One of the most important items is our Autopilot. The Simrad-Robertson AP20 autopilot is the best we could purchase. The steering, from the center cockpit, is connected via chain (2x) to the rudder quadrant. The autopilot drive is completed by the large electric (DC) drive motor, again via chain. No cables to break or worry about. The large wheel, in the cockpit, detaches via a large T-nut. We never run with the wheel attached more than a few minutes. The autopilot display also has a turn dial knob for adjusting the course or making quick moves.
There are 2 NMEA networks. Both 0183 and 2000 are interconnected. Again both networks are joined in the cockpit via 2 Simrad (side by side) displays. Each Simrad IS20s Graphic connects 2 NMEA 2K and 1 NMEA-0183. Also in the cockpit is a 20 mile radar (monochrome) and a Garmin GPS. No chart plotter. We use our phones and tablet for display. Beside the Autopilot display is a Garmin 12XL GPS. These 2 displays are in the same
At the chart table is a new Simrad IS42 NMEA 2K color display. All information is repeated there without moving to the cockpit.
2 Depth Sounders are joined via a Actisense NDC-4 combiner/repeater. The 3rd depth sounder is run directly to one of the displays in the cockpit. This is done to make sure if the NDC-4 fails, there is another depth sounder has a direct connection to the network and other NMEA displays. Each sounder is on a differing frequency, with no interference to each other.
The mast head of the main mast has a bright commercial Anchor Light (LED low power).
With special note: All RG-58 coax wiring have been removed. ALL coax connections have been upgraded to LMR-400. Both masts have a Digital Antenna mounted at the mast head. Currently those connections are joined together at the chart table where there are 2 VHF radios with interconnected with a RF switch and fuse. The Standard Horizon 2150 has AIS connections. The other radio is a Yaesu FT-2900 VHF. This unit is currently programmed for marine (US Canadian) stations. Power levels are set from 5 to 75 watts. These antennas can be each connected to one of the two VHF radios. This will allow both to active while each radio has dual-watch, scan etc..
The Sangean ATS-909X World-Band Portable Radio has been modified by Radio Labs for best reception. Stunning little digital receiver. Again at the chart table is the remote display and controller for the Blue Sky SB-3024 (40 Amp/12 VDC) solar charger. On the aft solar rack is 440 watts of new solar panels. These panels tilt about 45 degrees to aft, with the blue deck lights under. Two older 75 watt panels are flip up on the sides with a separate controller (20 amp). All connections have NO interconnections/direct wiring from the solar panels to the charger/controller with 6 ga wiring.
At the chart table are external speakers for most all radios. A hand held VHF. The Standard Horizon 850S is the (water proof/floating) normal hand held VHF. There is a stereo player with pop-up display.
Next to the chart table is the switch/breaker panel. This panel display has current/voltage selections. All wiring is tinned copper with either PVC or silicon jackets. Lots of spare wiring. ALL wiring goes to each bulkhead and into a clear face case PVC interconnect enclosure. Wiring is in pristine condition.
There is a battery charger under the salon table. We use 4x large batteries for house and another se