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Just looking for thoughts and recomendations on installing my new chartplotter

Have a lowrance elite 5 gold. Tartan 30. Figure ofcourse dash mount but just looking for any pointers, hints, hindsight, etc... that I might get before hooking up. Do I need to hook it up to an always hot connection as someone told me?
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Re: Just looking for thoughts and recomendations on installing my new chartplotter

No, you don't need to hook it up to an always hot connection. It is better to have the ability to switch off power to it. I have all of my instruments on a circuit labeled "Electronics".

Is your boat tiller or wheel?

A simple solution that doesn't modify the boat one bit is to make a board that slips into the companionway and holds the plotter and other electronics. That way it is stored inboard when you don't need it, and is easily visible from the boat.
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Re: Just looking for thoughts and recomendations on installing my new chartplotter

Mine are on an electronics switch too. Why not get the lowrance plotter and mount it off to the side of the companionway where they normally are?


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Re: Just looking for thoughts and recomendations on installing my new chartplotter

I would recommend that you install the plotter where you can easily see and reach it from the helm.
I have seen them in the companionway, in the forward part of the cockpit, on the pedestal and lately, low down, in between the two helms, (quite unviewable and unreachable from either helm, unless you are sitting on the cockpit floor).
We absolutely love having ours close at hand, on the pedestal, to make adjustments, change scales and lighten or darken the screen, for instance. In a squall, with the wind howling around you, the rain pelting you like buckshot, it is so nice to have that screen right there, close at hand, easily viewed and it is comforting to know your course, speed and location, especially when you can't see 6 feet in front of you.

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Re: Just looking for thoughts and recomendations on installing my new chartplotter

My "electronics" breaker powers up one of these :

ST Blade Fuse Block - 6 Circuits with Negative Bus and Cover - Blue Sea Systems

Then the individual items have a smaller fuse, each : chartplotter, NMEA 2000 network, MFD, etc. I still have some room for expansion, too.

Makes for much neater wiring than running each item back to the breaker box, separately.

Plus, if one device develops a fault, it won't take out everything.
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Re: Just looking for thoughts and recomendations on installing my new chartplotter

Your Lowrance is about the size of my Garmin 441. I used an Edson pedestal Mount, it's wasn't cheap but it's extremely solid and well made. Worth every penny; and the plotter is right there. I agree with Capta you can't beat the convenience.

For wiring, I have a breaker labeled Nav/Comm on the panel. It powers up the plotter, VHF and NMEA 2000 backbone (and devices).


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Re: Just looking for thoughts and recomendations on installing my new chartplotter

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My "electronics" breaker powers up one of these :

ST Blade Fuse Block - 6 Circuits with Negative Bus and Cover - Blue Sea Systems

Then the individual items have a smaller fuse, each : chartplotter, NMEA 2000 network, MFD, etc. I still have some room for expansion, too.

Makes for much neater wiring than running each item back to the breaker box, separately.

Plus, if one device develops a fault, it won't take out everything.
This is important, because as you add more and more electronics to your circuit the breaker must increase in size. Some of these puppies have really small wires, and if you've upped the circuit breaker to cover all the items it powers, you could still have a fire.

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Re: Just looking for thoughts and recomendations on installing my new chartplotter

PS, I have NMEA 0183 connections in and out to the plotter (GPS signal to VHF, AIS signal to plotter) so I found the simplest thing is to break out the entire signal cable that comes with the plotter, connected to a screw terminal block, rather than messing about soldering wires together.

This has some advantages :

It took a few goes to connect things so that it worked, so screw terminals help with that.

You have easy future expansion.

I have seen the terminal block mounted inside a waterproof box, which I didn't do, but would next time, as the small wires in the signal cable are delicate.

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Re: Just looking for thoughts and recomendations on installing my new chartplotter

I mounted my Lowrance Elite 5 on the bulkhead of my Oday 23. The only spare circuit on my fuse board was non-functioning, so I connected it directly to the battery (with an independent fuse circuit, natch). I can't shut the power off to it, but that's ok because I take it off the mount and store it inside whenever I leave the boat.

The location is ok and the view is good for the helmsman, but if someone is sitting next to the bulkhead, then the view of the screen is blocked. If I hadn't had to drill out a 1" hole in the bulkhead to mount it, I would seriously consider remounting it on a swing arm.
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Re: Just looking for thoughts and recomendations on installing my new chartplotter

My connection is always hot but it is fused . This pic is of the back side of the cockpit bulk head .
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