The early '80s were heady years in the world of yacht racing. This was the era of the maxiboat, and yachts such as Kialoa, Condor, Ondine, and Nirvana were making headlines. These were boats where the cutting edge of technology was continually being tested, not just in the size of their rigs, sails, and deck gear, but in the electronic equipment that was being installed as well. With seemingly limitless budgets, these boats were always equipped with the latest and greatest. Take Nirvana for example. The nav station is described in the winter 1982 issue of Nautical Quarterly this way: "At the center is the Apple II computer, whose thirst for knowledge is fed by the world's largest assemblage of Brookes & Gatehouse instruments. To the right of the computer is a Philips telex machine. In another photo is shown the Nagrafax weather machine and the Skipper 406 recording depth sounder," and that was only part of the story. Additionally, Nirvana had a Magnavox SatNav and two Loran C receivers, one from Trimble and another from Northstar, as well as an ICOM SSB radio for long-range communication, VHF, and Furuno Radar. The 1982 edition of the Newport Bermuda Race was the last time race organizers banned the use of electronic position-finding equipment, except RDF. Without using much of its electronic gadgetry, Nirvana went on to set a course record, preserving the purity Commander Dahms had hoped for seven years before.