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That's a good idea. I'm more concerned about the location. The cockpit is fairly small and space is a premium. Although, with velcro I may be able to mount it in different places. I'll play with it this weekend while I'm out.
An arm that swings from inside the cabin, into the companion way works well. You may also consider mounting them on a board that replaces one of the hatch boards.

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RAM mounts are great. Their suction cup rubber ball mount allows you to put something on virtually any smooth flat surface - companionway hatch, plexiglass port, vertical gunwale. I have a rubber ball permanently attached at the top of my binnacle for mounting my chartplotter for when sitting at the helm (or adjacent to the helm, since it can rotate 360 degrees around). When the weather turns bad, I put the suction cup under the dodger and move the chartplotter there. I also take the suction cup to others' boats to mount my stuff temporarily if doing a delivery or charter.

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RAM mounts are great. Their suction cup rubber ball mount allows you to put something on virtually any smooth flat surface - companionway hatch, plexiglass port, vertical gunwale. I have a rubber ball permanently attached at the top of my binnacle for mounting my chartplotter for when sitting at the helm (or adjacent to the helm, since it can rotate 360 degrees around). When the weather turns bad, I put the suction cup under the dodger and move the chartplotter there. I also take the suction cup to others' boats to mount my stuff temporarily if doing a delivery or charter.

I didn't know there were suction cup RAM mounts.....That would work great. I could move it around as the situation demands. I use a permanent base for one on my fishing boat. I like those Ram mounts. I'll see about getting one on my next payday. I just spent a lot more than I planned on for this last one.
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This is genius. What is the amp draw on the drill? Does it spike up high if the drill gets bogged down in tough material?
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This is genius. What is the amp draw on the drill? Does it spike up high if the drill gets bogged down in tough material?
I've heard some people say they have a binary depth sounder ó their keel. Either they're aground or they're not.

Well, I have a binary amp meter. Either I've blown the fuse or I haven't. So I know that the drill draws less than 15 amps, but I couldn't say how much less. If it bogs down it does drop the voltage enough so that you can see the cabin lights dim.

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I've heard some people say they have a binary depth sounder ó their keel. Either they're aground or they're not.

Well, I have a binary amp meter. Either I've blown the fuse or I haven't. So I know that the drill draws less than 15 amps, but I couldn't say how much less. If it bogs down it does drop the voltage enough so that you can see the cabin lights dim.
That's a good enough answer for me. Less than 15 A should be fine.
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