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  1. Very cool. This link claims it is portable, but I think you're right. What I've always found pretty amazing is since the advent of the RPG by the Soviet Union, the US had never really developed an equivalent to it for decades, it seemed until the Javelin. I think the US has superseded the RPG in most of its variants with the Javelin. It's so impressive and watching some of the videos of its testing and such, the way it vectors straight towards the target and can either continue that path until contact OR, turn to go straight up and then straight back down to slam a tank or whatever armored vehicle straight in through the turret hatch lmfao is unbelievable! No wonder the Ukrainians wanted however hundreds of millions of $ worth of that amazing weapon! And not just the Ukraine, but the Brits have it in their arsenal and I understand the US obviously being ok with them having that incredible technology, along with South Korea (as long as the north doesn't get its hands on one!!!!). And, knowing how the US is very careful as to who it gives its very sensitive and super capable military technology to, I was surprised to see Peru on the list of operators of the Javelin, but not as surprised to see Botswana? I would be very suspect of giving that country such a weapon. Malaysia is no problem, but Botswana? I wonder what restrictions the US has on them as far as usage and how much it puts into keeping an eye on their inventory etc. That's the other side of supplying sensitive weapons to other countries that most people don't think about. The US has a whole team dedicated to keeping tabs on all this stuff and when you think about it, what a gargantuan effort that must be! But I digress. This is what happens when you get me going, bro! The other side of the APS it basically fires something similar to buckshot shells. They have to fancy-up the name, of course, by calling them MEFPs (Multiple Explosive Formed Penetrators) lol, but you gotta hand it to them for not only coming up with the idea (unless they "took it" from the US and what you mentioned when they tried developing it in the early 2000's and dropped the program) and then the Israelis were allowed to take it from there and further develop it? I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case with the close, military ties between the two countries. At any rate, it seems like the amount of rounds the APS would need to fire is only limited by how many the vehicle can carry. Eventually it will run out of rounds is my guess, especially if they have to fire what, 20+ rounds per incoming target to get that 360 degree protection? I forget where I got that number and it could be wrong, but I would think that there are only so many it can fire. But according to one of the test, an Abrams was fired at 48 times and the APS was 100% successful at defeating every round. Then it has the HFD (Hostile Fire Detection) which tells it the origin of the incoming fire so it can take counter measures and defeat it. That's pretty dam impressive because then you can't stay in one location and keep firing rounds of whatever at it until it runs out because it will take you out after the first or 2nd attempt. The computerization behind the system is equally as impressive. BUT, these are only heat rounds so far as I know and not kinetic rounds, unless the new APS is capable of defending against kinetic rounds as well? Not sure. Yep, I think so too. Looking at the back of the 741xs, the video input will be used by the underwater camera and swapped with whatever other else I decide to use for onboard cameras (won't be any of the FLIRs with those prices) but the only other one I see is perhaps the Ethernet or EXT GPS?. Or change the 12vt TV to one that would accept this Garmin Helm Ap? Far right in pic below. Unless the current TV can support the Ap like a phone or a tablet, that would be great, but I doubt it does. This might be the best way to do it so there aren't any wires involved. What do you think? If you open the pic in its own tab, you can enlarge it and see the writing a bit better.
  2. Thinking of getting a paddle board to use and get onto remote islands and beaches and just exercising in general. Never been on one and I know I'll be falling on my asss into the water many times before I get used to it, but I'm willing to go through the learning process since it does appeal to me (once I've gotten the hang of it, of course) and just wondering if anyone has any experience in that activity that and can recommend a decent, starting paddle board or particular brand and what to look for? Any suggestions are welcome and much appreciated.
  3. Agreed, definitely not. But man are they amazing boats. Their crossovers are just out of this world IMO. The only thing I never liked on them is their hardtops. Unlike Chaparral, they never really got the look right like the ones on the Signatures and 307ssx/327+ssx. Other than that, they're just amazing boats from bow to stern. The FX series is also outstanding! This is the FX/8 back in 2015. Check out the racing helm, right up your alley. Yawzah! Layout & colors are just perfect. And VP pods on this bad boy, too! I got the cabin AND rear berth pics somewhere but can't find them ATM. But look at the ergonomics of that helm. Doesn't get any more perfect than that. Show price under $300K?
