Thought I'd show you how I typically have the helm set up when underway. We don't even have 100 hours on the boat yet, so I'm sure this will evolve.
The two outside screens are PC monitors being driven by one PC. The inside screens are Garmin 8617 MFD's.
The PC screen at left is running the Maretron monitoring application. It's showing the status of most of the items being monitored, and an engine room camera.
The first MFD is showing the cruising area in a scale that shows the general area.
The second MFD has our chart in one window, in a larger scale, so we can see depths right in front of us. Note the AIS target, our buddy boat Kazuma. The other window is showing our Fantom digital radar. We use this for not only what is ahead, but what is behind as well.
I need to play with the setup and see if I can eliminate one "stack" of the various "numbers" as two are redundant.
The right side PC screen is dedicated to the Axis HD cameras. 99% of the time we have this camera displayed, the view straight out the back.
We have the two VHF's. One is on 16, one on the channel we are using for the buddy boat. You can of course do this with one radio, in dual mode. But it's nice to do it this way.
The CAT screens tell me we are burning 5 gals an hour on each engine, we are making almost 9 knots. Not bad for 2,000 horsepower, combined.
The two small displays under the CAT displays are also Garmins. On the left is one that can display any number of screens, typically we have it showing weather, i.e. windspeed, direction and so on. The one on the right is the autopilot screen. Have to say I'm really liking the autopilot operations.
My android phone sits on a charging pad, acting as a hotspot for the boat's PC and whatever else we want to connect. So we can bring things up on the internet right on either PC screen. We also have important manuals and other resources on the PC so they are just a click away.
I have a secondary charting application, Coastal Explorer, on the PC as well. Haven't really used it yet. The plan is when we get to more tricky waters, say in Alaska, we would view two charts that utilize separate chart datum.
And outside those big windows, is the smoke that bad? No, just how I did the exposure for this shot to show you the helm in proper light.
I have posted previously one shot from the Axis camera system on board. Yesterday I got to use them while driving the boat for my first time! We had a pretty extensive sea trial to accomplish.
I found it quite useful to have a nice large display of what is behind us, while running. Here I'm driving through the Montlake cut. Very cool!
That's Steve D'Antonio (www.stevedmarineconsulting.com). He is conducting one of his reviews on our boat. I'll have more about that in upcoming posts.
The two ER cameras were really helpful doing our various tests. Steve would tell me certain things to do with the boat, and observe in the ER. We had a little signal system. Worked great and saved a lot of time.
Both side decks are monitored as well. Using the Axis software on the PC, these cameras can record basically anything. And you can even set up zones, for example outline the side deck area, and it will record if there is movement there, but not people walking by on the dock.
Ladies and gentleman, yours truly docked Mahalo for the very first time!
(Well, with some expert help from Robert Fiala of HYG.) As I slowly thrustered onto the dock, the port side deck camera was amazingly helpful. We could really see exactly where I needed to be. Most of the time on Hamptons you would do this from the cockpit driving station. But when you are back that far you lose sense of where the bow is.
Perhaps with the camera we can do more docking from the pilothouse.
Although I didn't show it, you can display any of the cameras together on the screen in basically infinite ways.
It was a great first day!
The display area of the helm is installed! As I said in a previous post, we have two Garmin MFD (multi function displays) in the middle, with room on the outside for two 19" computer monitors. Here one of the Garmin guys is wiring up the MFDs. Very exciting.
Flybridge MFD up and running!
Right now the only things on the mast are the radars. We have a big 6' open array traditional magnetron radar. The radar in the 24" dome is one of the new digital doppler radars that use very low power and have incredible target resolution.
The low power requirement means we can run it from the inverter, thus using the "guard zone" and other features when at anchor.
One of the coolest features is its new MARPA technology. As it acquires targets (i.e. other vessels) it computes their courses and speeds, comparing them to Mahalo's. Targets that have a potential for collision are shown in red, those with no potential are green. Boating is getting safer all the time. Here's the Garmin web page on the radar if you are interested.
Well, they didn't get a nice shot of both MFD's displaying their data. But we get a little peekaboo shot here. Going to be awesome seeing Puget Sound displayed.