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SAILS....Pilot House
Pilot House The pilot house has a commanding view of the water. Depending upon the helmsman natural height, his/her eyes will be 14-16 feet above the water. The bow is only 15 feet from the helm so the helmsman is actually looking down to the bow and the waterway. This gives you unprecedented views as you cruise. The only limited view is to the stern, which has been augmented with closed-circuit TV RearView. Protection from the weather is complete while allowing a full breeze if appropriate when the doors and windows are open. The instruments have been conveniently located above the windows for easy reference while keeping the desktop open and uncluttered for charts, reference books, binoculars, and a laptop for Coastal Explorer 2009 and XM Weather. This desk space is heavily utilized while cruising and has been invaluable as an open area. Under the desk is vast storage for charts, coast pilots, cruising guides, instruments and navigational tools, code flags, life jackets, flairs, horns, EPIRB, tools, flashlights, handheld VHF radios.....the list is endless.
The helmsman chair is an adjustable draftsman chair with felt pads to protect the teak and holly flooring. The bench was completely rebuilt out of solid oak in 2005, and now is much more comfortable than the original. This bench is an optional berth when additional guests are aboard. Under the bench are the air conditioner's air handlers for the main salon/galley, and the pilothouse/master areas. This central location for the air handlers has resulted in extremely short AC ducts which translates into efficiency and almost no condensation. The 6 inch Ritchie compass was added 2005 and has been corrected down to one degree accuracy. Even greater accuracy is obtained by the Furuno satellite compass that is accurate down to 0.4 degree true, irrespective of latitude, local variations, or ship's deviation. A network of RayMarine instruments are connected to the satellite compass for precise overlays and accurate navigation. There are two watertight Freeman doors to the bridge deck, one has a pet access that is normally kept sealed with it's water tight hatch. The floor is teak and holly, the ceiling is bead board.

Equipment in the Pilot House:
  • 6 inch Ritchie Globemaster Steel Boat Compass B-463
  • Wagner Hydraulic steeling with 36 inch stainless destroyer wheel
  • Micro Commander electric engine controls with synchronization, port lead
  • Voyager RearView Color TV monitor AOM 681 (cameras aft and in the engine room)
  • XM Radio Pioneer with 4 Boston speakers in ceiling
  • XM Weather radio
  • Yanmar instruments for the twin diesels
  • Neutral-Salt controls for the twin diesels
  • RayMarine RL80C Radar Color LCD display
  • RayMarine RC631 GPS chartplotter display
  • RayMarine WAAS Raystar 120
  • RayMarine 435 chartplotter
  • RayMarine ST7001+ Autopilot with course computer
  • RayMarine ST60 Plus Tridata Depth, Water Speed and Water Temperature
  • RayMarine ST60 PLus Wind Indicator
  • RayMarine 215 DSC VHF radio
  • Furuno SC-60 Satellite Compass
  • ClearView 10 inch
  • Digital Antenna Cell phone Amplifier
  • Digital Antenna VHF Antenna
  • XM Radio Marine Antenna
  • KVH G6 Satellite TV Antenna
  • McMurdo Precision 406 GPS EPIRB (registered through 2008)
  • Weems and Plath Radio Controlled (WWV) Clock, and matching Barometer
  • Fiamm dual electric compressed air horn
  • Perko Stainless Steel Searchlight with 7" Halogen bulb
  • Engraved ships bell
  • DC breaker panel
  • Controls for anchor windlasses and hydraulic system
  • High water alarm for main bilge in Engine Room
  • Flares and fire extinguisher
  • 2 type I life jackets with strobe lights and whistles
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