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How many model have you seen with blacked out windows in the pilot house. Ever wish to add that "little extra" that'll make your model stand out from the rest? How about detailing the pilot house? Here are photos and descriptions of what you'll find in the pilot house of the modern day line haul towboat.

I've placed descriptions on items that were hard to read. If you have any questions email me.

console2.jpg (139239 bytes) console1.jpg (320743 bytes) console3.jpg (320023 bytes) console4.jpg (282890 bytes) console5.jpg (245693 bytes)

pilothouse01.jpg (225416 bytes) pilot-hse07.jpg (98741 bytes) console facing port pilot-hse11.jpg (113009 bytes) lazy bench pilot-hse17.jpg (97805 bytes) wide angle view

pilot-hse09.jpg (113055 bytes) stair well pilot-hse19.jpg (113008 bytes) top of the desk slides back and the front rolls up to expose a toilet.

intercom.jpg (75308 bytes) This is the intercom for calling different areas of the boat. Like waking up the captain for his watch. It can also turn on the loud speaker on the roof, and bow deck so they can hear what's going on. So watch your gossip!


monitor.jpg (82040 bytes) engine room monitor chair.jpg (54838 bytes) here is the pilot seat

There is a phone beneath the port 2-way radio that is used to call the galley area and the engineers control room. The handset is the same as those used on the 2-way radios. To call out you have two buttons. One for each station.

ceact-screen.jpg (163112 bytes) Here is a system no boat should be without. It's called CEACT (Channel EDIS and Course Trajectory) System. EDIS stands for Electronic Display & Information System. It's not only an electronic chart system but it connects with a GPS and changes the chart with your position and gives countless information important to the pilot. The little box next to display screen gives the river mileage marker and the box at bottom is where you access commands with a mouse. The white rectangle on river map is the vessel and track line is channel. Below is a close-up of the display screen.


readout.jpg (104820 bytes) Starting at top is rate of turn meter (how hard over the rudders are turned). The green block means the GPS sensor is working correctly. Next to that are icons for radar display and menu.

SOG (Speed Over Ground) is the miles per hour moving. HDG is heading relative to true North. TIME is in military format. ETA is estimate time of arrival to destination. TTG is time to go to get there. DIST is distance from current position to destination point. CTE is course track error which is vessels distance from the track line.

The two horizontal meters are for depth finders on port and starboard head of tow.

And at very bottom is fathometer readout of shallowest reading between the depth finders.



radarscreen3.jpg (122142 bytes)radarscreen5.jpg (85865 bytes) Here's a couple of CEACT screens you can download and make your own miniature computer monitor. CEACT is a satellite system using a basic PC computer with a vertical mounted wide screen flat monitor.

one is for night running

other is day running


antenna02.jpg (100198 bytes) Here's the satellite antenna for the CEACT system.

BOATRACS is a satellite system used by towing companies to keep track of their vessels and enables sending instant updates on orders. It's a simple PC based system with a standard flat monitor.

boatrac-screen.jpg (172454 bytes) Here's a basic screen readout. details17.jpg (117567 bytes) Boatracs satellite antenna

joepilot2.jpg (126667 bytes) joepilot4.jpg (100157 bytes) Yup, that's me steering a tow of 15 empties. It's a harder job keeping this tow under control in a wind. I'd much rather be pushing loads. Click here to visit my trip log.


Radar Examples

Radars come in many sizes and screens of different colors. Vessels are required to have two radars. As you have noticed in photos above, there's usually one main unit that is floor mounted and a smaller unit that can be mounted on the console. Here are some different versions of radars.

Radr-fnk.jpg (46140 bytes) radar2.jpg (31541 bytes) Radr-brt1.jpg (61866 bytes) Radr-mer.jpg (43762 bytes) Radr-cd.jpg (49819 bytes) radar-unit.jpg (118878 bytes)

radarscreen1.jpg (104529 bytes)radarscreen2.jpg (111879 bytes)radar-screen.jpg (71406 bytes)radar-screen3.jpg (179695 bytes)Here's a couple of radar screens you can download, size, and use on you model radar unit. If you want to really impress them, print it on clear film and back light it for a neat effect.