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One other thought: THe C80 is a fine unit, but will not allow multi stations IIRC. I chose the E series for that - as I do have a repeater (CP/radar E80) down below too. THe repeater down below is a nice luxury (esp when making courses in prep for a passage or when fixing something to eat down below and still seeing the radar). However, to me, it is a luxury only - and not a neccesity.

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My experience is similar to Cd's - regarding nav station vs cockpit for the chatplotter and I agree, that the best place is at the wheel.

However, our large screen Raymarine chartplotter is permanently mounted to the teak pilothouse console, along with several other navigation instruments, including the radar and autopilot console unit. Unless the weather is really too terrible to steer from the aft cockpit (we have two stations), I'm rarely operating/sailing from the pilothouse.

I use the autopilot remote and a portable handheld GPS plotter at the aft helm, each with proprietary surface mounts. But wish I had a large screen chartplotter repeater there instead.

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Dad,

Slightly OT but I am curious as to where you pass most of your time on a sail of say...10 hrs through coast waters... not running the ICW... but actually sailing?

Do you sail short handed or with crew usually?

Is your helm protected from sun and rain where you can sit and have a good view in all directions including up to see your mainsail trim?

Can you trim your headsail from behind the helm? If not, how do you trim if you are not using an autopilot?

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I am curious as to where you pass most of your time on a sail of say...10 hrs through coast waters... not running the ICW... but actually sailing?

Do you sail short handed or with crew usually?

Is your helm protected from sun and rain where you can sit and have a good view in all directions including up to see your mainsail trim?

Can you trim your headsail from behind the helm? If not, how do you trim if you are not using an autopilot?
Hello,

When I am on a passage to a destination (as opposed to just sailing around like on a day sail) I have always been shorthanded (maybe one other person to help). I spend most of the time in the cockpit, either behind the wheel, sitting on the high side, or somewhere else in the cockpit.

I have a dodger and bimini. It's not easy, but I can see the sails from under the bimini. I do have a good view all around me (except for the area behind the headsail). I can't trim either of the sails from behind the helm. If the autopilot is on that is not an issue. If it is I will lock the wheel with the brake, make the sail adjustment, then get back behind the wheel.

My chartplotter is at the helm, where I can see it. If it were below at the nav station it would be almost useless for me. I have the main radio at the nav, with a remote mic at the helm. The radio is connected to the chartplotter via NMEA, and the radio screen displays LAT LONG, COG, and SOG.

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Everyone knows CD only spends time in the cockpit grilling.

Actually, I'd have to say, having a chartplotter in the cockpit is more useful than down below, for many of the reasons CD cited.

I've also found having a remote for the autopilot is very handy, especially if I have to go forward to do something when single-handing. It allows me to adjust the course of the boat to dodge lobster pots, of which there are a billion in New England waters, without having to run back to the cockpit.

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Slightly OT but I am curious as to where you pass most of your time on a sail of say...10 hrs through coast waters... not running the ICW... but actually sailing?

Do you sail short handed or with crew usually?

Is your helm protected from sun and rain where you can sit and have a good view in all directions including up to see your mainsail trim?

Can you trim your headsail from behind the helm? If not, how do you trim if you are not using an autopilot?

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Thanks to all who replied for that discussion - it was extremely useful!

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I agree with those who put the plotter at the helm or visible from the helm.
We mounted our one and only plotter directly on the pedestal on a swing ram mount so that I could orient the screen to wherever I happen to be roosting at the moment AND so I could easily remove it to safety when not on board. We used the supplied bracket to attach the plotter to the mount. I do all navigation underway from the helm and prefer it this way.
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