Electronics nostalgia, 1984 transatlantic

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague.

12 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Other memories:
    * The boat had a neatly lit mimic screen in the cockpit that showed the centerboard’s position. LEDs in 1984?
    * Systems were amazing. 11 people crossed the Atlantic, eating well, and still had ice cream when we got to the other side.
    * We also had a VCR, B&W TV, and tapes. Sometimes at night, there’d be a phenomenal blanket of stars above that weird b&w tv light wafting up through the hatches.

  2. bobc says:

    I’ll be it was a Yeoman plotter built into the nav table Ben. What do I win?

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I don’t think so, Bob; I remember something much James Bond like.

  4. Reed Erskine says:

    A nice look back on a time gone by. Keyboard in the cockpit, wow.

  5. bobc says:

    Just as you asked for Ben, a guess. But there was a model that was built into the chart table, not the clunky tablets that were marketed in later years. Do you remember if it had a mouse like interface and worked with paper charts?

  6. bobc says:

    Just as you asked for Ben, a guess. But there was a model that was built into the chart table, not the clunky tablets that were marketed in later years. Do you remember if it had a mouse like interface and worked with paper charts?

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    That’s the owner on keyboard; in retrospect he was quite the gear head. The boat also had a cockpit stereo. To this day, I can not hear Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds without recalling times behind that wheel feeling the big Swan groove along.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7K0Dp2M2fE

  8. SanderO says:

    Sorry to go off topic. Ben have you seen this product?
    http://www.digitalyacht.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=11657

  9. SanderO says:

    YIKES I had one of those transit SatNav units. It worked with satellites on polar orbits and returned a fix WHERE you had been and had to use their DR to update the actual current position as I recall. But they didn’t have much for position fixing off shore back then. My first Trimble GPS – NavTrac, I think was north of $5K – crude lat lon plots too. YIKES.

  10. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks for the link to iAIS, SanderO! I heard about, and liked, the idea a long time ago, off the record, but DY hasn’t sent me a press release yet. It takes a village to keep up with new marine electronics, and I really appreciate how you and other readers help me out.
    https://panbo.com/archives/2010/09/digital_yacht_iais_hello_apps_developers.html

  11. John says:

    Ben, now there’s an idea for the next generation MFD’s…..a built in keyboard to entertain the crew LOL! I sailed with a club memner last weekend who is really not into his electronics. We used a compass, a few known bearings and a basic depth/speed instrument (a very old Autohelm TriData) and we had a lot of fun. Technology is good but sometimes “oldschool” can be fun as well!

  12. Avery says:

    Ben,
    I ran into some of your crew in Antigua not long after Hi Ya’s arrival that winter. DW’s son, Shawn, had done that trip with you and I’ll never forget the juxtaposition of two out-of-place Maine kids in exotic (for us) Antigua, talking about our first respective deepwater passages.
    Regarding his, Shawn said, in a thick Maine accent, “Jesus Christ, Avery. That boat [Hi Ya]…She’s a RIP-SNORTAH!”

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