Moonraker makeover, by Electronics Unlimited

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. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

7 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    PS Wonder where the wheel is? Those big levers give the driver individual control of the jet’s direction, bucket angle, and thrust. Alternately, they can be synchronized and run from the armrest control, where there’s also a button to override the auto pilot.

  2. GBN says:

    Nice don’t see the keyboard needed to drive one of the maim displays. The one that had the popup window displayed.

  3. GBN says:

    while it all looks nice, its an ergonomic nightmare, look you have to reach over the throttles to get to the Furuno keyboard, “hmm, just let me zoom in on the radar says the 1stMate, Holy s&^t why have we run 360 degrees….”
    I have been on some modern freighter and a fast cat ferry, the whole set of displays ( 4 screens) could be completly driven from a trackball and small keyboard in the arm of the chair.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Please, Dave…there is no where near enough information in that photograph to judge the ergonomics. Neither you nor I nor anyone can tell what the command positions feel like from that one narrow view. I would guess, though, that quite a lot of effort went into getting the ergonomics right, especially as this was a remake of an existing helm.
    More system details from Mike: “There are 2 Furuno MFDBB units and 2 separate keyboards (port & strb, master/slave) so the co-pilot can control the port system. Also there is a VEI SSIR video control/switching system for the 7 VEI glass bridge monitors. An 8” on either end and 5 15” screens across. The NAV, COMM & SERVO WATCH PC’s rack mounted with wireless keyboards as well as fixed serial mice on the center console for the NAV PC and SERVO WATCH engine monitoring PC.”

  5. Furuno Tech says:

    To be more specific, the entire Navnet 3D System can be controlled from virtually any wireless/wired mouse pointing device and/or wireless keyboard.
    The separate Navnet 3D MFDBB Keyboards, or in the case of the integrated keyboards on the MFD8/12, can play a secondary role in any installation on any vessel.
    Furuno Tech

  6. glen e says:

    Ben – add’l pics pf the Moonraker project on our site, in which we don’t sell products, just post our installations:

  7. GBN says:

    Ok I’ll admit it’s a nice setup

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