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algee 04-04-2013 09:01 PM

Mounting electronics on a pedestal guard
 
I am looking for a simple and inexpensive way to mount a Garmin 541S to my pedestal guard on my Endeavour 32. I have looked at some of the Edson mounts, and they quite pricey. Any ideas would be appiiciated.

guyfromiowa 04-04-2013 09:26 PM

Re: Mounting electronics on a pedestal guard
 
My Newport 30 has an Edson wheel and the stainless tube guard. When I first installed my 541S I built a pair of aluminum brackets and clamped them to the uprights ahead of the compass. The compass failed from seawater intrusion, (heavy sigh), so I bought a bulkhead compass and build a flat plate that fits atop the pedestal where the compass used to be and it provides a base for the Garmin mounting bracket that came in the box. The GPS is better-protected by the guard and it's easier to keep an eye on the screen. The stock bracket also provides easier tilt and pan so I can watch the screen from any position when I'm at the wheel. I can easily watch the compass in it's new location, too.

Maine Sail 04-04-2013 09:32 PM

Re: Mounting electronics on a pedestal guard
 
I designed this mount a couple of years ago.. A small piece of Starboard with two 1" holes in it lined up for the guard centers, four 316 SS clamp collars from McMaster Carr and you're done. Simple and looks factory made... I do polish the clamp collars with a grinder mounted cotton buff wheel and Tripoli compound first....

http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/image/142617922.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/image/142617926.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/image/142617929.jpg

jimgo 04-04-2013 10:05 PM

Re: Mounting electronics on a pedestal guard
 
That's pretty cool! Nice job!

Alex W 04-04-2013 10:12 PM

Re: Mounting electronics on a pedestal guard
 
Check used marine stores (or eBay) for NavPod's that you can modify to fit your unit. In Seattle Second Wave has a selection of them, some cheap, some expensive, and it's often random which is which. I've even seen unused ones cut out for a specific unit.

I like Maine Sail's approach, though it would get messy if it were a unit with more than one cable (my e7D has 3 cables). Those clamps are also $32/ea, so it's a bit cheaper than a cut to fit NavPod, but not hundreds cheaper.

I do wish there were some cheaper options.

msmith10 04-04-2013 10:19 PM

Re: Mounting electronics on a pedestal guard
 
I bought one of the Snapit things at West, mounted the swivel base that came with my Garmin to that, and mounted the Snapit on the pedestal guard. Cost about $20, looks good and has lasted for years.
Has added benefit of being able to swivel to any direction, so I can see my plotter no matter where I am in the cockpit.

badsanta 04-05-2013 08:41 AM

I bought a stearboard cup holder that mounts to the tubing. Then removed the top cup ring and mounted my handhealed gps to the flat base. Works great. Did the ICW from the c &d to miami no problems

Minnewaska 04-05-2013 08:48 AM

Re: Mounting electronics on a pedestal guard
 
These folks make universal mounts for countless things. You'll have to dig around to see if they have an adapter for what you are trying to mount, but they will have something to connect it to the pedestal.

http://www.rammount.com/

algee 04-05-2013 11:25 AM

Re: Mounting electronics on a pedestal guard
 
You guys are the best!! I just ordered a mount from SNAPIT, and I think it will work great. Thanks for the help.

BarryL 04-05-2013 11:57 AM

Re: Mounting electronics on a pedestal guard
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Minnewaska (Post 1012500)
These folks make universal mounts for countless things. You'll have to dig around to see if they have an adapter for what you are trying to mount, but they will have something to connect it to the pedestal.

RAM Mounting Systems, Inc.

You beat me to it! Rammount stuff is really great and they have adapters for EVERYTHING.

Barry


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