As happy as you are looking at a pile of packages containing new instruments, it does make you a little nervous about the installation.
Martin Gadman from Happy Yachting and I committed a full day to make the most of his knowledge. Before that, I had done most of the time-consuming jobs running the wiring and assembly. In total, we spent 35 hours from clean boat to working system…
After 6 seasons we know how to sail the boat and know how we want to use the electronics. So the relevant people in the team had a pretty good idea of what was important when we had the chance to reinstall.
Some important factors were:
Ergonomics. Everything must be in the right place, so the right people view them properly and utilize all functions. Here we have removed some displays and moved others to make sure they are all in the right places.
Robustness. Everything must be mounted to withstand severe weather, flogging sails and moisture. Where the plotter has previously been mounted in a bracket, we will now mount it in proper housing. Where the mast instruments were previously open at the back, they are now covered and many other small improvements to make the system really robust. In the last Caribbean 600, several boats retired because the electronics went down – so that risk has to be minimized.
Serviceability. This is easy to forget. Most people put electronics in, behind or under stuff where they are not visible. However, when you need to, it’s completely impossible to access them. On Blur, everything will be easily accessible in darkness and +20 knots wind.
This is the second article in this series. In the first, I explained why we chose B&G and our thoughts behind the setup.