This was a much bigger project than first anticipated. First was to cut out the faceplate of the new NavPod to match the two Raymond head displays. Next was to mount the NavPod and drill a hole in the Edson to run the wires through it. I had to take the entire thing apart to route the wires down into the lazarette to mount the EV autopilot control unit and gyro. Next was to hook up power and test before everything went back together. At this point it was getting dark and the boat neighbor offered up a cold frosty Corona. Well, no more work getting done that night. Finished up the next morning and everything worked great. We did have to go back and use some 5200 where the wheel motor brace mounts to the Edson. The two little screws didn’t bite very well and it didn’t hold up to the first sea trial without coming loose. Job done! Well, except for the failed Raymarine Dragonfly software update. Had to re-download it and use a different SD card for it to take.
A brief history of Bayliner Marine Corp’s founder and entrepreneur, J. Orin Edson.
Mr. Edson was born in 1932. His father was an engineer. Edson’s first boat was 12ft and built out of plywood. He joined the Army and spent three years in the Signal Corps. In 1955, he started in the marine business. He opened an outboard engine repair shop in Puget Sound, Seattle, WA called Advanced Outboard Marine. He began dabbling with building boats in 1961. The next big move was in 1965, when he acquired a few hull molds from a company called Bayliner. He then purchased the Bayliner name for $100 from Al Koffel. Bayliner went on to be the world’s largest boat manufacturing company. Bayliner began building sailboats in 1974 when gas prices soared. In 1986, Bayliner had pumped out over 43,000 boats! Bayliner was sold to the Brunswick corporation in 1986 for around $470 million. Later, Mr. Edson owned 96 percent of Wesport Shipyards in Port Angeles, Westpot, and Hoquiam, WA. He has also been on Forbes 400 richest Americans list and is rumored to have a 165′ boat and flies helicopters as a hobby.