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Old 02-22-2014, 09:10 PM
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In regards to the sun, and viewability. Trying to decide in flushing mounting versus mounting a unit on the dash, whish puts it a bit higher, but also more under t-top.
Any pros/cons welcomed.
I realize if will require holes in the top of the console and cable clams or the like.
I see pros and cons of each. Just wanting to hear other thoughts before I cut holes or drill holes.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:15 PM
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Much better in dash~ on glance shows depth and location as well as gauges and tab angle.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:21 PM
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In dash is obviously lower and in more (direct) sunlight.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:26 PM
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I like dash mount better for visibility and ease of use in my boat. Although all the sounders claim to be viewable from many angles in full sunlight. This is not true. I like to be able to change the angle of screen depending on type of fishing and conditions (mostly sun and angle of sun). Also you can remove the sounder from boat to prevent theft. Even though I would be very impressed to see someone steal one that is flush mounted without getting caught!!

On flip[ side it always looks pretty if you flush mount. Depends on whether the sounder is there for cosmetics or use.
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Sounder/GPS is definitely there for primary use.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:16 AM
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A flush mount can be more secure than a bracket mount if you can lock up access to the back of the dash. This is NOT true of new Garmin flush mounts with a snap on trim piece.
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Because the Garmin mounts aren't all that secure, I've considered bolting/screwing a metal bar across the backside of the unit to reduce chances that it could be simply pulled out of the console after undoing those face-mount screws.

I'm sure I'll wish I did that right after it disappears.
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Originally Posted by sandyda View Post
A flush mount can be more secure than a bracket mount if you can lock up access to the back of the dash. This is NOT true of new Garmin flush mounts with a snap on trim piece.
Exactly one of the units I have to decide on flush or dash mount.

One con to dash mounting if the exposed power and ducer cable connectors on the dash. I would run them thru a cable clam, but that still leaves the connector exposed unless you cover it with plastic bag and twist tie, or similar.
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I like the dash mount. Perfect height. Wires are organized and well protected.
Flush just too low and hard to see and read on the fly; at least on my boat.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:34 PM
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Bracket/gimbal mounted GPS are superior in my experience. My last boat used the bracket just ahead of the wheel and atop the console. It did not interfere with my sight lines while underway. It was also highly adjustable to compensate for sunlight interference. My current boat has a flush mounted GPS. That was a mistake. When I replace the GPS it's going right where I had it on my previous boat. Your console design may make your decision more difficult.
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Originally Posted by Butch Davis View Post
Bracket/gimbal mounted GPS are superior in my experience. My last boat used the bracket just ahead of the wheel and atop the console. It did not interfere with my sight lines while underway. It was also highly adjustable to compensate for sunlight interference. My current boat has a flush mounted GPS. That was a mistake. When I replace the GPS it's going right where I had it on my previous boat. Your console design may make your decision more difficult.
I agree. Also easy to take the unit off the boat. Flush mounts get stolen all the time.

I love being able to adjust my viewing angle for each condition.
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by LouTiffs View Post
Flush just too low and hard to see and read on the fly; at least on my boat.
This is why I asked and considering top of console/dash mount.
Previous boat I flush mounted a big unit but sunlight, angle of viewing, and ability to easily see while underway have me thinking dash mounting this next time.

Cable clams or similar through the top of dash/console, but still thinking on how to protect the connector ends from weather besides plastic bag with twist tie. I have a small prescription bottle cap slit so the cable will fit through, sealed back up, then put the bottle on inside my kayak that helps protect the power and ducer cable connectors for my yak combo unit.
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