  4. So you got me thinking, the more I'm thinking of bluetoothing the GPS features from the MFDS to the 12vt TV, it's making me wonder if the interface's Bluetooth capability is strictly for the NMEA2K network and whatever screens display off of that, which is all the gauges screens with all the sensors that I posted all the pics of on previous posts in this thread. While that's also fine and a great thing to have displayed on the TV, I'm more interested in getting the navigation map to show up and I'm not sure that's Bluetooth-able (for the lack of a better word). If not, what do you suppose is the best way to transfer the navigation map screen (including the video input from the cameras that will be set up) onto the TV? Output to a coaxial cable adapter and then a coax cable to the TV input? Looking at some of the FLIR cameras and holy @#$%@# are they expensive loool! I think there are some other "less expensive options" but there will be some degradation in the resolution compared to the FLIR cameras, especially at nighttime which is the whole idea behind having FLIR on the boat.
  5. I'm not seeing it on their latest list of compatible devices straight off of Garmin's website. Here's the entire list and also a support link which you can use to ask them directly, just incase there is a discrepancy. But I doubt it since that list is the latest and seems to include not only all G3 Vision compatible GPS devices lists including hand-helds, watches lol and even glass cockpits. Even every model variety of certain GPS models. Best of luck. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/662661#devices And here are some of its terrific features. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/662661
  6. I can give you the measurements since I have the same boat but a 2010 which I'm pretty sure is the same thing, but it sounds like you're asking 2 different questions. First one is the height from the water to the top of the "tower" or radar arch itself, and the second question you're asking for the measurement from the bottom of the boat to the top of the "radar" itself? So do you have a radar on top of the arch, or not? Or were you implying the radar arch? Also your title says SSi but here you're asking about an SSX. Which one is it?
  7. Very impressive resume, there. Oh I know all about the Trophy APS and it's different types for lightweight vehicles and for tanks. When you're Arab in origin and a super military enthusiast, you're automatically aware of all the stuff that comes out of Israel. Yeah it wouldn't be on the Abrams but on the Merkeva or any of the IFVs that are deploying it. But what sucks is the US never invented its own active protection system and had to integrate an Israeli version. But I suppose with all the aid Israel and tech sharing it gets from the US, the least it can do is supply the US with some of its technology. Still, your role as lead electrical engineer for the integration of the system is VERY impressive, my friend! Wow. Russia is developing a system that should be introduced with their highly anticipated T-14 Armata. They've also touted some ways to defeat almost any APS system out there, but that remains to be seen. And I still think that even with an APS, IEDs still pose a veritable threat, unfortunately.
  8. Awesome! I wish your videos were a bit longer, ma man! That thing is very smooth on the water, even the laptop isn't moving a smidgen! Nice set up and not much upgrading needs to be done at all since it looks like you have everything you need there. I crack up every time I see that US/Canada border delineated right down the middle of the river, including the St. Lawrence River. At first I thought that was the craziest thing to do when establishing a border since it would be very difficult to not only patrol, but to control it vs a land border. But after looking at it more and understanding it, it actually works better than a land border. They take that very seriously for boaters from what I've heard and not just the USCG along with its Canadian version work it, but many of the environmental agencies out there get involved in protecting it and making sure those who belong on one side or the other stay on their side. Pretty wild. Have you ever had any issues with that? BTW, talking about accuracy of GPS' on this thread, I was listening to NPR driving in the truck just yesterday, they had a segment on the development of the GPS and all things related and it reminded me of how it was originally created which I bet not too many people know about this great piece of history. In 1957, when the Russians launched the first, active satellite in the famous Sputnik 1 and being smack middle in the height of the Cold War where it was tit for tat between the two superpowers, the US was developing their nuclear submarine fleets that could launch nuclear ballistic missiles and they were getting ready to test the new Polaris missile from the newly-built submarines and they didn't have a way to locate these subs. They could launch their nukes and had all the precision for guidance and all that stuff, but they lacked the ability to know exact coordinates of their subs! So they needed a way to identify that location given the newly introduce satellite technology as well as being concerned about Sputnik's capabilities and whether the Russians had the ability to locate US submarines. So it certainly didn't make sense that the Russians might -- or might not -- be able to locate US subs while the US couldn't, without using obvious coms channels etc. that of course defeated the purpose of silence and stealthy. So the US Navy commissioned a couple of scientists/physicists from John Hopkins University to develop a way to use satellites to find and pinpoint the exact location of these nuclear submarines and about a year later, they had developed TRANSIT which at the time, used 5 satellites to pinpoint the exact location of the submarine(s) and