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.
console facing port
wide angle view
top of the desk slides back and the front rolls up to expose a toilet.
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!
engine room monitor
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.
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
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
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
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
Here's a basic screen readout.
Boatracs satellite antenna
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.
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.
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.