Below is the new layout. From left to right we have:
- FAR2117 radar control panel. This is the larger panel with all the dedicated controls for easier operation.
- Dual autopilot controls. They come in a large and small form factor, and by using the smaller ones I'm able to fit both.
- The FCV627 fish finder fits nicely in the remaining space
- Up next to the monitor is the control panel for the windlass. It needs to be relocated from where the AP and fish finder controls will go. I'd much rather have the AP, fish finder, and radar in easy reach from the helm chair, so the windlass control moves further away.
|New equipment layout|
Now all I need is room for the second radar, and that brings us to the overhead. In the next picture you can see the existing setup with the two large control panels for the wing and main engines. Each has start/stop controls, a dimmer, PowerView multi function display, alarm, tach and a handful of dedicated gauges for various functions. My primary display for all this data is my Maretron monitoring screen, so these panels are just for backup. And anything displayed on the dedicated gauges can also be displayed on the PowerView device.
|Large dedicated engine control panels|
So, to recapture a big chunk of space and create a perfect spot for the 1835 radar, I decided to combine both engines into a single, simplified panel. Below is one of the original panels, followed by a Photoshop mockup of the new combined panel. For each engine there are start/stop controls, a dimmer, a PowerView display, and an alarm sounder. The power view can show 4 gauge values at once, so I can still see 4 out of the 5 pieces of data from the original main engine panel, and all of the data from the wing engine panel. So very little is given up in exchange for all the recovered space.
|Original, full-function engine control panel|
|New, simplified control panel for both wing and main engines|
With all this new-found space, I have a perfect location for the 1835 Radar.
|Furuno 1835 radar and combined engine control panel|