Hello, everyone. I have been considering something that I have to address soon, and realized that I have a problem that others may have as well.
The issue is that I have an older 27 foot sailboat with a engine
gauge panel that is located (currently) at my achilles tendon, and that it has some gauges missing or masked off. It also has MANY unconnected wire plugs dangling. I also want to use a depth
finder. I want to use some form of radar
one day, and I need to have better access to my VHF
and possibly an AIS
. I have a working VHF
(of older vintage) but may want to keep it where is (in cabin
over nav station) and install something in the cockpit
, or at least in a more useful location than over the nav station inside my old Hunter
So, given that I don't yet have a hard dodger
(and may never install one), and do not yet have a bimini
installed (though I DO have the bits and frames to install that one), what measures can I take to install these bits of electronics
in such a way that the monitors and signalling devices (such as the VHF mike) are within reach while I am sailing, but are not being absolutely destroyed by the sun and weather/saltwater spray/humidity?
Has anyone a photo
or several of ways they have seen to mount these items and do this in a 27 foot boat
with a tiller cockpit
area the size of the '78 H27 and her peers? I need some ideas, and would rather not have to keep redoing the varnish
on woodwork because the sun kept eating it (I am in Florida
, and the sun is incredibly destructive here) and repurchasing items because the elements ate them in these poorly protected areas.
Is there a better place to put these things, and if so, would that be at the Nav station but still be visible somehow to a tiller pilot in real time? I don't have an iPhone
, by the way, but I do have an Android, if that helps. I am also considering ways of having a chart at hand while at the tiller. Currently that is about impossible to do, as there is no place in the cockpit set aside for marking charts
, it all happens in the cabin
, at the Nav station. Am I doomed to having multiple people on board?
As a side note, I also have a Richey compass
that is mounted on the port bulkhead in the cockpit (the one shared with the cabin), and though it has a Sunbrella cover over the compass
, the fluid has turned dark, so I know I have to drain and refill, but is there a way to keep that from happening again? I assume it is similar to the protections for the other electronics
and devices listed above?