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08-13-2007 11:42 PM
SEMIJim (Apologies for reviving a month-old thread.)

labatt,

If you don't mind my asking: How much did that articulating setup set you back?

Is it really stable? That is: Once you lock it in place, does it tend to stay put, even with the boat heaving, maybe people brushing up against it, etc.? I like that you can get the GPS out of the companionway, but I'd worry that, with all that weight on the end of that arm, it would tend to sag or move about.

Tnx,
Jim
07-11-2007 03:31 PM
labatt Here are a couple of pics with the ball joint... The ability to articulate the arms is great when you are 1) Changing where you are sitting in the cockpit, or 2) Adjusting for the angle of the sun against the screen.


07-10-2007 06:42 PM
labatt There are hundreds of different kinds of RAM mounts. If you email them and tell them what you want, they will spec one out and forward your request to 3-4 RAM dealers you can order from (discount). Not all of them use the ball joints. My personal server is down right now but I'll post a pic of my old mount later... the RAM mounts are machined aluminum and very solid and I can't speak well enough of them.
07-10-2007 05:55 PM
SchoonerMISTRESS I would go back to RAM MOUNT again and re-look. I have a mount from them that has 4 or 5 way positioning and there is no ball and each position can be locked into place. They have pages and pages of stuff. I remember it took a while to figure out which pieces we needed to make up what we have, and have it work for us. Prices were resonable enough, and we worked with a good company out of GA.
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07-10-2007 05:34 PM
sailingdog NOLASailing-

I've got the next size up of that same mount for my GPS. Very nice to be able to use it in both the cockpit and the cabin.
07-10-2007 05:31 PM
NOLAsailing I looked at the RAM mounts and they seem nice. However, most pivot around a ball joint and that's not really what I wanted for my application.

I had to order the mount as well. I had to pay shipping AND sales tax. That's WM for you...
07-10-2007 05:02 PM
Sapperwhite A company called Ram-Mount makes a lot of mountings for tons of different electronics. Many of them are made for a specific product, like a garmin440 for instance.
RAM Mounting Systems, Inc.
07-10-2007 05:02 PM
Northeaster great input folks. Thanks! Unfortunately, I was near a West Marine a few days ago, and now that I am home, it will have to be mail order - nearest one is several hours away.
07-10-2007 04:55 PM
NOLAsailing SailingDog is correct. The best source is WM.

I just searched exhaustively and that's what I ended up with. I bought the basic swing mount for $70. It's aluminum and well made.

07-10-2007 04:37 PM
sailingdog Unfortunately, the best source for those arms I've seen is still Worst Marine.
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