Nomadic Research Labs Surplus

Last updated: July 22, 2014

This is probably going to be my favorite department in the store, with an evolving mix of gizmological goodies that for whatever reason need to find new homes. In many cases, though I really should know better by now, I bought cool high-tech stuff and put it on the shelf, only to discover 3 years later that I need a newer version. In other cases, I bought the wrong gadget, extracted something useful from the boat, or simply changed my design. Whatever the case, this page is a collection point for random treasures new and used (with only one of each available unless otherwise noted). Things are removed immediately when they are sold, but if you want to confirm or have other questions before buying something, please feel free to drop me a line.

Pair of 12V halogen boat interior lights – $45.00 → Add to Cart

Removed from Nomadness: two brass halogen marine dome light fixtures with wood (teak, I think) trim rings to allow surface mounting with side wire-exit. I am changing everything to LEDs… but these were in my galley and work fine. Each has a mini toggle switch, and they take those common push-in halogen bulbs (12 volts). The photo makes it look like the wood is varnished, but it is not. The fixture diameter is 3-1/2″ and the wood ring is 4-1/2″. These would also be great under-counter lights in an RV; the teak mounting pads give them a beautiful finished look.

UV40/TF30 GPS on USB Eval Board – $50.00 → Add to Cart

I bought this from Sparkfun in 2005 for $139.95, and it was mounted in the Shacktopus system… but never powered up. As you can see from the photo, I have stacked the active antenna on the GPS module, and added stand-offs so the unit can mount just below a non-metallic surface. Power is drawn from USB, and it generates the 3.3V from there. A power LED indicates operation, and a coin cell holder (CR2032) allows the GPS to hot-start. The GPS itself is from Laipac, and is a very simple “plug and go” device that puts out 4800-baud sentences as soon as it’s powered up… I’m pretty sure the module here is the TF30. If you buy this, please remind me and I’ll email you the schematic and a documentation PDF about the USB eval board.

Nicolet Isolated Electrical Stimulator – $90.00 → Add to Cart

IES 402-2 Isolated Electrical StimulatorModel IES 405-2 – for your EEG and EMG needs. I have no way to test this, but guaranteed (2 weeks) against DOA.

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2 Responses to Nomadic Research Labs Surplus

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Steve,

    You may recall we met when you looked at a house I was renting and considering selling on Bainbridge with a deepwater dock. I see you have made several moves, always getting closer to paradise and presumably ‘sailing away”. I sold the house on B.I. and bought a trawler which I plan on cruisng he Inside Passage on this spring. I owned the boat a little more than one year and managed to log 300+ engine hours and over 1800nm, so not to bad for my first year. Of course, that probably sounds like horrible punishment to a sailor/passagemaker like yourself. Did I read in Three Sheets that you took a trip to Barkley Sound? How’s Sky doing?


  2. Steve says:

    HI David…

    Congratulations on the boat and the adventures! I’m still immersed in projects, but am having fun with them and getting steadily closer. Nothing wrong with a trawler… it’s all about getting out there and being free, whatever the toolset.

    No Barkley Sound yet, but it’s coming. I’m now based in Friday Harbor… see the blog for more news as it unfolds.


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