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Breathing life into an old boat.

More & more boat owners are re-fitting older boats to their own specification. Lets face it for considerably less money that a new boat you can have an old but solid hull refitted to your own specifications. Projects range from the grand designs to more modest efforts. One such project is an old Seamaster where the owner is prepared to spend, to bring his boat into the 20th Century. This console had to be retained but fitted with the latest systems. All the old and failing engine instruments have been replaced with the Actisense EMU feeding the engine data to a Raymarine Axiom Display. The power systems are monitored by a Victron Battery monitor with bilge alarms and pump controls close to hand. All the engines need now are ignition keys.

The transformation of the console was thanks to Boatwork Ltd who did a fantastic job of filling the holes and bonding a wood veneer.

The console will be installed in Preston tomorrow as part of the ongoing work.

The old console looked in a bad way when we bought it back to Whitehaven. Most of the instruments didn't work and many were literally crumbling after years of exposure to sunlight. The new system has a full Raymarine navigation system with Quantum Radar, smart transducers, and a Ray 73 VHF Radio with built in AIS. There is also a Maretron fuel sender unit and an Actisense Engine Monitoring unit which puts all the engine data on the display.

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