Transatlantic Challenge, what’s on board?

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.

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  1. bcl says:

    The white cover on the port station looks like the cover on a Furno radar display.

  2. The comment “electronics aren’t working..” is pretty common. It is a challenge to keep electronics working on a rough passage, particularly on a wet sailing yacht. I remember a comment made by a crew member as I sat below at the nav station on Bumblebee with their navigator helping him work on their systems the night before one Sydney Hobart Race. Myself and all the navigators on the dock had been working on the systems of all the big race boats for several days and it was now getting down to the wire. The comment by the observing crew member:
    “It doesn’t matter if you fix it or not, by tomorrow night it will all be down again anyhow.”
    Well, I don’t know how the electronics faired, but Bumblebee won the race. I was sailing on Icon and I kept our system up, but it was a full time job.
    On my own boat, WINGS, I like my complex toys, but I keep the important stuff simple.

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