Which is a discussion in and of itself. I think the stack of electronics on the pedestal so common today is ill-advised. Instruments should be forward, preferably over the companionway where they can be seen from anywhere in the cockpit. A chartplotter should be under the dodger preferably to port.I certainly want the plotter at the helm where I can use it while actually sailing.
Which is a discussion in and of itself. I think the stack of electronics on the pedestal so common today is ill-advised. Instruments should be forward, preferably over the companionway where they can be seen from anywhere in the cockpit. A chartplotter should be under the dodger preferably to port.
I agree that OpenCPN is great, and very flexible to integrate with electronics if you're handy with computer interfacing. I use it as my primary chartplotter at the helm, but I'm a fair weather daysailer, so everything stays dry.Yes move the plotter up to the helm. Down below I would use an iPad or old laptop with Open CPN a free chart software that is well supported and will integrate with future electronics. It will even work on an old netbook, does not require much.
Agreed. There are lots of ways on just about every boat to mount instruments over the companionway so they aren't in the way of sight or subject to damage.I certainly don't want instruments mounted so high that they block sight, or will get grabbed or otherwise broken.
The benefits of having the plotter under the dodger are manifold. Most significant is that it keeps you from fiddling with the plotter when your head should be outside the boat. Cruising with the autopilot engaged you'll likely be under the dodger anyway and placing the plotter there is more useful than on the pedestal. Racing, depending on your boat and the size of your crew your navigator, tactician, mainsail trimmer, or a jib trimmer can read you the data.I like to have the plotter near the wheel so I can easily use it for the task at hand. If I'm racing I want to see distance and time to waypoints. If I'm anchoring I want to see the SONAR display. If I'm just daysailing I might not even turn it on. If I'm cruising and in bad visibility or at night or in a crowded area I want to see AIS targets. I don't want to have to move back and forth between the pedestal and the companionway to make changes.
Not a fan of bulkhead mounted instruments - crew and guests are often in the way.The C&C has Raymarine ST60 units mounted in the bulkhead at the forward end of the cockpit, next to the companionway.
I guess it depends on where you sail. Having a chartplotter at the helm has basically eliminated "anchoring with my keel" here on the Chesapeake Bay since it shows me where the shallow water is.For myself, the primary purpose of a chart plotter is as a recording device. Unless I'm well offshore, there's not really anything the chart plotter can tell me that my eyes can't. It can confirm what I see, but it's certainly not a substitute for what I see. So for me, having it at the helm is merely a distraction. In fact, the only instrument I have at the helm is the compass.
I understand that. For myself, I find the depth sounder far more of a reliable instrument than a chart which may or may not be accurate. That's why I plan ahead.I think he was referring to how the chartplotter helps him avoid running aground.