One of the reasons we decided to go with Simrad for our electronics was their ability to be used with a variety of monitors. This afternoon, we got a first taste of some of the options available.
Kiwi ace electronics tech Dave Martin was aboard working on the Cochise navigation package. Dave and Deon, Circa’s lead sparky, were testing the system with a variety of displays, singly and in various combinations. In the lead photo, Dave has the 60”/1.5m Samsung 4K TV connected to the Simrad system in demonstration mode. Deon had floated the idea for the great room helm to have its monitor flat, under a piece of glass, so that it was optimized for viewing when standing up, with the countertop still available for setting things down. The flat concept does not work well when seated on watch, so the effectiveness of the TV monitor is critical.
The Samsung monitor is recognized by the Simrad video card, and what you see is what you get. The picture above is taken from eye height when seated in the helm chair.
Here the camera is working from height of eye in the port side settee.
And finally from behind the galley counter. The great room is in a confused state right now, with all of the surface finish protection, and there are four different monitors connected in this scene. That big Samsung TV monitor works great as a navigation display.
It will work well as a TV at anchor too.
Okay, time for some fresh air. We’re standing on the swim platform, looking to port, at the big aluminum kedge anchor. It will be ready to deploy quickly when (not if) we find ourselves in water a little bit thinner than optimal for floating freely. The vented door is where…
…the spare props will live on the below-the-shelf spindle. Garbage and misc items like fenders will live here happily together.
Turn to starboard, and we get an idea for the flammable stores locker volume. There is room on that shelf for 12-14 of the 20L/5.6 US gallon storage containers.
We shall close with this contemplative pose (with a shout-out to Rodan). You might title it “how to get a head”. The practicalities of the design start with being able to use the head when you are on watch, maintaining situational awareness. Space is intentionally tight, 550mm/22” in width, to hold you in place when in rough weather.
We’ll try for another update tomorrow.