First Edition is equipped with Czone vessel monitoring and switching as an integral part of the vessel. All the major systems are controlled from the Czone panel on the dash. The genset, which is on a timer, kicks in automatically when the voltage drops below a certain level and Czone sends texts for low voltage and any other alarms.
Many vessel functions can be controlled via a smart phone or tablet. Czone also monitors motion sensors to detect intruders onboard, texting an alarm.
Dave wanted an electronics suite that allowed him to do it all: game fishing, bottom fishing and cruising, including at night. Electronic Navigation supplied the heart of the system, which is Pc-based and can be controlled using a keyboard and mouse. Three large Hatteland displays can show a variety of data, including inputs from the Furuno TZ Touch, DFF3 sounder and GPS plotter, the FLIR camera, Furuno Radar and WASSP multi-beam sonar, a well-proven second generation unit.
One display is normally dedicated to WASSP, another to the conventional sounder, using a 3kw 38khz transducer, a 2kw 200khz transducer or both, radar or navigation (chart), with or without radar overlay, or combinations thereof. Radar has Furuno’s target analyzer which shows moving targets in red. An AIS system is included. The third display can be assigned to WASSP or other inputs.
The WASSP works in conjunction with a dedicated Maxsea system to display real-time seabed charting on the right-hand screen, a feature Dave is itching to explore. This system incorporates multiple transducers for the WASSP and Furuno DFF3 sounder housed in a huge 1.9-metre long pod faired along First Edition’s centerline.
between 20 and 29 knots and generally runs flat. At lower speeds Interceptor tabs keep the nose down. One of the attributes of IPS is a very flat fuel burn at cruising speed. First Edition burns pretty much the same amount of fuel per nautical mile at 20 knots as she does at 30, depending on the conditions. Her fuel burn at 28 knots is four litres per nautical mile, both engines.
First Edition’s twin helm seats are extremely comfortable. Featuring folding armrests and fold-away bolsters, they are positioned to provide good all round vision. Underway, vision over the bows is excellent. The screens have freshwater washers and the glass is treated to shed water, so no wipers are required.
The console is dominated by three large MFD screens which take care of navigation and fish-finding duties (see sidebar). Below is a line of switches and panels for the vessel’s other equipment, including Volvo Penta’s autopilot and digital display, the main Czone control panel, FLIR camera, spotlight, anchor and more. LED cabin lights can be switched to red for night passages and all the lights are soft start and dimmable.
At docking speeds the boat is steered using the joystick, which allows amazingly precise directional control. At normal speeds, conventional electronic throttle and shift controls are engaged.
THE ‘FISH TEST’
While First Edition will be used mostly for bottom fishing, Dave also loves game fishing in the season, making a pilgrimage to Waihau Bay most years for up to 10 days of stayaway fishing