Completed Marine Electronics Panel of the Vessel "Osprey"


This is the new, completed marine electronics panel of the vessel "Osprey" a 60' Buddy Davis that has a hailing port of Palm Beach, but also frequents Riviera Beach, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Boynton Beach, the Bahamas and outer islands. Before this new panel was fabricated out of epoxy coated 3/4" marine plywood with a veneer finish, the old panel was removed. The existing panel had an old and outdated Furuno, Icom, and Raymarine system which was mismatched, faded, and not operating properly. Due to sloppy installation and wiring practices, the old equipment was not easily serviceable either.

The construction of the new panel was designed and fabricated to change the angle relative to the captain's perspective. This allowed easier viewing and the mounting of the main components higher rather than lower due to the area they occupied behind the panel. The entire electronics enclosure was also redesigned to allow it to articulate fully forward. This was accomplished by two men removing the hatch motor attaching pin and manually lifting until the entire unit was upside down and facing forward. The ease to installation and serviceability this improvement made was easily justified and saved in labor costs during the installation and every time anything required access.

The new marine electronics consist of two Raymarine "E series", one "C series" which provide regular cartography, 3D cartography, 4kw and 10kw simultaneous radar operation, 1000kw depth sounder, video inputs from the boat's four video cameras (two engine room, two salon), satellite weather, and satellite radio. The "C series" was installed to offer complete redundancy as a backup chartplotter, 4kw radar, and with a simple cable swap 1000kw depth sounder to the networked "E series" in the event of a failure on that system. The "C series" system had it's own independent GPS antenna for further redundancy.

The stereo system consisted of an Alpine head unit, with auxiliary input module allowing input of Sirius satellite radio, Direct TV satellite radio, and audio input from one of the video inputs on the "E series" allowing the operator to watch whatever was on TV in the master stateroom with stereo quality audio. MB quartz marine speakers were installed throughout the exterior of the boat to give good sound quality wherever people were.

The Simrad autopilot was relocated on the new panel and interfaced with the GPS as were the new ICOM VHF radios. The upper ICOM VHF radio was linked with a Command Mic at the captain's right side to allow quicker and easier access. The Detroit Diesel electronic engine controls were relocated in the new panel, and the emergency remote station, which had never been installed properly was also located in a useable place on the new panel. A small custom panel for the backup genset was relocated on the new panel as well.

A basic marine electronics instruction course was given to the owner and captain, as well as continuing support with the installed products including software updates, and servicing of any component problems that came along in the future.