Some of us at Antares Yachts are old enough to have worked on the construction of cruising vessels back in the 1970’s. The most obvious change in the fit-out of current cruising vessels is the extensive use of electrical power on board with all of its attendant hardware. This has resulted in a level of complication that would have astounded a traditionalist in the 70’s.
This may be compared with Antares vessels that are equipped with a multitude of hydraulic/magnetic breakers, switches and battery banks to supply an extensive array of electrical equipment, standard and optional. These days the customer expects to be able to support all the appliances and electronics of home in addition to the ship’s mechanical and navigation requirements.
The relatively enormous power requirement for this equipment is not apparent to most users who are accustomed to living with electricity delivered by the continental power grid. The vessel now has to act as a multi-source power station and distribution grid, an especially onerous task when away from dockside shorepower. All this has to be accomplished with the minimum of weight, complication and operator confusion. Ironically, this “high tech” requirement benefits from the “lowest possible tech” installation to achieve reliability.