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Offline alsantini

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Chart plotter mount?
« on: April 05, 2016, 10:36:17 AM »
Anyone use a swing out mount for a chart plotter?  I would like to mount my new Garmin 44dv on a swing out arm mounted in the cabin.   Sail on.   Al

Offline BruceW

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Re: Chart plotter mount?
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2016, 05:54:09 PM »
I have a swing out mount that is made of wood; it is for my fishfinder depth gauge, but seems like it would work for a chartplotter also, maybe some day.
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Re: Chart plotter mount?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2016, 10:09:40 PM »
I'm planning on getting a new unit next month.
Currently there is a compass mounted on a wood board that rests in the companion hatch board area or in between the cockpit seats, so was going to try to fashion something like that, but would be interested in alternative designs.
I'm also curious about where/how folks are mounting the transducer if its not a in hull.  It looks like a lot of units have a transom mount for the newer/fancier transducers. I can imagine a couple of spots to do this, but pictures would be helpful, and if anyone has had issues with readings when on a heel.
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Offline Mike K

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Re: Chart plotter mount?
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2016, 05:29:59 PM »
Last fall I got a Raymarine Dragonfly 5Pro GPS with Navionics+ on it.  Since it has a sonar (depth) transducer attached to it, and I want to be able to move it between my 2 sailboats or even a rented sailboat, I build a complicated free standing unit out of wood complete with it's own little 12V battery.

I know you don't want/need to go that complicated route, but I did want to recommend looking at the RAM mounts website.  I cobbled together different pieces to get a suction cup depth finder transducer mount that hopefully prevents me from having to drill into the boat for a permanent transducer mount.

You can find a lot of stuff that may help out with articulating arms, suctions cups, etc.  If nothing else, it can keep you occupied for hours thinking about alternatives!  http://www.rammount.com/
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Re: Chart plotter mount?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2016, 09:26:26 AM »
Here is the final.  Used a RAM Mount which turned out to be very nice.  Strong and easy install.  The liner in the Eclipse had plenty of room to mount it.  It swings out of the way, into the cabin so boards can be installed.  So far, I am very pleased.

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Re: Chart plotter mount?
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2016, 01:49:15 PM »
Looking good. Nice job!
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Re: Chart plotter mount?
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2016, 02:04:44 PM »
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Re: Chart plotter mount?
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2016, 08:47:04 AM »
Lots of folks have designed and built swing out mounts for dry storage and use.  Type swing out mount and enjoy.  This forum is the best source for projects.
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Re: Chart plotter mount?
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2016, 03:00:41 PM »
Al,

Did your install require a In-Hull Transducer to be installed?  I might be getting a GPSMap 547 unit for by Bday. It is hard to determine what is needed to get it to work! Once I know what is needed hardware/wiring wise, then I'll check out all of the different mount options on the forum.

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Re: Chart plotter mount?
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2016, 09:38:02 PM »
Al,

Did your install require a In-Hull Transducer to be installed?  I might be getting a GPSMap 547 unit for by Bday. It is hard to determine what is needed to get it to work! Once I know what is needed hardware/wiring wise, then I'll check out all of the different mount options on the forum.

Thanks,

Jim

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Re: Chart plotter mount?
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2016, 09:57:04 AM »
Used Majestic TV mount (took off one of the sections) to mount plotter and vhf (see Re: Swing Arm Mount for GPS posted Jan 12, 2015 @1:17PM).  Mounted the depth sounder transducer with epoxy inside hull adjacent keel and just aft of porta potti (had tested it first with removable soft bonding compund).  Everything works great.

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Re: Chart plotter mount?
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2016, 08:15:29 PM »
Jim.  The unit came with a transom mount that I have not used.  I bought a ladder mount but do not like it.  I contacted Garmin and they told me that the transducer that comes with the 44dv is only useable if submersed under water.  To be used inside the hull it will require a different transducer.  Once home from CLR, I will investigate it more, hopefully trading in the current one for the one I want.  More info posted later.

Al