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Old 25-01-2010, 23:58   #1
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NavPod Alternatives ?

Are there any less bulbous instrument pods on the market ? While we've had one NavPod and it was very well constructed a trimmer and less "inflated" look would go better with our boat's lines.

Just want to know before we shell out another wad of cash.

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Old 26-01-2010, 05:33   #2
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Not that I've seen...IMHO they are horrible looking things and in most cases way deeper than most modern instruments require.
Before I built my helm I looked far and wide and was disappointed at what was available...like so many other "one size fits all" boat crap on the market.
I ended up building my helm to incorporate what I wanted.
Its still bulkier than I would have wanted but that’s what I’ve got.
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Old 26-01-2010, 08:00   #3
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Nice work !

Did you mold it out of FG or ... ?

I agree with you about the horrible look, at least for the ones that will hold a chartplotter. They look like they OD'd on McDonald's junk food.

I like how you put the compass over the instruments. Not sure that would work with our 6-spoke wheel but it would certainly address the too-high problem we're faced with.


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Old 26-01-2010, 10:13   #4
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I made a mold for the first bit...the center ....then modified it further with the wings..they were made from thin glass skin I made in advance and then cut and fit to the center then glassed the hell out of it……… then a full day of fairing.

Getting my compass low enough was also a challenge.

The whole thing cants to the sides as well so getting the wheel at the right height and dia. so it would clear the seats was also a bit of a challenge

There was more to building it than I expected....pretty much like everything I jump into with out much fore thought!
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