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Here is a shot of a recent radar install done on an IMX45. The pole and mounting platform are all carbon, with a very simple manual leveling system. The resulting assembly is both functional and very lightweight.
The carbon pole is sufficiently stiff that it does not require bracing to the rails. This allows for rapid install and removal of the entire pole and radome assembly for racing vs cruising. A cap seals off the deck opening when the pole is out.
This is a pod with four Ockam Magnum displays for the first US bound Swan 45 OneDesign, Tom Stark’s latest RUSH. RUSH had a magnificent year, with a slew of first through third placings here in the US, and then at the Swan World Cup in Sardinia winning her class, and placing third overall out of more than 100 yachts. This was the first RUSH in many years to have even one stitch of wood aboard her, after a string of purpose built racing yachts. It even had an enclosed head!!! A very nice ride to be sure.
Here is a shot taken at Swan’s plant. Custom Offshore’s head honcho went to the Finland to work on the yacht during construction. Doing most of the system cabling runs before the deck is installed saves enough time to be worth the added travel expense, and prevents us from having to tear open the interior of a rather nice yacht.
This is behind the scenes of a Farr 395 nav panel. Most of the Ockam instrument components are back here, along with wiring harnesses for the plethora of interfacing going on aboard.
This 395 has a recess for the laptop built into the nav table. In this layout we need not employ an Ockam display at the nav panel as all system functions can be monitored, as well as calibration functions altered, via the laptop.
Here is an install of an Ockam Matryx display on a
This is a nav station panel from a J160 during construction at TPI in RI. Custom Offshore had been contracted by the dealer for this boat (in Nova Scotia) to supply and install the electronics package. Much of the cabling runs were installed prior to the yacht's deck going down, which can save hours of installation hassles. This installation is a good example of a client's insistence on using purely top-shelf equipment. At lower left is an Icom VHF, next to that an SEA SSB. Top left is one of Simrad's new 10" color LCD combination units, containing a fully automatic differential GPS chartplotter and 4kw dual speed radar. To the right of that is an Ockam Matryx display, an item far too involved to fully describe here.
This is part of the autopilot install from the same J160. The ramset with its fluid reservoir, pump motor, valves, plumbing, and solenoid (not visible, on the back of the upright) is all contained on one sub-chassis that can be removed from the boat for service without disturbing any of the plumbing.
On some smaller vessels, such as the J35c pictured here, the autopilot drive will be a self-contained ramset with the pump attached directly and no external plumbing. Here such a ram has been installed to a platform fabricated to support its loads. The ram and the feedback link run to custom aluminum and G10 connector plates fabricated to attach directly to the quadrant.
Certain yachts have unusual circumstances and require a different approach to autopilot installations. Sometimes space may be so limited that a balanced ram (such as Simrad employs) cannot fit, as the back of the ramrod would poke through the side of the boat at the full "in" position. One can then either used an unbalanced ram (with their occasional feedback issues) or go to another drive type. Here on a J/42 we've used a Whitlock linear electric drive, not to be confused with a linear electric ram. These drives are expensive, but powerful and compact, and have extremely minor feedback resistance. The owner of this yacht is ecstatic with the overall feel of the autopilot.
Here is the nav from the J160 mentioned above. Fwd of the helm position is the panel shown earlier above. To the right is a VGA flatscreen for the onboard computer, and a host of auxiliary systems, including a backup handheld GPS (hardwired to ships power and an external antenna), and a second station/intercom unit linked to the cockpitVHF.
Here is the helm area of the J160, almost completed. On center in front of the wheel is the Simrad/Robertson AP control head, with an Ockam Matryx display just off to the right. Another Matryx can be seen just ahead of the stbd mainsheet winch, and there is another matching it at the port winch. Notice that the Matryx at the helm is setup vertically while the one at the winch is horizontal. This is the only display on the market (to the best of our knowledge) that allows this. Below the helm compass is a cable feed for the not yet installed chartplotter/radar repeater.
A close-up of a Matryx, here set for 4 lines of info. The Matryx has 18 fully programmable pages, and each can display 1, 2, 3, or 4 pieces of information at once, with the digits getting larger when showing fewer lines. It also can show stripcharts of wind direction or windspeed versus time without the need for an external processor (ie., laptop) in the system. This display is an amazingly versatile tool for the racer and cruiser alike.
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