Originally Posted by skipmac
Guess I'm missing something. For those like me that are a bit slow on the uptake, why is standing in front of the pedestal better than standing behind it?
I only steer when I'm in the mood otherwise the autopilot
does it all whilst I can push it's buttons and tweak the sails
from forwards in the shelter of the sprayhood/dodger out of the way of direct sunlight, spray and wind
and directly in front of the radar
and chart display which is up on the coachroof starboard side In confined waters and berthing I will of course get behind the wheel
for as long as is needed. From forwards I can easily look at all the functions available on the MFD, which is in an adjustable pod on the coachroof, radar
( with/without radar overlaid as I wish) The single
GSM display at the wheel
can display windspeed true,or apparent, wind direction, amplified wind direction closehauled, tack angles, boatspeed etc in analog or digital format depending how each of it's scrollable pages are pre-configured. This single head
multi display pod can be rotated and tilted to suit the standing or sitting forwards of the wheel position or the behind thewheel position As an extra, the autopilot
can also be scrolled through multiple pages to display any data available on the full network, including BTW, DTW, TTW COG, SOG,VMG,HDG,LAT, LONG, XTE, depth
temp. etc This pilot control head is also in a rotatable and tiltable pod on the pedestal guard so it toocan be viewed and operated from anywhere, behind, aside or ahead of the wheel as preferred. The VHF
has a Remote
access handset plugged in to a cockpit
socket by the wheel and all the VHF
and it's DSC
functions can be controlled from that handset.
All of thebove is a nicety rather than essential, but we installed a complete new system on purchasing
our boat, bought used, as the existing stuff was faulty.