|...The new Digital Rudder Reference...|
|The Compass 9 aft the qtr berth in the stern|
Along with that, we installed the new nine-axis autopilot compass 9. In the words of B&G: With NMEA 2000® output, the Precision-9 Compass provides heading, Rate Of Turn (ROT), roll and pitch information to connected equipment including autopilot, instruments, radar, multifunction displays, and other navigational systems. So, with these two new digital tools, the new NAC-3 autopilot computer will really be smart. What we have seen with our old pilot is that a B&G autopilot computer learns the sea state and wave patterns and then, after a few minutes, the pilot will anticipate the waves and make the needed helm adjustments to keep on track. These pilots are so smart and we love sailing with ours. We actually sail 99% of the time under autopilot because it can do a much better job than we can for hours on end, day after day after day!
|Pettit Trinidad 75 Bottom Paint|
|The inboard position of Crew Triton2|
The better place to install these is over the companionway but that makes for a difficult wiring run.
We decided to place one Triton2 in the same position but keep it as far inboard as possible. This will allow for the crew to lean back into this corner and NOT be on the face of the instrument. It will also allow for easy wire runs. We wanted one in this position because the Triton2 screens have 15+ screens of information and the crew will be scrolling through various screens. This keeps the instrument in easy reach, unlike over the companionway, so we placed it here.
|Using our dremel to cut the cockpit fiberglass|
We also made sure it was not too high like our last instruments which caused a problem when you would brace your palm onto the corner of the cockpit. Over all, we took out time laying this out, then the drilling and cutting was a breeze. It was far easier to cut into this fiberglass that it was to cut the 3/4" plywood at the nav desk. So, our Triton2 crew position instrument is installed. Looking good.
Here are a few more photos of the process. Thanks for following along.
|Island Spirit with her new Pettit Trinidad 75 Bottom Paint|
|We made sure this instrument was NOT too high|
This allows us to brace ourselves against this corner.
|After drilling 1/2" corner holes, we cut out the square|
|These front tiny bezels of the Triton2 are very hard to separate|
|The bezel provides cover for the corner screws that install the Triton2|
|There it is, the finished install, looking good.|
Pay no attention to the blue tape, we will fiberglass the holes
|The corner position allows for bracing against this area|
|The finished install. Now we need to fiberglass |
the old holes and gelcoat that area