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Old 19 December 2009, 06:37   #11
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Thanks all. Seems the general consensus is to go with the fishfinder - so long as there's enough space on the console.
For 70 quid I think most consoles would have room for on of these...
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Old 19 December 2009, 07:30   #12
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Old 21 December 2009, 04:47   #13
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For 70 quid I think most consoles would have room for on of these...
The important word here is "most".......


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Easy!
Not so if you already have a flush mount compass up there, VHF strapped to the side, remotes on the other side, tacho down by my kneecaps......
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Not so if you already have a flush mount compass up there, VHF strapped to the side, remotes on the other side, tacho down by my kneecaps......
I have a flush mount compass mounted in front of the sounder, you can see it in the photo.
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The main reason I don't like surface mount is that one mishandled rope at a marina from someone berthing alongside you & the whole lot gets ripped off. Also having watched people bounce form rib to rib to get from pontoon to their boat, that fishfinder would make a really tempting hand hold to someone......

Yes, I got naff all space, but that's more through choice than lack of creativity. I also can't be @rsed spending 10 mins disassembling / rebuilding my console every time I leave the boat, so I really want flush mount kit.

Having put plotter purchase on hold 'til lI rebuilt the engine (I don't need a plotter to tell me I'm sat in my garage!) I have the interesting twist that anything I;,m likely to buy will be NMEA2000 capable. One NMEA sounder unit later, & I solve the space problem completely!
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This is what I built several years ago and the whole lot was removable with quick connectors on the back.

Perhaps you could do something similar?
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Yes, I got naff all space, but that's more through choice than lack of creativity. I also can't be @rsed spending 10 mins disassembling / rebuilding my console every time I leave the boat, so I really want flush mount kit.
I have a fully inclusive chartplotter from Garmin and it fits and comes off in seconds not 10 minutes. When it goes it will be replaced by a colour version of the same.

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PS searider consols have very little space on top too.
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What is that big disk on the starboard side?
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Agreed, a combined surface mount unit will be removable in seconds, but thing is it still doesn't solve the "idiots with ropes in a marina" or "first / easiest thing you grab" problems.....
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Agreed, a combined surface mount unit will be removable in seconds, but thing is it still doesn't solve the "idiots with ropes in a marina" or "first / easiest thing you grab" problems.....
I've fitted mine into the console for the reason too.
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