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08-14-2007 12:11 AM
camaraderie I agree with those who put the plotter at the helm or visible from the helm.
We mounted our one and only plotter directly on the pedestal on a swing ram mount so that I could orient the screen to wherever I happen to be roosting at the moment AND so I could easily remove it to safety when not on board. We used the supplied bracket to attach the plotter to the mount. I do all navigation underway from the helm and prefer it this way.
08-13-2007 10:13 PM
ArgleBargle Thanks to all who replied for that discussion - it was extremely useful!

cheers

-ArgleBargle
08-13-2007 04:56 PM
sailingdog Everyone knows CD only spends time in the cockpit grilling.

Actually, I'd have to say, having a chartplotter in the cockpit is more useful than down below, for many of the reasons CD cited.

I've also found having a remote for the autopilot is very handy, especially if I have to go forward to do something when single-handing. It allows me to adjust the course of the boat to dodge lobster pots, of which there are a billion in New England waters, without having to run back to the cockpit.

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Dad,

Slightly OT but I am curious as to where you pass most of your time on a sail of say...10 hrs through coast waters... not running the ICW... but actually sailing?

Do you sail short handed or with crew usually?

Is your helm protected from sun and rain where you can sit and have a good view in all directions including up to see your mainsail trim?

Can you trim your headsail from behind the helm? If not, how do you trim if you are not using an autopilot?

jef
sv shiva
08-13-2007 04:29 PM
BarryL
10 hour sail

Quote:
Originally Posted by SanderO View Post
I am curious as to where you pass most of your time on a sail of say...10 hrs through coast waters... not running the ICW... but actually sailing?

Do you sail short handed or with crew usually?

Is your helm protected from sun and rain where you can sit and have a good view in all directions including up to see your mainsail trim?

Can you trim your headsail from behind the helm? If not, how do you trim if you are not using an autopilot?
Hello,

When I am on a passage to a destination (as opposed to just sailing around like on a day sail) I have always been shorthanded (maybe one other person to help). I spend most of the time in the cockpit, either behind the wheel, sitting on the high side, or somewhere else in the cockpit.

I have a dodger and bimini. It's not easy, but I can see the sails from under the bimini. I do have a good view all around me (except for the area behind the headsail). I can't trim either of the sails from behind the helm. If the autopilot is on that is not an issue. If it is I will lock the wheel with the brake, make the sail adjustment, then get back behind the wheel.

My chartplotter is at the helm, where I can see it. If it were below at the nav station it would be almost useless for me. I have the main radio at the nav, with a remote mic at the helm. The radio is connected to the chartplotter via NMEA, and the radio screen displays LAT LONG, COG, and SOG.

Barry
08-13-2007 03:21 PM
Cruisingdad jef,

I will PM you.

- CD
08-13-2007 03:06 PM
SanderO Dad,

Slightly OT but I am curious as to where you pass most of your time on a sail of say...10 hrs through coast waters... not running the ICW... but actually sailing?

Do you sail short handed or with crew usually?

Is your helm protected from sun and rain where you can sit and have a good view in all directions including up to see your mainsail trim?

Can you trim your headsail from behind the helm? If not, how do you trim if you are not using an autopilot?

jef
sv shiva
08-13-2007 02:56 PM
TrueBlue My experience is similar to Cd's - regarding nav station vs cockpit for the chatplotter and I agree, that the best place is at the wheel.

However, our large screen Raymarine chartplotter is permanently mounted to the teak pilothouse console, along with several other navigation instruments, including the radar and autopilot console unit. Unless the weather is really too terrible to steer from the aft cockpit (we have two stations), I'm rarely operating/sailing from the pilothouse.

I use the autopilot remote and a portable handheld GPS plotter at the aft helm, each with proprietary surface mounts. But wish I had a large screen chartplotter repeater there instead.
08-13-2007 02:47 PM
Cruisingdad One other thought: THe C80 is a fine unit, but will not allow multi stations IIRC. I chose the E series for that - as I do have a repeater (CP/radar E80) down below too. THe repeater down below is a nice luxury (esp when making courses in prep for a passage or when fixing something to eat down below and still seeing the radar). However, to me, it is a luxury only - and not a neccesity.

- CD
08-13-2007 02:43 PM
Cruisingdad My experience:

I have and always will use the Navpods. I am not saying the others are wrong or right, I just like the products and they are well made for day/night/dry/wet. I know this may contradict some of the things above. Also, I do, as was posted above, keep a canvas cover on it.

THe nav pod will not be stolen easily. It will take time and effort. If they are willing to take that much time, the truth is that they will likely have the time to go down below too. I have had an outboard stolen, never any electronics.

Also, the point was made about using a CP in the cockpit versus the nav station. On that fact, my experience is considerably differnt. If I could only choose one place, it would definitely be in the cockpit. You can't stad watch from down below and when offshore the radar will see things long before you do. Also, when navigating in close and tight areas that are unfarmiliar, I have found it a very valuable aid. I remember going down the ICW one night in pitch black darkness. The radar picked up nuns and cans that were not on the CP and did not show markers that should have been there. Depending on the area you cruise, getting slightly out of the ICW will put you on the hard.

I hope that answers your question(s). I don't think there is a right or wrong answer here... just opinions.

- CD
08-13-2007 01:55 PM
SanderO As I don't spend lots of time behind the helm... the auto pilot steers.. I don't see the point of having one and only one chart plotter mounted back there. A C80 makes more sense below decks at a nav station and if you must have a chart plotter at the helm.. get a small portable one when you can take with you.

Sure for big boats with oddles of electronics it's cool to have MFDs all over the place. And I suppose if you are always behind the helm because you don't use an autopilot if you need to see a plotter... at the helm it must be.

However, I would consider getting an auto pilot and find a better location for a plotter. I'm not saying that a plotter isn't handy in the cockpit... but I think the smaller hand held ones actually make more sense. And they can be in removable fix mount too.

jef
sv shiva
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