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Old 26 January 2014, 13:51   #11
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Well after reading the advice here (thanks very much everyone, it really makes it a lot easier with all the help from fellow rib netters) and spending an afternoon in the workshop this is where we are so far, and all the tat I've got to mount.

It's a bit quick and dirty but I'm just aiming for functional for now to get some use from the boat.

As suggested radio plate is fairly thin and flexible so it won't split. I've used a thick plate on top on purpose so that I can screw things to that without putting even more holes in the console, but again it's not Perspex so won't crack.

I will possibly look at a new console and some different seating in the future but I do like the fact that this console is small which gives lots of deck space as it will mostly be used for diving, towing the kids on a ring and pottering at the moment. That said I do want to come on some of the rib net rallies so will probably need more seats at some point.

I do need to have a word with Nugent as I'd like a screen and handle round it and reading on here he's the man for that.

As always comments welcome/appreciated.
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Old 01 February 2014, 06:29   #12
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Well the rewire continues and we've managed to get some of the unpleasant bits done like all the cables run under the deck but as usual I've got another question. Has anyone had problems mounting a compass too close to the plotter?

The manual for the plotter says no closer than 1-2 feet from the compass but I've only got 1-2 inches of space on the top of the console!

Do you think it would be ok or should I remove the compass and rely on the fact that I have a hand held compass, one on the phone, 2 plotters etc?
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Old 01 February 2014, 06:35   #13
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Personally the Line of sight Compass is the Mainstay and would be the LAST thing I'd take off
As to following a bearing/course on a hand held in any weather...forget it!
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Old 01 February 2014, 11:29   #14
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have a word with Nugent, he's from you neck of the woods, I'm sure he could come up with a cost effective repair for you, and some advice on your wiring before you make a start
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Old 02 February 2014, 12:06   #15
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rely on the fact that I have a hand held compass, one on the phone, 2 plotters etc?
You are a diver, wear a Suunto SK7 in a bungee mount on your left wrist. Well that is what I do anyhow.

To test the compass for function, unplug the GPS take a heading on the compass, then plug the GPS back in and turn it on. Does the compass move? If so it is too close. If it doesn't move, or so little you can barely notice then you are good to go.
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Well the rewire continues and we've managed to get some of the unpleasant bits done like all the cables run under the deck but as usual I've got another question. Has anyone had problems mounting a compass too close to the plotter?

The manual for the plotter says no closer than 1-2 feet from the compass but I've only got 1-2 inches of space on the top of the console!

Do you think it would be ok or should I remove the compass and rely on the fact that I have a hand held compass, one on the phone, 2 plotters etc?
This may help

All as discussed yesterday. Most likely pop in Friday noon and move things to fit if that's ok
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Well the rewire continues and we've managed to get some of the unpleasant bits done like all the cables run under the deck but as usual I've got another question. Has anyone had problems mounting a compass too close to the plotter?

The manual for the plotter says no closer than 1-2 feet from the compass but I've only got 1-2 inches of space on the top of the console!

Do you think it would be ok or should I remove the compass and rely on the fact that I have a hand held compass, one on the phone, 2 plotters etc?

You need to get the electronics well away from that compass. Switch them on & you will see how much deviation is caused by electronic gismos!
We had to raise the plotter up on a small frame to enable the compass to work properly!
Or maybe you could drop the compass to a lower position?
As you know electronic stuff does go wrong sometimes so the compass will get you back to safety.
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You need to get the electronics well away from that compass. Switch them on & you will see how much deviation is caused by electronic gismos!
We had to raise the plotter up on a small frame to enable the compass to work properly!
Or maybe you could drop the compass to a lower position?
As you know electronic stuff does go wrong sometimes so the compass will get you back to safety.
Have fun-John
I was there yesterday. And compass was playing up. Convinced rob to move it lower down
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Hi Nugent ~ I have a bad dose of the Swiss chees syndrome on the avon searider I am restoring. Liked your reply and wondered if you caul advise where to get the 2 mm alloy and acrylic for a new screen. Cheers Scotty
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