Power Play

The con­clud­ing edi­tion of our five-part series about the com­plete over­haul of a clas­sic-plas­tic Pear­son 36 homes in on charg­ing sys­tems and electronics.

Cruising World - - Hands-On Sailor - THE SNOEK CHRON­I­CLES BY ONNE VAN DER WAL

Over the course of a long win­ter and spring in 2015 and 2016, I un­der­took a to­tal­r­e­fit ofmy Pear­son 36, Snoek, so named af­ter a salt­wa­ter fish indige­nous to the wa­ters off South Africa, where I was raised (see “The Snoek Chron­i­cles” in the Hands-on Sailor 2017 is­sue; “Plumb Crazy,” April 2017; “Deck, Mate,” July 2017; and “Sails Away,” Au­gust/septem­ber 2017). The first ar­ti­cle was an overview of the project, and sub­se­quent sto­ries de­tailed the work on spe­cific parts of the boat. In this, the con­clud­ing chap­ter of the series, we’ll delve into elec­tric­ity and electronics. On the day of my very first test sail, the nav­i­ga­tion sta­tion was bare-bones, with only a VHF ra­dio and a stereo for in­stru­men­ta­tion (above). I de­cided to go with

all Ray­ma­rine prod­ucts, and once I col­lected all the gear, I was able to mea­sure ev­ery­thing and do all the cutouts on a piece of ply­wood that would be the cen­ter­piece of the new nav area (above right). The fin­ished nav sta­tion fea­tures a Ray­ma­rine chart

plot­ter and VHF ra­dio (with a re­mote mi­cro­phone top­side on the steer­ing pedestal), the au­topi­lot and a mul­ti­func­tion dis­play show­ing speed, wind strength and di­rec­tion, and so on (right). It’s a pretty sim­ple, straight­for­ward setup but much bet­ter than

what was there orig­i­nally.

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