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Old 04-22-2012
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Instrument pod location (companionway)

I am seeking some pros and cons for having your instrument pod above the companionway vs at the helm.

I am upgrading my instruments (IS20 Simrad) and chartplotter on a SimNet backbone, had a solid plan of putting them all at the helm until I laid out all the instruments and chartplotter, and started to review others with similar set ups. It seems very congested. So I decided to custom build a teak instrument pod just above the companionway but now wondering if I will be able to view the instruments from the helm, especially the wind instruments. I like this concept, leaving just the chartplotter at the helm with all the instruments forward. I can still see the instruments even if I am not back at the helm. I really can't put them on the bulkhead as all my controls and lines run to the aft and my mainsheet is right in front of the companionway.

Does having the instruments (not including autopilot) above the companionway work well for others and are visible, or putting the new instrument cluster back at the helm in a pod is better? (pictures would be great!)
I have recently received mixed opinions on both, at the helm and above the companionway.

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Re: Instrument pod location (companionway)

For day sailing instruments above the companionway is a good idea.They will (their lights) will block your vision. Ifyou decide to put them to the helm, make surethey are maximum 4ft high.
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Re: Instrument pod location (companionway)

Absolutely no reason not to have instruments above companionway or mounted on the trunk cabin bulkhead facing aft. You can manage their lights and dim them individually or in sync if you chose at night. The chartplotter at the helm is helpful and in most cases will display much of the instruments information if you so chose. I am a fan of keeping it simple at the helm so you don't look down too much - I also would suggest that you keep your line of sight to the compass clear so that you can steer by it should you lose your navionics.

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