In the world of luxury boat building, the name Benetti carries a certain cache with it that resounds with elegance born of a high level of expertise and pride of craftsmanship. And no wonder. The yard has been in continued service since its founding in 1873 by Lorenzo Benettii, making it one of the oldest builders in the world.

Elegance and strength are both defined by Benetti in this third launching of the Classic Supreme Series of megayachts.

Elegance and strength are both defined by Benetti in this third launching of the Classic Supreme Series of megayachts.

The third Benetti Classic Supreme 132 (Hull# BS003) was launched in February 2013 in a grand ceremony that included all those who were involved in her build and outfitting including the yard’s technicians, workers, and staff. Arcon Yachts also collaborated on the production of this 40-metre yacht, which will be delivered in April 2014. It is the third Benetti Classic Supreme 132 in less than two years; BS003 is part of the Benetti “Class Range”, line of composite displacement yachts from 93 to 145 feet.

The Classic Supreme 132 – BS003 picks up on all the line’s typical features and adds truly unique touches like its “classic-modern” interiors. Ensuring design continuity, the exteriors of this new jewel of Italian style and technology are by Stefano Righini, with interiors by François Zuretti.

Classic Supreme 132 is 131+ft/40.20m long and 26+ft/8.18m wide; it can accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins, plus room for the crew. It is equipped with two MTU 12V2000 M72 (1080 kW)@2.250 rpm motors enabling it to reach maximum speeds of 15.5 knots.

01For more information about the Benetti Classic Supreme 132 Series, or any of the other fine offerings, please visit the company Website at http://www.benettiyachts.it

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches

 

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Photo Op

Photo Op

We’re done for the day. Last catch. Last release. On the way back, I think about those fish we sent back. Are they alright? Did we weaken them too much so that now, they won’t be able to defend themselves against the sharks who must be aware of not only the battle; the jumping and thrashing about indicating possible prey in trouble, but the blood that has also been spilled from a hooked mouth as well? I have been at this a long time now and with my grown kids now having kids, I wonder if there will be fish for them to think about when they get older. One of my sons and one of my daughters have fished with me. The other daughter does not. And that is okay. She and her husband often come down to the boat, with the grandkids, after it has been cleaned up, to see me and the crew. I put them in the skipper’s helm seat up on the bridge and we take pictures. They will have at least that to think about, I am sure. Thanks for these posting opportunities.
Thomas H., Miami, FL

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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Photo Op

 

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Electronics Update

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm-Series integrates with FLIR M and MD-Series thermal cameras

FLIR Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) and Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announce the full integration of the Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm-Series multifunction device and FLIR’s popular M and MD-Series thermal night vision cameras. Boaters can now access and control FLIR’s premium thermal imaging using Garmin’s new flagship multifunction displays.

“This is an exciting collaboration with our friends at Garmin,” said Lou Rota, FLIR’s VP of Maritime Sales. “FLIR thermal night vision cameras and Garmin’s flagship multifunction displays complement one another perfectly, making nighttime navigation easier, safer, and stress-free for all levels of boating.”

M-Series_Garmin8000Available in single (thermal only) and dual (thermal and lowlight or color video) payloads, the award-winning M-Series is powerful, flexible and built to last. Its waterproof gimbal enclosure provides 360° pan and 90° tilt, horizon-to-horizon visibility. FLIR’s MD-Series is a more compact and affordable fixed-mount thermal night vision system loaded with features.

The GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm-Series provides the most powerful, technologically advanced, and easy-to-use chart plotting solution Garmin has ever offered. The GPSMAP 8000 now includes complete control of FLIR Thermal Night Vision Systems, along with sonar, integrated autopilot, engine data, and more.

“We’re very excited to integrate FLIR thermal night vision cameras with our GPSMAP Glass Helm-Series,” said David Dunn, senior manager of Garmin marine sales.  “Garmin strives to bring the most user-friendly, intuitive products to the market and now having the ability to access and control FLIR thermal cameras will make for an even better and safer experience for the boater.”

For more information, visit the company Websites at http://www.flir.com; http://www.garmin.com

 

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Electronics Update

 

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