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Old 01-10-2013, 22:24   #1
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Securing electronics with DIY secure bail mounts

I just got the new Garmin 741xs for the helm area of my Larson Cabrio 280. Cost with tax close to $1900 total. I was going to use a NavPod enclosure to help secure it from walking away, but it blocked too much of my view up there. It looks like I will be using the bail mount bolted through the fiberglass horizontal flat part of my console.



Has anyone seen or fabricated a bail mount made of thick aluminum or steel? I was thinking of making one out of 1/4 inch flat stock, either bending the sides in a press brake, or just welding the uprights to the base. i would drill one hole on each side for the key-lockable replacement mounting knobs i see online. i would use another piece of 1/4 inch flat as a backing plate under the fiberglass and mount it with round head carraige bolts down through the top side of the bracket.Tightening the nuts underneath, (accessed by removing the group of rocker switches right below). would be slow and tedious, with my right angled power socket wrench, but i would only have to do it once.

does anyone know if such a bracket is available off the shelf? My TIG skills are a bit rusty, so i would probably stay away from fabricating aluminum or stainless. Any other mounting suggestions or ideas (other than "take it with you when you leave the boat") would be appreciated.
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Old 03-10-2013, 16:34   #2
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Any metal workers here?
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:00   #3
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Re: Securing electronics with DIY secure bail mounts

You might be able to mod with hand tools the sort of aluminum brackets that support small monitors, like the kind made for bank tellers and so on.
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Re: Securing electronics with DIY secure bail mounts

joe...

google is your friend.

best advice is goto your local vocational HS. they love doing stuff like this.

any machine shop will do it and it wont cost too much either.

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Re: Securing electronics with DIY secure bail mounts

A suitable mount could be fabricated out of aluminum bar using hand tools and a bench vise. A small metal shop could probably bend or fabricate something neater for maybe $20.

How about a custom "wedge" housing and cut a hole in the dash so that the display is half-in and angled to face you?
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A suitable mount could be fabricated out of aluminum bar using hand tools and a bench vise. A small metal shop could probably bend or fabricate something neater for maybe $20.

How about a custom "wedge" housing and cut a hole in the dash so that the display is half-in and angled to face you?
That would work great if I had only one perspective to observe it from, but I use it sitting down, as well as standing up. With the bail mount I just have to rotate it a bit wham I switch positions.
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