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Sailors and all who run a boat need access to data from instruments... which gather and process raw data from transducers and radio
signals on one sort or another... AIS
, sonar and so forth.
will involve processing/using the data and so the helmsmen does need access to the data. A few years ago instant chart plotting became a reality and it has migrating from below decks at the *nav station* to the cockpit
within physical and visual grasp of the helmsmen... who in most cases on a small vessel is also the navigator (all made much simpler by the new technology).
What we have seem is the emergence of binnacles decked out with a vast array of instruments. This arrangement seems to assume that there is a helmsman standing at the wheel
manually driving the vessel. Or perhaps there is really no other good place to mount these instruments for the skipper
to use in the cockpit
. Where else is the skipper
most likely to be but at the helm
Most of these pedestal
pods are add ons so to speak... evolution of the basic compass
and perhaps the engine
throttle and tranny controls.
What strikes me as odd... is that the autopilot
is now very sophisticated and on most of these tricked out yachts... certainly the ones with pedi-pods... and the skipper no longer needs to stand aft at the helm
. I know I don't.
I helm the boat only going to a dock
, a mooring
and leaving the same... And in those cases the only instrument I need to see is likely the depth sounder
(chart may be handy in anchoring). As such I find myself positions forward in my cockpit *under the rear of the dodger
... where the AP controls are located. Shiva has an instrument *dash* above the companionway
which is closer that from the helm and I am able to button press for various multi functions now available in these displays. If all these instruments were located in a pedi pod I would be back there... and in Shiva under the sun! Of course many yachts have biminis and the weather
protection is no an issue. But few seem to have seats and so are yachtsmen standing there during most of the passage
the instruments??? or do they pop back there occasionally for a look see... such as I did in days gone by when I descended to the Nav Station to examine the plotter and radar
and so forth.
Where is the optimal place for the instrumentation for a cruising yacht. We know the racers use those maxi
displays forward at the mast
so all the crew can see the key data. Is something forward similar to the racer
approach applicable to the cruising yacht and is the pedi pod a trajectory making the sailing yacht more like a motor