It is a dark, moonless, windy night and you’re running downwind in a steep swell in mid-Atlantic. The only thing between you and a standing gybe are the numbers on the instrument displays. The quality of the data is crucial. Accurate numbers that scroll in sync with your movements on the helm are as important as the link between the rudder and the wheel. Reliability is key. This is not a time for sluggish, inaccurate information, or for the system to go down.
It’s easy to appreciate good data, solid engineering and sound reliability when the pressure is on. in such circumstances and behind the scenes, the processor is at the heart of the instrument system. Read on.