from there on, GPS was eventually created. Granted it had a little starting help from the Russian satellites which used Doppler technology and were able to reverse that effect to create global positioning systems/satellites. Then in 1967, once the US Air Force got involved and wanted their own capabilities to pinpoint theirs and possibly enemy locations that Project 57 was created, and it was that project that essentially developed the GPS that we know today. But it all started with the need to know where US submarines' carrying (SLBMs) locations prior to launch so an effective defense system can be created and implemented after the fact in order to keep the submarines safe once they launched their missiles. They claimed that it was all part of the entire deterrent factor of the nuclear threat at the time. So it was all strictly military based and operated until interestingly enough, when Korean Airlines flight 007 (not sure if there is some irony in the number of that flight loool) was shot down by the Soviets in 1983 after straying into prohibited Russian airspace, killing all 269 poor souls onboard that Reagan issued an order to make GPS available for civilian use. And here we are today! We all have GPS thanks to the US Navy needing to know exactly where their nuclear submarines that were capable of firing nuclear ballistic missiles were, and of course all the people in between that and the 267 people who died in that terrible tragedy and Ronald Reagan. Just thought that was an interesting tidbit to mention on this thread after hearing about it on NPR just yesterday and I bet A LOT of people didn't know about that.
  9. That's pretty good! At least that takes care of helping you with the engines and drives. No I knew you didn't have it on yours. My comment was just that your model did come with the same type of arch that Denny has on this 1985 235 XLC, that's all. You can always add one on if you want. I think those are available at several places and the installation is pretty easy. Do you have a bimini set up for shade or nothing came with the boat? With the arch you can add a all sorts of things like Denny did with a complete enclosure/camper off the back of it and on the front as well, sealing it very nicely. Great-looking boat. Is this your first boat?
  10. Yeah I hear that. With a big boat, trailering every time you want to go out is a pain in the $^& and gets old very quickly, hence the discouragement which winds up keeping the boat in the driveway. Nothing like being able to walk the dock and get right on the boat and take off cruising. Obviously there's a bit more involved but that's the basic idea. Just try not to end up like this poor fella. Ooof, and he's still in the truck with not a very easy way out of that thing. Amazing that it's still attached to the trailer!
  11. I'd love to pick your brains on some of the stuff you do, but I'm guessing you're not allowed to talk about "certain" things, or at least up to a "certain extent" because of obvious security reasons. But I think you can answer this: by "military vehicles, are they mostly APC's and such, or do you actually work on combat vehicles like tanks? Any of the Abrams? There's a lot of very cool stuff in those things, especially the A2 SEPV3. Very cool. Yeah, it seems a lot of guys on here are going with the Yacht Devices for their NMEA2K network. I chose the VP simply because of that more likelihood of compatibility and that "possible" unknown factor, figuring out that sticking with the same manufacturer has better odds of things working well with one another AND, the fact that this interface has Bluetooth capability on it which just made it more interesting to me because my son drives the boat a lot (wife has been more so than usual lately, especially last season she's gained this sudden confidence LOL) so they'll be at the helm a lot more and I have this major habit (it's not necessarily distrust, but a bit over-cautiousness) to look at the GPS screen often while he's motoring the boat around and especially in our area where we have a few hazards and a lot of shallow areas and rocky ledge formation off the many islands that are all over the place. All that makes me often take a peek at the screen to be sure he's on track and aware of these things. He's always on top of everything but it's just a natural habit I have and it's a bit of a pain in the asss to keep intruding on the helm area and look at the 7 or 9 inch screen (whatever the 741xs is, I forget. So back in 2015, I installed a 12vt TV on the radar arch just above the wetbar (got the idea from @TexasPilot71 who had done the same thing on his Sig 250 and we use it just a few times at the slip when hanging out to either watch a Red Sox game or whatever. You can see it here in this pic. Can't find one with the game on but this was obviously on the night of the 4th of July. I think we had it on for a few minutes to watch the Boston Fireworks celebrations but not for too long since I didn't have shorepower set up just yet and only using the 2 house batteries. 12 volt TV works great but I still have to run the wires through the arch to hide them and make it a clean and complete installation. I'll do it at the same time I install my new Pro-Nautic charger I bought a few years ago but never got to it. It's on the looooong list looool but the bottom line is that I'm hoping I can Bluetooth the GPS screen onto this TV and be able to see the entire thing while siting on the seats in the cockpit and all comfortable, instead of constantly leaning over the helm. Current bracket is probably due for replacement and I might have to design an additional brace to keep that thing from bouncing and rocking around during cruising, even though the bracket is pretty solid. With all the pounding, it'll need a bit of extra bracing. But that's basically the goal and a large part of the motivation behind going with the VP Interface with Bluetooth.
