"Sea Orchid" Cromarty 36 Lying Essex
Electrics and Electronics
Sea Orchid comes exceptionally well equipped with Brookes and Gatehouse 'Hydra ' networked instrumentation including GPS position, speed, log, depth, wind speed and direction, temperature etc.. She also has the Brookes and Gatehouse Hydrapilot auto-pilot (new 1999). This can be operated under GPS, magnetic compass or wind direction data to provide accurate close hauled sailing or accurate course tracking.
To the left of the helm is the Lokata Racal-Decca Navtext unit for weather forecasts and navigation information, Shipmate VHF, Generator control panel, TWC Systems circuit control panel (battery charging) and the shorepower charger control panel.
The most commonly used equipment is mounted where it can be seen easily.
There is also a MLR differential GPS that is interfaced with the Furuno Radar
Main navigation data is repeated at the outside helm position where there is also autopilot control, Bow Thruster control and anchor winch control. A second VHF Handset can be connected here and there is a Man-Over-Board button connected directly to the GPS.
There is a Pioneer radio cassette unit with remote control
The television aerial is atop the main mast with the socket on the over galley shelf in the main saloon.
Sea Orchid is protected by a comprehensive alarm system.
There are separate batteries for engine start, general services and the anchor winch and bow thruster. These are charged by twin engine alternators and a Victron mains charger.
Main General service batteries is made up of six 2.2V deep cycle cells by Pb Industrial Batteries 327Ah. All other batteries are Sonnenschein Gel units.
The "Super Silent" Lister Petter Diesel Generator provides up to 4 KVA of domestic 230V power and is used for battery charging, microwave cooking immersion heater etc.
There is a full shore power installation with input connectors at both bow and stern to eliminate the need to have trailing cables along deck.
There are two built in thermostatically controlled electric fan heaters and a thermostatically controlled diesel Eberspacher heater.
All electric circuits are protected by isolating switches and re-settable circuit breakers.
The main circuit breaker panel is easily accessible and protected by a polycarbonate door.