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Old 08-01-2011, 03:06   #1
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Thoughts on Nav Electronics Placement

I know this is about electronics but I feel this is the correct location for my query

I am going to install a range of Raymarine electronics on my boat

They include
C120w plotter
St60 wind,speed,depth
St 70 Autopilot control head
4kw radar
spx30 corepack and hydraulic autopilot pump.

My question is this the C120w plotter can display radar,charts and relay data from the St60 instruments along with being able to fully control the autopilot remote from the St70 Auto pilot control head.

With this functionality in my mind it makes sense to keep the helm area as uncluttered as possible and only mount the C120w there and put all other instruments below deck at the nav station. This will keep them dryer and allow the information to be accessible downstairs with the view to save for a C90 plotter for downstairs at the nav station.

Is there a practical flaw in my logic?

Any feedback appreciated

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I like all the instruments at the helm and a single multi-repeater below. I like the C120 to be dedicated to charting and/or radar. You don't want to have to switch displays to see depth, wind speed, relative wind direction, etc.

It's at the helm where you need the info the most and when things are busy, I want the information as easy to see as possible.

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Like George says.

Also, I would mount the ST-60 displays where you can view them not only from the helm but from anywhere in the cockpit. That way both you and your crew can maintain situational awareness even when the boat is on autopilot and you're not actually at the wheel / standing behind the C120 display.

By the way, do you need to E series if you're going to install multiple displays?
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By the way, do you need to E series if you're going to install multiple displays?
The C (wide) series boasts a SeatalkHS network connection (basically a 100Mbit Ethernet) which can be linked to other C-series units - although only one of the units can be configured as the "data master" and logically this should be the unit which is acting as the hub for the receivers, autopilot and radar etc.
You can also link a PC to the box via the same manner (with a cross-over) to chat to the system using RaytechRNS - version 6.2 of which now supports C-series plotters.
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