|The navigators area 2017, pre-purchase.
|The electrical panel.
|WIP. Note the piece of pontoon decking! Now removed.
The existing Sterling 4 step alternator regulator was moved to the bulkhead along with a new gas detector and car radio. The new anchor windlass CB, some USB and 12V power outlets were added to the panel.
Over the next year I added more solar panels to end up with 115W on a new gantry and 35W on the cabin roof, a wind generator, a second 200 AHr domestic battery bank with automatic charge management by Digital Voltage Sensitive Relays, NASA battery monitors for the domestic banks and an IridiumGo satellite system. A new hybrid solar and wind controller had to be installed which now independently feeds the domestic banks and the starter battery.
|Version 2, 2018
|Rain screens early 2019. In moderate rain from aft only
3 or 4 strips are needed to keep the charts dry.
A curtain from forward of the seat to forward
of the galley protects the rest of the cabin.
|An hour later on radar watch in fog, Radar, AIS and the planned route
on the plotter, which is driving the autopilot. An Admiralty chart &
AIS on an iPad for situational awareness. Power for the iPad is
from a waterproof USB port behind it
In late 2019 I tided up the panelling outboard of the chart table giving additional support to the chart table and to the electrical panel, panelled over the exposed bolts under the deck and fitted additional storage for small items and the binoculars.
|Hopefully the final configuration.
|The back of the panel has got rather cluttered!
GPSmap, Autopilot head and VHF/DSC.
The low position can result in a crick in
the neck and back when keeping radar watch
in fog which I have had to do several
times in the last couple of seasons.
On deck when costal sailing I can have the iPad displaying the Imray chart & AIS and have the plotter (or the 2nd iPad) showing just radar (and optionally AIS) which, especially at night, makes it easier to spot radar targets than when using overlay mode.
Both iPads have a range of software but only requires one licence:
- MemoryMap charting software with a full set of UK Admiralty Charts and Antares detailed charts of Scottish anchorages, which with the NMEA to Wi-Fi adapter supports AIS plotting.
- Garmin Active Captain.
- IridiumGo software.
- PredictWind .
|An iPad displaying the Admiralty raster chart as I wend my way
from St Helen's Sound, Isles of Scilly. AIS contacts and tracks
are available via the Wi-Fi bridge.
See also the reconfigured battery compartment and power distribution panel here.