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An old [sea] dog learns new tricks

I just received an email from Kjeld Hesthave, the owner of the Tanton 73 “Velos”, regarding the 2008 Pacific Cup (the “fun race” to Hawaii). He was letting me know of their 2nd place finish in class F (big boats), with a 13th place overall.

The great thing about this is that the boat was built in 1986, and had two other owners before Kjeld. The first owner raced it, and the second used it as a cruising yacht in Maine. An Ockam system was installed on the boat from the beginning, making some portions of the system 22 years old at the time of the race! The instrument system has been updated with newer interfaces and had some items repaired over the years, but the fact that such an old instrument system helped guide the crew of “Velos” to such a decent finish should be impressive to anyone. I’m sure that there were other boats with much newer gear that finished far behind “Velos” – proving that the Ockam instrument system gives quality that lasts! As long as the instrument system is maintained, it will give years of excellent service. We are happy to provide advice and assistance in this regard.

Congratulations is in order for Kjeld and his crew for a great race, we wish them much luck in future races! If you are cleaning up the race course with an older boat, let us know. We love to hear from our customers!

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