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Honestly, I've never seen a boat with instruments (other than an autopilot with a plastic cover, and yes, it was a PITA to get to much of the time!) mounted where you're planning to have them done. I can't imagine having to crane my head or neck around unless you're mounting port and starboard repeaters, and even then, you can't see them downwind if you're driving, not to mention the cost. And this is all before you have other people banging into them, in the way, etc. On the other hand, I've seen a lot of boats use an instrument pod/box/etc... mounted forward of the companionway built into a spray hood.
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On a pod, possibly of wood for looks, above the companionway forward of the sliding hatch would be my choice. The doors restrict your bulkhead options even if it is a good location.
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On a pod, possibly of wood for looks, above the companionway forward of the sliding hatch would be my choice. The doors restrict your bulkhead options even if it is a good location.
Yep, that would have been my choice too if it were possible but on my boat it isn't.

And while I agree the cockpit coaming is not an ideal location, the visibility according to Puddinlegs puzzles me. The only time I have to crane my neck to see the instruments is when I'm sitting with my back to them which I try to avoid for that very reason. But that is only one position. Everywhere else in the cockpit they're easily visible no matter what point of sail you're on (even downwind ). The picture below (sorry, a bit fuzzy) shows the location in the starboard coaming, I have since installed a new facia with new instruments and a plexiglass cover to stop them getting accidentally damaged/reset.



By contrast, the fish finder on Brian's picture can only be seen from aft of the helm station so unless you're happy to spend your entire voyage there, it is not a good place, not even as good as the cockpit coaming IMHO.
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The picture I posted is the boat in question.

brokesailor posted the link and then deleted the post (or it disappeared for some reason) and I went to the link from my email and posted the pic for clarity.
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Brian: Thanks for the help. I couldn't get the picture to post. The pod above the companionway won't work due to traveler interference. With 10 votes against and one vote for I am sticking to tthe original plan. I'll start doing neck exercises to make sure it stays limber.
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well, not a great place to mount any instrument really, unless you are single handing. there will be always someone wanting to sit in front of your instruments!! I vote for an install below the dodger based on your pictures.
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Well here is the finished product. I think it came out very nice!
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Second try. I really don't have a clue! Well here is the finished product. I think it came out very nice!
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