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Re: GPS and other displays, pedestal mount or other?
The two functions we like having at the helm are the chart-plotter/GPS and the auto-pilot control. The other instruments, Wind, Speed and Depth, we like having forward so they are easily seen by everyone in the cockpit so that the helmsman can ask cockpit crew to watch the depth or wind while the driver focuses on steering and staying within channels etc. Whereas I occasionally have to single-hand (or effectively single hand while the off-watch crew is sleeping below), the helm mounted instruments are in "pods" that can be rotated 270º so they can be seen by a crew forward of the helm as well as aft when necessary. Unlike many, I do not see the need for huge chart-plotter displays at the helm and have found 5" screens quite adequate (although we have a very large display at the navigation table) which simplifies their installation and ability to be rotated. The newer systems, (such as the GPSMap 3205 we recently installed) and even more so the newer also have the capability of displaying AIS Data and radar if one connects them to one's helm displays.
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Last edited by svHyLyte; 04-06-2013 at 04:00 PM.