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This project started with a sigh. The little I know about yacht distribution panels is more than I wish I knew, and a glance suggested hours of tedium ahead. The panel was crammed, every wire hard against the other as if vacuum-packed and further compressed by the weight of its own suspension. No way to work on it without a crowbar.
See any circuit breakers in this photo? There are
Updated 09-27-2016 at 02:21 PM by Christian Williams
Well I finally got to go sailing yesterday afternoon with the new EV-100 (Raymarine tiller autopilot) and compare it to the TP-22 (Simrad tiller pilot) and man what a difference there is between those two autopilots! Its like night and day. I thought the old tiller pilot did pretty well, but compared to the way this new auto pilot steers it makes the little tiller pilot look like a joke. It really has exceeded my expectations. The ocean was confused with a heavy chop coming from a different
Updated 09-20-2016 at 11:57 AM by Shelman
My Simrad TP-22 steers the boat alright under most circumstances, but it struggles in a following or quartering sea, and doesn't react fast enough to keep the boat on course in those conditions. I am also on my third one in three years, Simrad was very good to work with for warranty repair and I have no complaints about the company in general. I recognized early on however that I needed a more robust solution to my steering needs.
I considered at one point the option of building a servo pendulum
Updated 09-20-2016 at 10:45 AM by Shelman
As my future plans include some time away from the dock I had to chose between solar, wind, or additional alternator power.
Solar won out fairly quickly as the best option, but I didn't want to add an ugly porch roof over the cockpit to hold them so the best way to get the solar area I needed was to use smaller panels, and spread them out around the boat a bit. I still have room to add some more panels on top of the companionway hatch garage in the future if needed, but up to this point
She is moored for now in Tomahawk Bay Marina in Portland OR. We would love to meet a sistership!