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As part of a major refit of our BoatWorks Bailout boat, a 1983 Ericson 34, we installed an up-to-the-minute electronics package. It was easier than expected.By Mark CorkeInstalling a new pedestal from Edson gave us space for a number of instruments, with the C80 display taking center stage. The C80 acts as a chartplotter, radar display, and, with optional modules, can be
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Installing modern electronics is reasonably straightforward for a competent do-it-yourselfer—as long as you read, understand, and follow all installation instructions. Some installations may require alterations to the boat’s structure, as was the case with Castaway; we had to fabricate a platform and bracket to support the autopilot ram. With any installation, planning the project is an essential first step.

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We installed all the gear at the same time, but this is not a requirement. Raymarine and other manufacturers ensure that, over time, their products will remain compatible with each other, so you can build a fully integrated system over a period of years, as time and budget allow. Note that an integrated system requires a great deal of wiring for both power and data.

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Once we had determined where we wanted to install everything on the Bailout Boat and had the job planned out, our first task was to run cables to a number of specific locations: the chart table area, for the course computer, multifunction repeater, and VHF; the steering pedestal, for windspeed, and depth instruments, the autopilot control, and the heart of the system, the C80 multifunction display.

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