Chart plotter/MFD and where to install it

  • April 18, 2022 10:10 AM
    Message # 12712752

    We have been using Navionics/Boating on a new iPad but had had problems with the program seizing up. We are thinking of installing radar as well as a multifunctional display. Any recommendations would be most welcome. Also, where do people usually install chart plotters so that they are clearly visible from the helm - an iPad or Toughbook loose in the cockpit does not seem ideal.

  • April 18, 2022 12:45 PM
    Reply # 12712907 on 12712752
    Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On Pygmalion, I used a metal arm to secure the chart plotter so it swings out into the companion way. 

    See the pic attached. 


    Jay Bietz

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  • April 18, 2022 3:40 PM
    Reply # 12713148 on 12712752

    Thanks, Jay. What do you do in bad weather when you want to leave the hatch closed?

  • April 19, 2022 8:42 PM
    Reply # 12715113 on 12712752
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I'm not out much in bad weather :) -- but when the hatch is closed - the plotter can be seen though some water may enter the cabin. 

    Maybe a separate set of boards could be made with a way to have the plotter outside and the hatch and boards in place.



  • April 21, 2022 9:59 AM
    Reply # 12717659 on 12712752

    Hi Jay,

    Where do I find the  articulating arm for the plotter?


  • April 21, 2022 11:28 AM
    Reply # 12717801 on 12712752

    Hello Vikram and Tommy,   My arrangement is nearly identical to Jays.   I bought my swingarm from West Marine MANY years ago.  In my case, I have swinging doors with large windows in my entry way.  I can easily see through the windows from the cockpit with the doors and hatch closed.  I have a radar display on the swingarm.  Not a chart plotter.    Good luck.     Dave

  • April 23, 2022 8:23 AM
    Reply # 12734785 on 12712752

    On Glorious I like the swing mount arm that enables me to view the display at my chart table position or swung out to view from the cockpit. I have a B&G Vulcan 12R MFD for radar and chart plotter functions. 

    I’m also going to do a rail mount for my iPad in the cockpit if I have to close the companionway hatch, if necessary. There are lots of choices with all kinds of price points for the rail mounts. Take your pick. Here is the one I got off of Amazon.

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