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Old 01-10-2017, 01:29 PM   #1
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Default Appropriate mounting angle for MFDs

Does anyone know what an appropriate mounting angle for MFDs is?

Eye-balling pictures of consoles it seems to be around 65 -70 degrees, but I'm really not sure.

The unit in question is an HDS-7 Gen 2.
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Probably depends on your boat, the location, your height...
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Probably depends on your boat, the location, your height...
I think maybe you have that backwards? Boat setup determines what angle you view the MFD at.

I'm reconfiguring my entire dash so I have the opportunity to set it at an optimal angle.
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angle it so it points right at your eyes when you're looking at it.
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I think you missed Van's point.

The ideal is to look directly 90 degrees to the display screen. Whether an individual can view it that way is determined by their height and the distance from the screen - picture a triangle. At the same distance, if it's ideal for one person, it won't be for someone taller or shorter. For two people the same height, it will be different if they are nearer or farther.

Add to that the "shade factor." If it's an open vessel, you had damned we'll be looking right at it to avoid sun glare. If there's a top or you're in an enclosed bridge, the viewing angle can be more flexible before reflections are an issue.
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I felt it necessary to make custom "tapered spacers" from Starboard when mounting my MFDs (and VHF)

in order to obtain a good viewing angle.



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Use a RAM mount and you will get the 'optimum' viewing angle whilst sitting, standing or kneeling.
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I believe most modern day consoles are built with the proper angel for a normal height person to have the proper viewing angle when the MFD is flush mounted. My Edgewater worked out that way.

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I believe most modern day consoles are built with the proper angel for a normal height person to have the proper viewing angle when the MFD is flush mounted. My Edgewater worked out that way.

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And what's a normal height person?
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And what's a normal height person?


That would be around 5" 10" for men.


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I think you missed Van's point.

Did Van have a point? Guess I'll have to go measure my triangles. I'm 'normal height', so it should work for him. And here all this time I thought the correct mounting for my MFD was the one that gave me the best viewing comfort in the space available. Jeez, I just got rid of my slide rule a couple of months ago ...
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That would be around 5" 10" for men.


Jim
I feel much better, then.

At 6'6" that must mean I'm well above normal.
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I feel much better, then.

At 6'6" that must mean I'm well above normal.
Well or possibly abnormal

Seriously I really do not have any issues with looking at my MFD from any realistic angle, it just is not an issue for me standing or sitting or left right. I have a pair of MFD's side by side and really have no issue with either at different angles.

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At 6'6" that must mean I'm well above normal.

Yeah, but can you see your 'normal person' MFD from well above ...
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At 6'6" that must mean I'm well above normal.

Yeah, but can you see your 'normal person' MFD from well above ...
Well I guess I need to try that, I will measure out the appropriate elevating device and give it a try this week-end. Maybe we need MFD's with motor drives to adjust the angle of the screen based on eye and retina detection and angle. Just glad I am normal LOL

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and then you have to deal with polarized or non polarized glasses.
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