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Old 28-04-2024, 16:23   #1
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Instrument placement in cockpit, why look down?

Got a question about instrument placement.

I've noticed most boats, maybe all, I've seen at marinas and all the few boats I've sailed have the instruments or chart plotter with the instruments right close to the wheel or wheels. Typically you have to look vertically down at them.

It seems to me it would make more sense to have a few key instruments like speed, wind speed, heading, the wind angle vs boat heading, on the cockpit walls left and right of the companion way so a quick glance barely takes your eyes off looking forward. Seems a lot more comfortable.

Kind of like racing sailboats do.

Question is why is this uncommon? What's the disadvantage, or, why have you never setup your boat like this?
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Re: Instrument placement in cockpit, why look down?

I see instruments forward in the cockpit fairly often. It's fine for displays, but not great for things like a chartplotter that you may want to interact with. I'd rather have the plotter where I can reach it for easy use.
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It seems to me it would make more sense to have a few key instruments like speed, wind speed, heading, the wind angle vs boat heading, on the cockpit walls left and right of the companion way so a quick glance barely takes your eyes off looking forward. Seems a lot more comfortable.
If you sail with any crew they are likely to be sitting right in front of those displays, blocking your view of them.

Slightly better is above the companionway... but that is difficult to reach to push buttons, etc.

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Re: Instrument placement in cockpit, why look down?

I installed (paid professional marine electronics guys) a second Triton2 on the coach roof. The characters are large enough to read from the helms and crew can check data without coming back to the helms. Works great.
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