Ocean Planet, all away around with a laptop

OceanPlanetNavStation2I’m back in Maine, but unfortunately won’t be able to make the Homecoming ceremony for single-hander Bruce Schwab that starts in Portland today. Bruce just sailed from France to Maine aboard his Open 60 Ocean Planet, which must have seemed like a day sail after two circumnavigations in three years, the second non-stop in 110 days racing the Vendee Globe. I understand that our Governor will declare today “Bruce Schwab Day”—kind of goofy, but wonderful to have this great sport better recognized here in the U.S.A.

OceanPlanetRadarI particularly wish I could make Bruce’s “Truly Offshore Seminar” on Sunday, which will include a discussion of electronics and “trouble-shooting and repairs on the run”. I got aboard OP in 2003, after the Around Alone race, and know that Schwab removed the Furuno radar and fixed PC/monitors he had then in favor of a lighter laptop with a Nobeltec PC radar dome. Many people think such a setup unreliable but it apparently held up fine on the grueling Vendee course, though there was a problem with the scanner’s tilt mount mechanics. Bruce’s posts describing how he amazingly got to, and fixed, the mount while underway are here (look around 12/21/04). 

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.

2 Responses

  1. Brad says:

    Ocean Planet is for sale US$600K…
    * A ridiculous price for a boat that was clearly off the pace in both the Around Alone and Vendee.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Hey Brad, why not start high? It could be that Bruce has a lot of debt left over from the Vendee, and is hoping there’s someone out there who just has to have Ocean Planet. But I also understand that he’d like to do the Transat Jacques Vabre. Lots of balls in the air…seems like the fate of American single handers, as you likely know! I have an enduring and pleasant memory of sailing with you on a Raymarine cruise in NY harbor a few summers back. Thanks for that, and for stopping by at Panbo.

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