Reader Systems, BoatGuy checks in


This beauty of a system diagram, bigger here, came in from Al Corkins, aka BoatGuy (his email and Web site handle). The color coding indicates what exists on his boat (green), what’s in a closet ready for install (blue), and what he’s planning after that (pink). I asked Al where he got all those cool drawings of his components, and it turns out that he creates them in Microsoft Paint! He also has a wonderful Web site documenting his boats, and particularly his boat projects, which he does well (check out this C-80 install, for instance). I’ve only skipped around, but the factual content looks excellent and included is an appropriate sense of humor, even a boat project philosophy

The successful boat project is truly an art form…The three primary tools you need for ensuring the project is done correctly is research, research, and research.

By the way I submitted a collage of this and other Panbo reader diagrams to go with my articles about picking systems. And I’m hoping that by the time they come out in print, I’ll be able to pretty up the reader system pages. More submissions are welcome, a new Panbo look is in the works, I swear.  

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Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

1 Response

  1. Norton Rider says:

    This is a nice system with lot’s of features. I have a couple of comments:
    1- I don’t see any redundancy for the the primary systems. Maybe a secondary, stand alone VHF and GPS should be added.
    2- I’m not sure the KVH fluxgate compass is stable enough for the radar overlay. A gyro stabilized compass or a GPS compass (expensive!) may be better.

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