B&G is a venerable British firm now owned by Navico. Their marine instruments have long been favorites among offshore sailors, racers and savvy cruisers. The new Vulcan range offers some very interesting new features. British writer Mark Jardine at down with the boffins from B&G and filed this report in Yachts and Yachting magazine.
“We spoke to Mike Sugden at B&G about their entry-level systems. With a background and pedigree in the Grand Prix yacht racing circuits, and on some of the most prestigious yachts in the world, many club sailors believe a B&G system is out of reach for their yacht, but recent advances and compatibility with other devices mean devices such as the Vulcan 7 could be more accessible than you think.”
Mark Jardine, YachtsandYachting.com: With the B&G Vulcan 7, are you getting a cut-down product, or a fully-featured device?
Mike Sugden, B&G: Everything we build is driven by the Grand Prix market, so what we learn there we filter down. Today’s latest Vulcan 7 has all the same technology you get in the Zeus3 – the sail features, the dedicated laylines – it’s all there. In fact there is probably more for the cruising market in Vulcan and Zeus products than there is for the racing market.
Mark: The latest version has a bezel of just 8mm, so it’s a really sleek product.
Mike: Yes, we’ve redesigned the 7 and introduced a 12 inch model into the Vulcan family, so we’re now all styled in the same way, with a very low profile and the same look and feel. It makes for a really nice range of products which are more than suitable for your basic club racer system, all the way up to a Grand Prix, round the world race yacht.