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Electronics April 2003
By Ben Ellison

Mind the Vectors
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Do you have any advice about mounting a plotter on a flying bridge? B.C., via e-mail
You bet. First of all, figure that your plotter may well be the most looked-at and fingered machine up there. Give it proper priority, which may conflict with aesthetics. Flush-mounts usually look great, but don’t always permit direct sightlines and easy reach. Plus, you may find, even with the brightest screens, that in certain light conditions you want to angle the LCD just so, or simply get it closer to your eyes. If that’s the case, and the usually limited adjustability of the plotter’s own freestanding bracket doesn’t do the job, you might consider a RAM mount. This company (www.ram-mount.com) makes a nearly infinite number of base plates, arms, and sockets designed to hold most any size machine exactly where you want it. They’re quite rugged, though not pretty. Navpods (www.hosecoil.com) are something of a compromise; these are sleek fiberglass shells into which you flush-mount a machine, then attach the pod to some horizontal surface. Some models swivel on one axis, some on two. Both RAMs and Navpods can be seen at many marine stores, though few outlets can stock the full lines. Finally, consider a temporary installation so that you can fine-tune the ergonomics for yourself. —B.E.

Got a marine electronics question? Write to Electronics Q&A, Power & Motoryacht, 260 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Fax: (917) 256-2282. e-mail: PMYElectronics@primediamags.com. No phone calls please.

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This article originally appeared in the March 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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