past the high bow. Having a long history with Furuno
electronics, Ray specified them for Two’s Company.
The helm console is large enough for a 12-inch
multifunction display, a multi-data display, two VHF
radios, and a Caterpillar digital engine readout, which
provides engine performance data like load indication
and fuel usage to help achieve efficient cruising speeds.
Ray has all his routing on a laptop running Nobeltec
Admiral so that he can upload routes; he feeds a second
GPS to the laptop as a backup.
With two VHFs available, Ray can monitor Channel
13 for commercial operations in busy ports like
Norfolk, Virginia. He also can operate an electronic
foghorn on one while scanning Channels 9, 13, and
16 simultaneously on the other. To improve cellular
communications, the boat has a wireless amplifier and
a separate antenna. Scanned split- or full-screen images
from TV cameras in the engine room, and mounted
on the cabin top looking aft to give a better view of
overtaking boats or the slip into which he is backing,
are controlled with an EverPlex 4CQ switcher and are
displayed on a dedicated monitor.
Visibility is outstanding, even with the Avon
311 RIB and Nick Jackson crane mounted on the
centerline atop the cabin aft. Two aft-facing windows
let you look past both sides of the dink. This is a nice
setup for two people running a boat on the ICW, with
room to port of the companionway, or on the large
table in front of the settee, for the navigator to keep
track of progress on paper charts while the helmsman
uses the electronic chart display.
A king-size bed with a Select Comfort air mattress
dominates the owner’s stateroom, in the forward cabin.
The Kurlaks praise the beautiful woodwork by Atlantic
Boat craftsman Jim Staples, with due credit to the
cabinetmakers in the shop. The floor is handlaid teak
and holly, ripped on the saw in the yard as the boat
was being built. Tall curved doors throughout the boat,