Sunbeam Update – Capt. Mike’s Glimpse of Life as Actual Captain

BELFAST, ME — After spending months addressing design aspects of the Sunbeam not directly related to her operation, I was finally able to get aboard and get a glimpse of my life as an actual captain. Due to [coronavirus] distancing regulations, the yard crew left the marine electronics for me on Friday night. I went aboard over the weekend and began tinkering with the layout.

This is a simple but robust commercial set-up. The large Koden radar on the starboard side is the only remaining piece of equipment from the former helm. In the middle are two Hatteland marine monitors. One is fed from a Furuno radar unit (black box) under the dash, and the second is running navigational software from a marinized PC also located under the dash. Completing the set-up is a standard Furuno depth sounder.

In all of this modern technology, we do not forget the importance of the compass (far port side) which was a gift from the fishermen on Matinicus Island given at the launch of Sunbeam IV in 1964.

Source: Sunbeam Capt. Mike Johnson, April 16, 2020