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We are in the buying process of a canoe stern bluewater boat with a tiller. The boat is light on electronics, leaving me to ponder where I could mount a chartplotter? Any ideas or photos appreciated. I will miss the helm pedestal from the wheel steering - so convenient.
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Re: looking for ideas for tiller cockpit

Where is your traveler? If it is in the cockpit, that may be a spot to make an offset mount. Otherwise you always have the cabin wall. But I would want to be able to stow my chartplotter inside during rough weather.

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We are in the buying process of a canoe stern bluewater boat with a tiller. The boat is light on electronics, leaving me to ponder where I could mount a chartplotter? Any ideas or photos appreciated. I will miss the helm pedestal from the wheel steering - so convenient.
Our Rafiki has this exact challenge. My solution (so far) is to use a Garmin handheld chartplotter, along with an iPad (running iNavx) mounted under the dodger in a waterproof case with a RAM mount. The handheld can be right beside the helm person, and the iPad is large enough to view from the helm seat. I also have my depth sounder and wind speed/direction displays attached to the cockpit bulkhead on either side of the companion way.

Not sure if I have any pics, but itís pretty straight forward.
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Re: looking for ideas for tiller cockpit

Somewhere around my office, I have a suction cup ram mount that you can pretty much attach to any smooth surface. When I had my Catalina 27, which was a tiller boat, I mounted the GPS/Plotter on a small platform that I attached to the bulkhead. I made the platform out of an old plastic cutting board and bored a couple holes in it, attached some brass brazing rod to the bottoms of the holes and used that part for a drink holder - worked great.

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Re: looking for ideas for tiller cockpit

It would be helpful to know exactly which boat you're discussing... not the S37 in your profile, presumably...

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Re: looking for ideas for tiller cockpit

Yes, a different boat than the Seidelmann in my profile. The offer is for an Alajuela 38.

I like the ipad idea, and had thought of that route in the past. I guess there is a way to keep the screen awake and bright for extended periods? Running a 12V outlet would be simple. Seems like a good option at less than half the price of a comparable chartplotter.

I've seen some use of a swing arm from the inside cabin wall that can be rotated to place the chartplotter in the companionway when underway. Not sure I like this, but it does have the advantage of being able to also use the chartplotter at the navigation table inside.

Mounting on cabin top under the dodger may be in the way of running rigging and winches.

I like the clean open feel of the cockpit, but can't dismiss the risk of the tricky Carolina shoals.
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Re: looking for ideas for tiller cockpit

Have the Garmin 7" plotter on a swivel mount in the companionway. It swings out for viewing from the helm and back so it can be seen from inside the cabin. A great location as it's easy to see in bright sunlight because it's under the shade of the dodger. Can also easily get at the controls while steering.

Mounted the sailing instruments in a pod over the companionway which is a great location. Can see the instruments while scanning forward. Mounted on the cabin side, you have to drop your sight line when looking at the instruments.
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Re: looking for ideas for tiller cockpit

Not knowing your boat... I found a good use for a rarely used under the dodger winch. All it took was an 11/16" square bar x 5" long if I recall correctly and the standard mounting bracket... a few holes and bolts... and a cig plug using an existing cig outlet in the cockpit dash
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Have the Garmin 7" plotter on a swivel mount in the companionway. It swings out for viewing from the helm and back so it can be seen from inside the cabin. A great location as it's easy to see in bright sunlight because it's under the shade of the dodger. Can also easily get at the controls while steering.

Mounted the sailing instruments in a pod over the companionway which is a great location. Can see the instruments while scanning forward. Mounted on the cabin side, you have to drop your sight line when looking at the instruments.
+1 for both these ideas. Have seen and sail on boats with these options

We currently use a hand held GPS/Chart plotter GPSMAP78 and RAM mount with a sucker base on our little 31 foot tiller steered boat. RAM mount was about USD44

And another thought, you may not always be at the tiller (autopilot?) so you need to be able to see the instruments from other positions

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Re: looking for ideas for tiller cockpit

Here's my swing arm with ipad mini. The arm is nicely crafted from the Joy Factory.
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