Built by Offshore Yachts and the first of the 76ft series Argonauta is designed for long distance cruising and comfort. When starting this project we sat down with the owner and captain, both had some very specific requests and needs in regards to comfort and safety of the guests and crew.
Starting in the pilothouse we used three Nauticomp 15″ Glass Bridge monitors that allow us to have multiple inputs into each. Displayed on these monitors is the Furuno 1964c/nt black box 25kw radar, Furuno 1944c/nt 6kw radar with plotter and Furuno BBFF1 black box sounder. Another monitor receives data from the onboard computer running Nobeltec VNS 9.1 charting software, WX Worx XM satellite weather and cameras. All monitors are also available to view TV and DVD feeds from the salon Bose built invisible entertainment system.
Twin Furuno GP32 WASS receivers send all the navigation/ position data to the multiple systems, while providing the redundancy that is the mainstay of any good electronics system. Switching from the primary GPS to the secondary is performed by a simple throw of a switch and your up and running within seconds- no need to reconfigure multiple systems and settings.
Argonauta is also equipped with twin Icom 604 VHF radios with remote command mics along with a Icom 802 SSB radio for long range communications.
And when radios will just not do there is a KVH Fleet 55 Sat com system that provides voice, MPDS and ISDN data to the ships wireless network and Panasonic KXTA824 PBAX that can be accessed throughout the yacht.
For security the yacht has seven Elbex cameras to monitor engine room, aft deck, side deck and upper decks. Fed into an AVT switch, the user can have full function control at either helm location with a click of a wireless mouse. At the helm stations all cameras can be viewed on one display or single view which also gives a digital zoom feature. Mean while all the cameras can be view sequentially at the TV locations throughout the yacht or set for a specific camera to be monitored. For night the yacht is equipped with a Brand new model Flir Navigator infrared night vision camera system that has full pan tilt and zoom control at either helm station.
At the Flybridge helm location we used two Furuno MU155c monitors, as they are nice and bright in the higher light location and built to take whatever the environment throws at them. Computer data is displayed on one while a Furuno GP1920c/nt provides all the data on the Navnet system and control at a touch of a button. TV and DVD are also displayed on these monitors so you don’t feel left out while on watch during a big game or movie.
Entertainment is provided by a KVH G6 tracvision system for satellite TV provided by Directv. All TV locations have the ability to view any of the 200 plus channels of digital TV. Audio is fed into a custom Bose Built Invisible system where by you can watch a great movie in full surround sound from the salon sofa and at the same time others can kick back listening to their favorite CD or music in other locations with full control via a wireless remote. The master stateroom has a Bose 321 sound system that gives the feel of surround sound with only a 3 speaker array, and also gives you the option to watch your own movie or access the salon audio streams if wanted.
Not to leave the captain out there is a separate DVD, CD AM/FM sound system in his cabin and a Furuno GP1720c/nt where he can monitor radar, chart plotter, depth sounder and wind info from the comfort of his bunk. Captain can also plot a new course to be steered from this location then simply pick up the phone/ intercom to call the on watch crew. The new course can then be set with a simple button push on the Simrad AP25 autopilot at either helm location. The master stateroom also has a remote monitoring station via the LCD TV where radar, plotter and depth sounder can be viewed or for quick access to info a Furuno RD30 repeater display can be seen from the bed. Guests can also view the same info on the salon TV if they wish.
Argonauta is set to cruise the West Coast US, and plans are to be in the San Juan Islands for the summer and Mexico in the winter.