  12. Hahahahaha! I've been guilty of doing things like that, too. So last week you traded the Ford pickup and went back to a GMC Sierra 1500 AT4? That won't pull the Sig 300? Is it the power or more about the brakes and towing/payload etc.? At least your boat is mostly at the marina, I think, so not being able to tow it just limits your ability to take it to different places, right? I know what you mean about all the new stuff in these new trucks and cars. I ordered my 2015 F-450 and went with the larger everything more so because of trailering the boat not just to the water/marina, but for traveling with it. Even though I'm in the construction business and haul and tow A LOT of things back and forth all the time, I really didn't need anything beyond an F-350, but I figured I would go the extra to make it as easy as possible since we want to trailer to a lot of places along the eastern coast, even to Florida. Boston to Miami for example is almost 1,500 miles one way! So that was the reason to go big and it's obviously great and I love it and all, but as soon as there is an issue (which there was with the DEF fluid) and diesel exhaust cleaner, the computer goes absolutely berserk. The guys at my mechanic's place had to reset the computer so that it would tell the ($5K pump!!!!!!!) to pump the DEF fluid properly because for some reason, it stopped doing that. Once you run out of fluid (or if the computer THINKS you ran out of fluid), your speed is automatically relegated to a maximum of 55mph and nothing above that. They fixed that issue (without having to change the pump thank GOD!) but then that caused other codes to go nutty, 5 of them. So when it was time to get an inspection sticker, couldn't do it because all 5 codes showed up. Took it back to the dealer who spent half a day @ $300 to reset all the codes to factory settings and then I had to drive it for 300 miles before all the codes would clear and not show up on inspection. Took over 1000 miles before all codes were reset loooool. My 2005 F-350 was so much better -- as far as simplicity was concerned -- with so many less problems (actually had it for almost 10 years without anything major happening to it) and I used the living @#$%@# out of it. Carried A LOT of heavy loads as well as towed huge equipment and it always got me from point A to B and back. Probably the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. All these new trucks are so loaded with all this fancy stuff that's only more issues to happen. I love the backup camera and now they have the invisible backup camera which is CRAZY! That, I would love to get so you can actually see behind your boat! Talk about absolute brilliant electronic inventions! And I believe you can get it since it's a GMC creation. Anyone have this?
  13. They're rubber and very flexible yet strong. I think it's the same rubber the fenders are made of IIRC. They showed a video of a boat backing up into one of them that was empty and it just flexed and popped right back into its normal shape. Just incase you forget to keep a fender in it, it still works really well. Great idea and invention and I really hope to see him there again and hear that he's selling them like crazy.
  14. Very cool. Thanks for answering all those Q's. Interesting the part about the strings because I had the same discovery when I took off the access panel on the bottom of my radar arch and found a wire that led to the portside hull wall, slightly astern of the wetbar. Made it much easier for those guys to run the wires they needed. Not sure if it was left by the factory or by whomever did work for the previous owner. My bad, sorry about that. Totally confused you with another 310 member who's out of Florida! lol, definitely feel silly. Hey, you got a lot of great fish to catch in the Pacific Northwest and speaking of Florida, not sure if they set a record today but at 6 am, Miami temperature was 37 degrees with this unusual cold front hitting the entire east coast. They must be freaked out completely since average temperature in FLA this time of year is low 70's. Hahaha, get a little taste of that, you Floridians who always brag about not knowing what "winterization" is and rubbing it in! How's it going today, @jeffk?
  15. I looked it up since this is very interesting to learn and know. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasty Sounds and looks amazing! That'll work with a cup of tea, for sure! Hey, and not only is a pasty better than a pastry, but it's certainly better than a patsy! Pastry, pasty and here's a patsy! LOL!
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