They just didn’t actually state that they were options, so I was trying to do all three at once!Less than an hour later we were done, and spent a couple hours cruising around Commencement Bay, validating that the batteries were, in fact, being charged properly. Since this was the first time the boat had been running for any considerable time since last August, it was nice to just be out on the water.Based on the hardware specs, it should be very possible. The very good folks on cruisersforum have been hard at work trying to solve this problem, and over the past few days I resurrected this project took a stab at using the latest versions.

On the way out to the Brown’s Point area, we motored through sailboats getting ready for some Wednesday night racing.

It was a little windy, nothing to worry about, and we were soon trolling comfortably.

While we had replaced all the batteries, and purchased and mounted a new alternator, it wasn’t hooked up properly.

I couldn’t figure it out as the wiring did not match up to any of the diagrams on the instructions that came with it.

As the evening approached, we were enjoying our time on the water snacking and drinking iced-teas.

Legitimately, neither of us had a drop of alcohol all day, which served our needs well as the night unfolded.

A Raspberry Pi 3, with the latest versions of Raspbian/PIXEL and Open CPN matches up as good as commercial entry-level chartplotters on the market today.

Open CPN running ENC charts, with location set by GPS, and AIS contacts listed. Deep zoom into the Hylebos waterway to find three vessels currently underway, including the cargo ship Indigo Lake.

With this setup, I get very usable performance with Open GL enabled, less than 5% CPU with a satisfactorily responsive UI, USB AIS and GPS, and Vector Charts. As it was, it could have been better, but in the end it was a Boat US membership tow back to the dock and a pretty memorable story.