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Old 10-24-2019, 06:48 PM   #1
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From 8 miles per minute to 8 miles per hour.

Here are a couple shots of my retirement cockpit. If you're wondering, the autopilot is off... the slippered foot is a dead give away.

I have some old gear like my 1983 Furuno Fishfinder that's great at finding sturgeon but only displays two colors...orange on black. It just keeeeps working so I keep it. Besides, I've got other better things for the boat to spend my money on!

The leather wheel wrap was a retirement gift from my coworkers in the FAA. The autopilot is a belt wrapped around a motor and a pulley on the wheel intended for a sailboat but works great on my slow trawler. Rudimentary but functional...or as I like to say, Comfortably Imperfect.

The charging/power station is a combination of a 3-bottle wine box from Napa and a gift from Daintless/Wxx3 before he left for Alaska. It's 12V powered but has a peanut inverter to provide limited AC power. The top fits a laptop, keeping it elevated from spillage.
Back vents and a sliding top provide passive ventilation.

There's a nice compass buried in there somewhere that Codger2 donated to my boating cause years ago.

Most accessories visible are because of recommendations or lessons learned here on TF.

Show us a shot or two of your personalized cockpit.
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Old 10-24-2019, 09:16 PM   #2
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Builder built the helm's display to my specific instruction and are undoubtedly unique. Readouts primarily of the driver's interest such as fuel consumption rate, rudder angle, depth-finder, auto-pilot, engine speed, are to starboard, while instruments also of interest to the lookout are radar/GPS, horn controls, and search light controls are to the left.
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