Mega-elec­tron­ics

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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.

COMFY HELM

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

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