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Old 03-24-2007, 11:30 PM
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I would like some input regarding an idea I am considering for relocating my electronics displays. Here is a picture of my current setup:



Although this looks nice, it is unfortunately not functional due to the height and angle that the displays are mounted. Because I am 6'3", the center console of my Sailfish 218 CC is not tall enough for me to be able to see my displays in sunlight while standing.

I considered building a wedge that would change the angle of the displays, but after creating a wooden mockup of the wedge, I learned that even bringing out the bottom of the displays 3 to 4 inches isn't enough to solve the problem. It helps, but not enough that I would be happy with it.

The idea that I’m considering is to purchase two of the NavPod mounts show below:



I would mount the two NavPods on the same plane that the compass is mounted, move the displays up into these mounts, and center compass between the two displays. I took a piece of cardboard and cut two squares the exact dimension of the mounts, and I'm in the process of deciding if they would be too obtrusive if I added them. I can easily see over them, and they would certainly solve for being able to clearly see the displays. I'm guessing it would not take long before I got used to the NavPods being mounted there. Opinions on this idea are encouraged and welcome.

Using the NavPod mounts introduces the issue of what to do with the holes that would remain in the console from removing the two C80's. If you look at where the compass came mounted on the boat, you'll see that if I choose to go with the NavPod solution, I'm committed to getting someone to first patch the hole left behind by centering up the compass before I install the port-side NavPod. My measurements indicate that the NavPod mouting base probably won't completely cover the hole ... hence it would have to be patched first. I mention this because it has occurred to me that if I'm going to have someone help me to patch the compass hole, then I could get them to patch the C80 holes in the console while they were at it.

I'd like to see if any of you can come up with a better solution, but the best idea that I can think of to make good use of the space on the console where the C80's would be moved from is to install storage such as this:





Finding a storage box that will fit is a bit difficult because the depth behind the console is only about 4 inches. Anything deeper than that wouldn’t work. As you can see in the photo of the storage boxes, the dimensions on these products are too large, but something like them would be ideal. I can't seem to find much variety on storage boxes on the Internet, so if anyone knows a good source of a large selection of these types of boxes, I would really appreciate it. It's also possible that I may have to get the storage boxes custom made, so if anyone knows of a source for that I would again be grateful. I've spent a large portion of my day searching the Internet and found several different glove/storage boxes but none with dimensions that would work.

I just want to throw these ideas out for feedback. I welcome ideas and/or suggestions. Also, I'm hoping someone knows where I can find custom storage boxes and I'm interested to see if anybody comes up with any ideas that I haven't thought of.

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Chris
Old 03-24-2007, 11:54 PM
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Can't tell from the picture, but is the console deep enough to put one Navpod behind the compas and the other beside that? Haven't a bloody clue what to do with those 2 big holes in your dash though.

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I can't believe that you can't see the Raymarine displays from that location. It looks like a perfect install... The Navpods are deep so make sure you have lots of room. It is also going to be harder to reach and kill your sightline. I would be concerned with your night vision also...

Here is one I just installed...

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Make sure that you get the NavPods on a loaner basis to see if they will kill your sightlines. I thought that I could use one and it was so freakin huge, I had to send it back.
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What Curtis states makes sense. If you have not seen a Navpod first hand, see if a local store will let you purchase one with a return policy. Also there are alot of vendors that will allow you to return the item in "new" condition. I installed a Navpod on a coastal 270 and the item was larger than I thought it would be but it worked well especially be able to swivel to your liking. Back to your question, due to the size of your boat, mounting two navpods would be obtrusive. Also keep in mind trade in value when you go to upgrade. Getting a tackle locker in that area is going to be difficult unless you have something fabricated. Four inches deep means probably 3.5 inches of usable space, do you see where this is going? Which leads to my final thought. If you are that unhappy with the displays, why not have brackets fabricated. You could have those displays come out and lay horizontally if you wanted to and have it look like it is part of your console with a good fiberglasser. The navpods are not cheap and neither will the glass work be. However aesthetically you will probably be better off with the glass work performed.

Good luck
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Default RE: Relocating My Displays - Thoughts and Input Welcome

Excellent feedback. Thank you all very much.

I think my next step will be to talk to my local fiberglass shop to find out what options I have with modifying the angle of the displays.

Thanks,
Chris

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