I am sort of excited. We are finally getting together the basics of what will become the navigation
We started with a handheld garmin gps
, that can link to my laptop
Scored a nice flat screen monitor
from work that no one was using that can be mounted on a swing bracket that will position it in the hatchway while in use, behind an acrylic hatch
during wet weather
I have looked at the software
. Seaclear and open CPN
seem to be the two non professional systems in use. I know that, come that day, I can link up the gps
, the laptop
and the software
to the monitor
and have a chart plotter.
We nabbed a handheld VHS radio
Last week we got a raytheon depth sounder
for a song, never used. Planning on putting the transducer into mineral oil
in a container in the bilge
ahead of the keel
This weekend we scored a complete autohelm radar
system, with the little dome, hardly used. an ST50.
speed and wind direction original to her equipment
, by Signet. We don't know if they work or what needs to be done to make them usable or if they are just interesting relics. We know the cable from the top of the mast
to the instrument panel broke or was cut.
Just starting to sort this all out.
Do we NEED an additional mounted VHS radio
or is the handheld, which has worked great out on the bay so far, but not been tested out the gate, going to be enough?
Is it realistic to think I can cobble this all together into a "system" or will I have the charting on the monitor and the radar
on the radar screen
and the depth
info on that screen separate?
Not that I think that would be a bad thing, but all together would be cool.
Can I incorporate AIS
into the chart system? Will I need some other equipment
to do this?
Can we use the Signet wind instruments still? The little cups at the top of the mast
are broken but I know they can be replaced, at least I think, I have seen them in West Marine
. The wind vane
still works, as in it moves with the wind and I do the old fashioned thang, look up to see what way the wind is blowing. but speed would be useful information...
Am I (more) crazy than usual to think I can get this stuff all functioning as a system of some sort?
Mostly I am just excited about the depth
finder and radar. between the two we spent 350.00 and that just rocks in my book!