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Radar Display Mounting

Curious if anyone has any examples and photos of a custom mounting for a cockpit radar display (specifically E120). I have a two helm set up, and thus am looking to mount the display on the centerline just aft of the cockpit table on stainless tubing of some kind. I am limited by width (~16"), but not height.

I am looking at the Edson and NavPod display holders.
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This is how it is done on our boat. I have an E80. I think i could fit a 120 in there... not sure. I would have to measure. But this at least gives you some ideas (front and back)...

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PS Excuse the really good looking guy in the pic getting ready for some serious fishing with his kiddos...




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I really like that set up. I hadn't thought about a housing unit big enough for VHF and other gadgets directly under the display. Are you able to see the display while sitting at the helm (heeled over, sitting on the rail)?

I think I have those same fishing poles for my kids. I am betting that red lure doesn't have a hook.

Thanks for posting!!
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On my boat, yes. It is visible.

Here are the positives of this type of setup:

1) Good, protected housing for instruments.
2) Pretty visible from the wheels.
3) The bar under the nav table makes a great foot rest when heeled.
4) Really awesome cockpit table.
5) Storage.

Negatives:

1) If you sit on the high side all the way against the rail, you will not see it the CP. No way around that one unless you put it on a swivel. Look at my autopilot (made by Navpod), it swivels so you can point it to the high side.

2) Takes up a lot of room in the cockpit making singlehanding more difficult.

3) You CANNOT see the radar/CP when sitting forward of the wheels. This will be an issue for long watches at sea because no one ever sits back there. You sit with your back against the cabin top (at least we do) for protection from elements, etc. It forces you to get up to check the radar.

Do all of these positives outweigh the negatives? I don't know. That is up to you.

Here is how Pop's boat is done:





The Radar swings out to the cockpit so it is visble from about everywhere. Much nicer for long runs. Here are the positives and negatives:

Positives:

1) Visible from all angles.

2) Can be moved to be seen from inside the cabin (a real plus on a passage if you do not have two CP's/radars).

3) Can be swung out of the way when not in use.

Negatives:

1) Not as finished looking.

2) Takes up the companionway when underway and being used (an obstacle to go around or smack your shins on... how do I know????)

3) More difficult to see from the wheel because it is further away. Less of an issue at night than daytime when the sun makes things harder to see.

Just another option for you to consider.

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If you sit on the high side all the way against the rail, you will not see it the CP. No way around that one unless you put it on a swivel. Look at my autopilot (made by Navpod), it swivels so you can point it to the high side.
Your Pop's has a pretty interesting set up. Not at all a bad idea, but I don't have any place to install a swinging platform like that. You actually gave me exactly the info I was looking for in the quoted piece above. I guess I will have to opt for the NavPod 20/40 swivel and just mount it on a stainless pole on centerline. The unit I am referring too is just a bigger version of your autopilot swivel.

I have to say I have display envy

Thanks for all the info. Much appreciated!!
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