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binnacle

a housing for a ship's compass
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binnacle

[′bin·ə·kəl]
(naval architecture)
A stand, case, or box for a ship's magnetic compass, which may contain nonmagnetic gear such as a lamp.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

binnacle

An obsolete term for a dwelling place.
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Cockpit sail controls are reasonably simple, with a single pair of winches on each binnacle for the primaries and these double-up to take the mainsheet as well; thanks to jammers on each side.
Acceleration was immediately felt at the binnacle where I steered us close hauled at 30 degrees towards the Heads, managing a tidy 7.2 knots in only' 9.8 knots of breeze.
The binnacles neatly contain all the services paraphernalia--air supply and return risers, VAV (variable air volume) boxes, jet diffusers, electrical risers, electrical panels, hose reels, PA speakers and CCTV-controlled water cannon to put out fires.
The ground floor living room has a spiral staircase leading up to Roger's "crow's nest" which is crammed with maritime memorabilia including binnacles, compasses, bells and divers' helmets.
Sail controls around the twin binnacles comprise a single set of sizeable Lewmar 55 mainsheet winches with two more L45S on the coachroof for halyards and adjusting the self-tacking jib.
At Chek Lap Kok chilled air is emitted from above the check-in stations and from what Foster's calls 'binnacles', independently standing service units.
Behind them is the mainsheet track, ahead of the Jeffa binnacles. Stylish fibreglass wheels attach to the protruding binnacle arm that houses Raymarine e7 plotters on both, with wind instruments placed by their sides so you can easily see the numbers when sitting out on the gunwales but not when behind the wheels.
Sail controls are well separated from the cockpit seating with twin winches alongside the binnacles. The shaft driven diesel engine on this large yacht will induce buyers to opt for the fore and aft drop-down thrusters to aid manuveuring and docking.
The twin steering binnacles control twin rudders, which is intended to improve tracicingwhen the beamy hull is heeled.
the cockpit area is spacious to say the least, but isn't overly empty thanks to a large extendable table surrounded on both sides by vast lounges, while aft are enclosing helm binnacles that have primary Harken 60 winches inboard by the binnacles, while all halyards run neatly via jammers to twin Harken 468 fitted on the gunwales.
Primary winches are H46.2s but were upgraded to H5os on the review boat with the mainsheet ones behind for the mainsheet track - that ran just in front of the twin race-style binnacles. Here, the racing steerer is well catered for with large diameter Carbonautica GRP wheels.
Cockpit controls include twin wheels on sleek binnacles and bulkhead bench seats leading up to the tear-drop style cabin top with outboard carbon fibre shrouds and smoothed gunwales for comfortable hiking.