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Pedestal Guard/Helm 31 68.89%
Under the Dodger - Port Side 5 11.11%
Other? 9 20.00%
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Question Chart Plotter Location?

Where do you prefer your chat plotter to be mounted?

I had only really considered mounting it at the helm on the pedestal guard. In a discussion with a consultant it was mentioned to think about putting it under the dodger. I have seen both and I am leaning towards under the dodger for many reasons. I would like to hear some discussion from the group.
-Why did you choose the location you did?
-Are you happy with the location?
-Any additional thoughts and information would be most appreciated.

For my application, mounting it under the dodger would solve several issues I would create trying to mount it on the pedestal guard.

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Re: Chart Plotter Location?

mine really is at the nav desk, but my radar is at the helm and they are connected

my chartplotter is black & white and hard to read, but my radar unit is color and easy

so in the end the best info that is easiest to use is at the helm, when the guy steering can see it

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Re: Chart Plotter Location?

Pedestal for easy access to controls while sailing.

I have a second data display under the dodger for easy viewing by helm and crew when sailing. It normally hows AWA, AWS, boat speed.

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Re: Chart Plotter Location?

On my former boat, I had a color Raymarine plotter/radar (color) at the helm station and a repeater unit (b/w) below at the nav station. Never used the one at nav station while underway. At anchor I very occasionally used the plotter-radar for planning a trip or checking thundershowers. Having two units did not seem worth the expense, but they came with the boat. On my current boat, I have a chart plotter/radar at the helm station--where it should be. Nothing below. I have a decent size cockpit and unless I had a really large monitor, like 22" or so, I don't think I could see the plotter with the level of detail that would make me feel comfortable inching my way into a harbor. As I get older, things fall apart, and eyes went a long time ago.
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Re: Chart Plotter Location?

Mounted in a pod on the Pedestal Guard.
  • Why did you choose the location you did?
    • Close to the wheel so I can operate and view the MFD while sailing alone
    • We sail mostly coastal/inshore so having the chart in cockpit is important while short/single handed.
  • Are you happy with the location?
    • Yes - works fine the way we use the boat
  • Any additional thoughts and information would be most appreciated.
    • Under the Dodger - to far away when I sail single handed
    • When we are two on watch it works fine to sit behind the wheel while the helms person sit to wind/leeward side steering. This way it's easy to share information.
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Re: Chart Plotter Location?

I have one at the helm and one at my Nav station. Both are linked. I plot generally at my nav station. They can both be function independently if neccasary.

I like it at the helm for reference as i come in anywhere. My vision is going and it would be hard to see up front. While out i really only reference my c plotter once in a while as i do most of my routes by compass. I use a c-plotter for near in shore and that's about it.

I guess ideally a small repeater would be nice under the dodger (don't have one). But, i can't see burning more power to run another device. I do have a 78SC i use on occasion; that's more for practice than anything else.

I do believe instruments should be forward though. I can't stand them at the helm. I spend very little time at the wheel.
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Re: Chart Plotter Location?

Chartplotter/MFD at the helm that can wireless to any android device (phone and tablet) on board as both repeater and control (Raymarine).
Bpth a netbook (10inch) and 22 inch PC based chart plotter below with an USB hockey puck for GPS, this also feeds a back up GPS to the VHF with DSC and AIS (the 2150x) that also carries and shows lat/lon course and speed, the AIS is also then repeated to all devices.

Eventually, the simple hand held Bushnell night vision will also feed the video input for the chart plotter.

oh yeah, and I've got a hand held Magellan GPS with charts and my phone has Navionic's USA East. I think I'm covered, but just in case I have paper charts (um, two sets ).

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Re: Chart Plotter Location?

Pedestal and at the chart table, but if I could have only one, it would be at the pedestal. The only case when under the dodger might be better, is in bad weather you could tuck yourself in there, assuming you have an autopilot with a remote.
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Re: Chart Plotter Location?

I have two and both are located at the helm. But, I have a permanent bimini over by cockpit that I only take down for hurricanes. I also only boat in moderate weather areas. If I was going to sail somewhere cold, I could see maybe mounting it below.

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Re: Chart Plotter Location?

I strongly prefer the chartplotter at the helm, especially for Chesapeake Bay sailing where I find that 90 percent of the use of the plotter is for picking into tricky creek and cove entrances. In those situations, I really don't want the chart or its controls five plus feet away, no matter how big the screen is. The plotter under the dodger or down below has always seemed more of an offshore setup where you might have the boat self-steering for hours on end and not want to climb behind the wheel for every course check, etc.

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