Generally, having expensive electronics out where the thieves can see them is an invitation to theft or vandalism. If you really want the chartplotter in the cockpit, one possible option, depending on the size of the boat, your eyesight and the size of the chartplotter is putting it on a swing arm, so that it can be viewed both in the boat, or in the cockpit, through the companionway. I know many boats that have theirs setup like this, including mine. However, this is only practical on smaller boats in general. But this setup allows the chartplotter to be swung into the cabin when the boat is locked up.
The other option is to mount it in either a navpod or on a platform as Freesail has done, and then to disconnect the cables and bring the unit into the cabin when the boat is closed up. Most of the chartplotters use one or two modular cables with a quick disconnect end, and can be mounted on a bracket that has thumb screws or the like to allow it to be quickly dismounted.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 08-13-2007 at 10:07 AM.