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Old 19 July 2008, 12:01   #1
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flush or surface mount

got a new plotter and cant make up my mind if i should flush fit in dash or surface mount on bracket!

Flush certainly looks better but then it really has to stay with the boat.... not so good for selling or if the boat left for long periods of time.

surface mount has better viewing angle for my console but really its gotta go with ya everywhere.... including the pub

anyone else faced this dillema
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Old 19 July 2008, 13:46   #2
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Faced this very problem last week. In the end I decided to flush mount. It looks better as you say. The viewing angle on the plotter I fitted is pretty good from most angles, and I can see the screen clearly from the helm position. I don't like the idea of having cables coming out of the console - either water manages to get inside the console, or the plug on the end of the cable dies from being exposed to water (or both).
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got a new plotter and cant make up my mind if i should flush fit in dash or surface mount on bracket!
Another vote for flush from me.
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Flush for me too as I saw the results of a surface mount chartplotter and a depth gauge after someone got pushed into them at high speed, their hand wasn't a pretty sight either.
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Flush for me too .. as long as your angle of view is good in all conditions, ie bright sunlight
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flush it is then... ill check the viewing angle 1st though.


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What sort of plotter is it?
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If it's the Navman 8120, I'd be careful mounting it. I have one of these and find it pretty poor viewing 'off-axis' or in sunlight. And the matt screen finish smears badly which makes viewing even harder in the sun. Bit disappointing really, but in other respects it's a very neat bit of kit.
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If it's the Navman 8120, I'd be careful mounting it. I have one of these and find it pretty poor viewing 'off-axis' or in sunlight. And the matt screen finish smears badly which makes viewing even harder in the sun. Bit disappointing really, but in other respects it's a very neat bit of kit.
thanks ill consider that! just the one tick in the box for surface mount then
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