I am going to be purchasing
GPSMap740 for integration into my current
NMEA2000 setup. Right now, I have the GMI10 instrument display in the cockpit
, networked to the GPS antenna
and the depthsounder.
I've resolved to upgrade from my current
to a proper chartplotter
with a reasonably-sized display now that the prices have come down sub-second-mortgage.
My intention is to mount the chartplotter
near the chart table down below - I've seen so many friends go into "video game
mode" when the plotter is visible from the helm
... many seem to just get sucked into the screen
, losing situational awareness and sacrificing seamanship in the process. However, I am willing to be corrected... as always. Either way, there's no room on the cabin
sides, so there's no way to mount it within the cockpit
However, I have seen swing-arm mounts mounted inside the cabin
, which allow the plotter to swing into the companionway
I'm really struggling with this one - I'm in the process of redesigning/rebuilding my chart table anyway, so now's the time to make any structural changes I'll need if I want to mount it there.
Any set-ups out there that you're really pleased with (or hate)? Creative ideas? Clever tricks? Pictures would be fantastic, as it's often tricky to picture some of the more complex set-ups.