Grace was my 2001 Beneteau 311 sailboat from July 2015 through October 2018. I had always wanted to own a Beneteau after years of seeing their beautiful interiors, sleek lines, and fantastic sailing capabilities. She moved on to new owners on October 31st (Halloween!) 2018.
My last sailboat Jammy, who was part of the family for 11+ years, had more networking and electronics than any sailboat should, and with Grace, things don’t appear to be much different. She only had basic instruments to begin with, and I’ve added quite a few things for ease of use and networking.
Network / Instruments
- Intel NUC boat server
- New AC & DC panels
- New navigation panel
- Raymarine ITC-5 wind/depth upgrade
- PowerPod for instruments at driving station
- Raymarine Axiom MFD
- Raymarine STng to N2K converter (to connect older ST series instruments to N2K bus)
- NMEA 2000 bus / power / creation
- Raymarine Quantum Radar + radar pole
- Raymarine EV1 autopilot – included ACU-100, EV1, and replacement ST4000+ mk2 wheel pilot
- B&G DSC V50 VHF and H50 wireless remote
- BoatCommand remote monitoring
- Raymarine es78 MFD (retired)
- Victron LiFePO4 system
- USB outlets
- SmartThings IoT temp and heater control
- Balmar Battery bank monitor
- MasterVolt DC power system including shunt, distribution, charger, control panel.
- New Firefly battery bank
- SmartPlug shore power replacement
- Doyle Cradle Cover
- Folding cockpit wheel
- Electric windlass and chain+rope rode
- Raritan electric head
- Wallas Heater
- Ambient cabin lighting
- LED for cabin lights
- LED for navigation lights
- WiFi / LTE network
- Cockpit door replacement
- Fridge Optimizer
- Replace CD changer radio – Fusion stereo
- Stern seat cushions
- Pedestal replacement
2000 Beneteau 311
- LOA 32’3″
- LWL 28’10”
- Beam 10’7″
- Mast length (over water) 46’7″
- Draft (standard) 4’9″
- Sail Area 538 sq. ft.
- Ballast (standard) 2,425 lbs.
- Displacement 8,047 lbs. (approx.)
- Engine 18 hp
- Fuel Capacity 17 gal.
- Water Capacity 48 gal.
- Hull / Designer Finot / Conq
Grace’s network is a work in progress, and probably always will be. Her current setup is below.
Updated June 2017 – click for larger version
Grace’s electronics as of June 2017