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Old 16 March 2004, 15:58   #1
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console layout

This is a layout of a friends new avon and was going to change a couple of items
Was going for a compass infront of the wheel with optimax dials where they are.
plastimo fish finder next to the opti dials
plastimo vhf above the grab rail
plastimo gps a bit nearer the wheel more central
switch panel where the fishfinder is on this one

What do you think?
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Old 16 March 2004, 16:08   #2
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I'd certainly move the VHF up but think I'd leave the compass central.
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It would be between the wheel and the opti dials on the flat so can see it easily
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Would it be clear to see with the wheel infront?
It really is personal taste, but I prefer navigation equipment clearly visible so errors are minimised.
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Agree with Ian,

http://gallery.ribseadrive.co.uk/cru..._0614_130014AA

I prefer the nav stuff right up front - the compass right in the middle (amazingly doesn't get too affected by the things surrounding). I have the chart plotter on the top left which is easy to read when bombing along, and also the tough one for me was where to put the icom dsc unit. I nearly put the dsc at the bottom, but then figured that if I received a message whilst travelling, looking down and trying to read would be a nightmare, so it went above the vhf. In either case, working with that tiny area was a nightmare - looks like you have plenty of space on that console Steve.

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Big bits of kit Alex but a nice layout
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I like having the compass straight in front.

I would leave the area to the left of the steering wheel (where the fish-finder is in the photo?) completely clear so that when you've got cheesed off with the side-mount throttle you can fit a top-mount one.

If you fit the VHF above the grab-rail, then make sure you leave plenty of "knuckle-room" above the rail.
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Given the bits that I'm having fitted where would you put what???

Have to make my mind up for the morning
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The only thing I'd change from your spec (in your first post) is the posistion of the switch panel. I'd consider putting it on the flat bit cos it won't obstruct anything or on the raised part above where the VHF's going. What switches have you got? Lights? ...anything else?
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Steve,

As it's my boat, I suppose I had better post my first reply on the forum!! I sat on the helm jockey last night and the plotter is fine on the left of the console. however, do check that your vhf is flush-mountable (a mistake that I made) although the current mount sits quite nicely between the two jockeys and suprisingly doesn't get knocked. The plotter needs to be mounted on the bracket as it wouldn't fit in any of the available flat areas on the console front panels.

hope this helps, should be taking her out at the weekend.

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