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ST 60 instrumentation mounting

I am having ST-60 instrumentation mounted on my boat. I would like to mount them inside a recessed opening in the cockpit. Can anyone direct me to where I can get a pod that can be mounted in the cockpit on the stbd seat back (where your back would be against when sitting in the cockpit).

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I am having ST-60 instrumentation mounted on my boat. I would like to mount them inside a recessed opening in the cockpit. Can anyone direct me to where I can get a pod that can be mounted in the cockpit on the stbd seat back (where your back would be against when sitting in the cockpit).
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Not a whole lot of details to go on there...

You might get better advice if you let us know a few measurements:

1. How many displays? (wind, depth/speed, multi, tridata, etc...)
2. How will they be arranged? (all in a row vert/horiz?)
3. How much room do you have for the install?
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Basically i am looking for a Nav Pod (if there is such a thing) that you would install on the vertical section of the ococpit seat back so if you sit back on them you don't push anything. 3 instruments total, arrangement would depend on the recessed panel shape.
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check with these guys they make some for ST 60. NavPod - Instrument Housings for Marine Electronics you might not want to place them where people sit. on my boat the PO mounted them in the cabin bulkhead and every time you want to see one there is some one sitting right in front of them. move them to a pod above the cabin hatch. Just relized I have no pics of the finished install. you can see where they were and it sucked
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I had a custom box made out of teak and mounted it under the dodger. There are templates in the installation instructions for this purpose as well as cutting holes in bulkheads..ouch
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You definitely want the instruments inset quite a bit if they're going to be in the seat back. You could make a box or take a look at SSI's coaming boxes. One of them might be a good size for your instruments.

Our boat came with a radio mounted in the cockpit coaming. It didn't last the season with us, and we tried to be careful. It stuck out a bit, so it was kicked and kneed and just generally unintentionally abused. (For now we've gone to a handheld unit at the helm, there's another installed at the nav station.) Here's an old pic that shows the radio. I've since built a pedestal table for the instruments at the helm.
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Thanks for the link Winter River. That's what I was visualizing. I fowarded it to the Yard doing the work.
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I have my instruments mounted exactly where you're planning them. Simply put, there is nowhere else on my boat that works and I don't want to festoon my helm station with stuff and besides, my thinking was that the only time you can see the instruments at the helm is when you're standing at the helm. On long sails, voyages, that is almost never.

The problem with the coaming location is that there is ALWAYS some sitting in that area and there is ALWAYS a leg, an arm, a bum, whatever in the way and I get really frustrated because I now also have instruments that can seen, well, almost never.

I don't want to offer a solution because I don't know your boat but I believe the cockpit coaming not to be such a good choice.
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Thanks Omatako for your insight.
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Honestly, I've never seen a boat with instruments (other than an autopilot with a plastic cover... yes, it was a PITA to get to much of the time too!) 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 or built into a spray hood. Have you considered mast mounted instruments? They're about the easiest to see of the lot unless you have a very old dodger that needs replacing as well.
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