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...I'm sure I could come up with some sort of holder for it so it would stay attached to the boat, maybe on a swing-out mount in the companionway so it's shielded from direct sun and not likely to get splashed, but can be moved inside in case of rain...
If you're serious enough about it to spend some money to do it right, this is what you want. Works great with a pedestal guard. I'll be using it with a netbook, which is a little heavier than an iPad. If you have a tiller they have other attachment devices that will work. You could buy two attachment balls, with one in the cockpit and another in the cabin, and move the iPad/bracket back and forth - or get a long arm and swing it in the companionway like you described:

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RythmD.... very cool idea. I suggest putting the Ipad in a waterproof case before installing in a device like this (assuming it will fit). Then you've got a pretty neat and portable chart plotter solution, not to mention its other functions.


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If that same RAM mount would put my wife's little Garmin GPS on my motorcycle AND be adjusted out enough to put an ipad on my boat it might be worth the incredibly high (for my low standards) price. When Minnewaska said "waterproof case" I thought "Saran wrap" (See my subject line) Really, I'd want it twice a year when I venture into big water. The rest of the time I'm in inland lakes and rivers which aren't charted and my el-cheapo fishfinder/GPS tells me how to get back to the dock, and how fast I'm going. Not saying I wouldn't use the ipad, just that I wouldn't need it. If I had an ipad now I'd probably be typing these words on it. (Even though it's likely slower and less tactile feedback than the real keyboard I'm using now)

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If that same RAM mount would put my wife's little Garmin GPS on my motorcycle AND be adjusted out enough to put an ipad on my boat it might be worth the incredibly high (for my low standards) price...
It's WAY overkill for a handheld GPS. Garmin makes handlebar mounts for bicycles and motorcycles. I use one for mounting my handheld GPS on the pedestal guard. I found it online for $10. Do some searching.


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I wonder if an ipad would blow off of a Suzuki at 65 mph....

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I just spent $29 for the Navionics system for my Ipad and I can't believe how great the system is. I already have the Ipad G3, so I didn't have to buy it and I don't know If I'd spring for that much for it as a navigation system. I have two chartplotters aboard, one for the helm and one for the nav station, so I don't need it for that, but I bring the Ipad instead of a stack of books when cruising so it is a cheap addition and well worth it for route planning or just chart dreaming while lying in my bunk. And I can keep it well protected in a waterproof bag while sailing. I don't think I'd want it on deck in a squall. I'd probably pop it into the oven (a handy Faraday box) along with a handheld VHS in a thundersquall in case the other electronics got fried as has happened to me before.

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My droid and I pad have their place and I really like their flexability. I do however prefer having a chartplotter with radar which overlays overtop of it (Raymarine C-80) at the helm. A lot of the time I really used my chartplotter was in windy and also rainy foggy conditions which are not good for the Ipads and I like having it inh front of my wheel at the helm vs the companionway.

I have used my ipad to secreatly sit there and check whether my wife was holding her course when she was at the helm.

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...I have used my ipad to secreatly sit there and check whether my wife was holding her course when she was at the helm...
Hmm, sounds like good dinner conversation!


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On a 17 foot boat the companionway is at the helm (tiller) I'd love a radar overlay but I think the radar dome at the top of the mast would make my boat fall over. Keep in mind my entire boat (including motor and trailer ) cost less than the 64 gig ipad 3g.

I'd like an ipad 2 for consumer uses primarily, but the added nautical use helps justify spending $500.

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New iPad is available in the USA tomorrow!!!

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