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With the big decision made to go ahead with Raymarine electronics on Starry Horizons, my previous mock up of our interior Nav Station was now out of date. So I set out to get the dimensions of the new electronics and came away with a pleasant surprise. In spite of the Raymarine screen being larger than the Furuno plotter (9″ vs 8″) that I’d looked at previously, the overall dimensions of the Raymarine unit were smaller, which I believe is going to allow for a more efficient use of the nav station space. After some playing around, here is my latest mock up:
From top left and moving clockwise:
Raymarine e95 MFD
Replacing the Furuno MFD from my last mock-up, the e95 is less wide overall, which will allow for more components to be fitted. The larger screen will also allow more options to customize the screen layout, so we can easily see vital information such as wind speed, wind direction, boat speed and depth.
Raymarine p70 Autopilot
A backup to an additional p70 that will be located up at the helm, this will allow us to make course adjustments from inside if needed.
Vesper Watchmate Vision (AIS)
I still really like this AIS unit from Vesper, and after briefly visiting with them at the Miami boat show, I came away even more impressed. The tracking and prioritization of AIS targets is by far it’s best feature, but the anchor alarm will be quite handy as well, letting us sleep better at night knowing our boat won’t drift off without us knowing. It’s wifi feature won’t be quite as vital now that our Raymarine system will include wifi as well, but it never hurts to have multiple backups.
When I did my last mock up, I wasn’t quite sure what these gauges were for. This time I know. For Helia’s that don’t have the EcoCruising Monitor, these gauges display Fuel, Water and Voltage levels, which I suppose is pretty handy information to know.
Digital Multi Control Panel
Generating enough power will be critical to ensuring all systems on Starry Horizons work, and that our enjoyment level remains high. This control panel will help us monitor batteries and other power generation so we can make sure we always have enough power.
Standard Horizon GX2000 VHF
I’ve stuck with the Standard Horizon VHF unit as they have worked well in my past experience, and the Raymarine VHF appears like it will be a bit too large to easily fit in with the rest of the equipment on this panel. This is one area where there may still be some flexibility depending on what Fountaine Pajot offers as part of the Raymarine equipment package.
Icom M802 (SSB)
Having an SSB on board is something we’re quite interested in for the ability to listen in to various cruiser nets, as well as listen to weather reports. Paring with the Pactor Modem would allow for us to receive emails while on board as well. I’ve read that they’re a bit tricky to install so this may be an item that waits until we’re back in the US before obtaining.
Pactor PTC-III Modem
This modem combines with the SSB to allow for us to download email on the boat. The speeds aren’t nearly at the level we’re used to on land, but it is a tried and true method and would work well to get weather forecasts as well.
Rather important to have music aboard. The Fusion stereo comes standard with the Helia and should work just fine for our purposes.
The one piece of equipment not shown here that we’re also looking at would be a satellite phone. There is another panel to the right of this nav station on the boat where we could mount a cradle for the phone and so far that seems like the best solution. Apparently, there isn’t a lot of room behind this additional panel to install deep components, but mounting something on the outside would work.
The next big question is what equipment will be installed at the factory vs what will be installed in France before we leave vs what will we install once we reach Florida. Depending on what ends up falling into each of those categories, we may have to re-do this panel a couple of times, which would make for all kinds of fun.