One of the things that had to be sorted out, is the choice of navigation and communication equipment. When you are building a new boat, you have the chance to select the system you want to have in one go, and select equipment that will work well together.
For most of the equipment I selected Raymarine. I have sailed with their equipment before, and I liked it.
In the cockpit I will have a multifunctional display unit, the C80 (a 8.4″ TFT VGA colour display), which can display charts, radar, and AIS information. Also in the cockpit I will have the ST60+ wind system (analog), the ST60+ Tridata digital display for depth, speed through water, and miles logged. In addition to a magnetic steering compass, there will be the ST60+ fluxgate compass. For the GPS input of the chart plotter I will use the Raystar 125 GPS transducer.
For the radar I selected the Raymarine 18″ 2kW radome. It will be mast mounted. Belowdecks at the nav station I will have the ST60+ Graphic repeater, which can display all data which are gathered. Here I will also have the Ray55E VHF radio, and the AIS receiver.
The transducers for speed and depth are both of the through hull retractable type, which allows for easy cleaning and maintenance without having to haul the boat, or having to dive.
Raymarine has a new product, which is a satellite weather radio. It is called Sirius50 and can be integrated with the multifunctional display. Problem is that so far it only covers the USA and part of the Caribbean. So I had to look for another solution. It will be a combined HF Weatherfax / Navtex receiver from Furuno. The information can be displayed on any PC, without having to install additional software.
All the equipment will be supplied by Central Boating from Cape Town.
I will purchase a hand held satellite phone (Iridium or equivalent), which I can also use ashore in remote area’s.