Jun 112013

I’ve been doing some online hunting to complete my library of manuals for all the systems and gear onboard ocean Blue.

Doing a quick Google, as you will, for ST2000 I stumbled across a review of this handy piece of self-steering kit. The thing that prompted this rant is not so much the review [because I didn’t even read it] but the following image that was part of the write-up…….

ST2000 Review

i.e. my trusty autohelm is regarded as “over the hill” and “ready to be retired”. What a load of BS!

So this is what really grates me. The implication is that I should immediately upgrade to a more modern version because I’m not one of the cool kids with my old technology. It’s got nothing to do with “fit for purpose” but is merely an insiduous, unspoken uncurrent in modern consumer society aimed at driving more sales and revenue and profits.

That got me thinking about the whole “Green” issue. You have to buy a new widget because it’s more environmentally friendly than it’s 90’s predecessor. So chuck the perfectly serviceable one you have now and buy the new one because it’s greener. While you’re at it don’t worry about the hole in the ground for the constituent raw materials and the noxious gasses belched into the atmosphere during manufacture. Just be happy you have the new greener model and proudly show the world how eco-friendly you are.

Anyhow, I’ve digressed enough. I did find the manual I was looking for and I’ve added it into my on-board electronic library, ready to reference when the gadget looses it’s mind and steers Ocean Blue in random circles.

I’m happy to have an old, recycled boat and gear. As long as they are in good working order, there’s no need to dig a greater hole in the earth. And no matter what anyone “who knows” thinks…… No! They are not yet ready to retire.

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