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GPS / Chartplotter Mount

Thinking about GPS / Chartplotter for a new boat. Concerned about the longevity of the technology relative to bulkhead mounting. Seem the technology is changing / advancing so rapidly and prices coming down that the case for bulkhead mounting on a sailboat tends to be weak. Thinking about a plotter that could be mounted on a removable mount somewhere in the cockpit, or on a swivel-type mount inside the bulkhead and rotated across the companionway.

Question here is knowing the benefits of this technology, the handiness of a GPS/CHartplotter to the single handed folks, etc.... how do we mount this stuff given not just technological obsolescence... but given our desire to put it close to the helm of a tiller steered boat? I realize technology craps out... and KISS still applies, but if you can make this stuff work for you... not just on the day when we install it, but five to ten years from now... that's a start.

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Right now I have a GPS MAP 4X1 from Garmin mounted on a wooden arm that swings out into the companionway. This is OK for now, but does not allow much adjustment. I will be ordering a RAM mount. Just google them. You will have to do some searching for the assembly/components that will work for you but it seems that the price for a small chartplotter mount will run about $20-$30.
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The GPS on my boat is mounted on a swing arm next to the companionway. This allows it to be used at the nav console or in the cockpit. Of course, this only works if the cockpit of the boat you have is small enough to read the GPS when mounted like that.
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I've done a custom mount on my sailboat, although it has wheel steering. One thing to watch for when you get the GPS/Chartplotter close to the helm, is how susceptible it is to flying lines. A friend lost his overboard when the mailsheet snagged it on a gybe. The RAM mounting systems are likely to have something that you can make work. I saw a selection of these at West Marine recently. My new Garmin 640 will need a new custom mount, as I put it on a sloped surface low on the wheel pedestal. I think the unit needs to be within reach from the helm to be most useful.

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pedestal guard mounting

...another thing to watch for: on my previous boat I mounted my GPS-45XL in its cradle on the pedestal/compass guard. Very convenient, never snagged a line, but passengers tended to grab it as a handhold, instead of the pipe it was fastened to. Consider what non-sailors might "reach out and touch sometime".

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I used a Navpod for my chartplotter, mounted at the wheel. I've found that most of the time when I need to see the chartplotter/radar, I'm behind the wheel anyway. So it made sense to me to mount it where I useded it the most. Navpod makes a very clean housing for most chartplotters.

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What model chartplotters are you considering? RamMounts has mounts for almost any handheld or transportable chartplotter made (at least for every Garmin I have owned). They have clamp mounts for rails, suction mounts for flat surfaces, cup holder mounts, permanent mounts. Zero in on the unit then look at the mounts available. GPSCity.com is a good source for Ram Mounts and chartplotters.

If I was in the market for a new portable or transportable chartplotter and not interested in a radar interface I'd be looking at the new garmin 640. All US coastal maps and roads preloaded. Can be used on the boat or in the car.

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