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Old 09-02-2009, 03:59 PM   #1
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Hi All,

True to the words of Seapuppy its time to B.O.A.T (break out another thousand) and this time it is on a GPS unit. I've looked at several and I prefer the ones with a wider screen. I recently came across this one http://www.boatersland.com/cpv350.html which is a Standard horizon CPV350. It looks like it would make a nice addition and I was thinking about mounting it where the current VHF is (see picture below). So the questions are, number 1, do you think I would be able to read the screen from there? I guess it all depends on the angle that its mounted? and for question number 2, could I mount the antenna right above and center of the instrument panel to the right of the compass?

What do you think guys? Would this be a good solution or should I go with something else and just mount that where I'm asking about the antenna for better viewing? Obviously, if I don’t use the present vhf location, it’s no good since I don’t anticipate needing two vhf's.

As always, thanks in advance.
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:18 PM   #2
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Definately not going to be useful, or be easily seen, way down there Cymru.

Having just installed a Garmin 541 on my 2400 SC3 I can tell you that having it mounted higher and closer to your line of sight is important. Easier to see, easier to reach the buttons.

I would mount it to the left and forward of the compass, to the right of the windshield support, in that little nook just behind the upper instrument panel if it will fit. It will be out of the way, easy to see and read, the unit's internal antenna will have a clear shot to the sats, all without messing up the clean lines of your instrument panel.

If you went to the right of the compass, forward of the upper intrument panel, I think it's going to be a long reach to the buttons and will be difficult to remove/install (since you probably don't want to leave it on the boat).

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Old 09-02-2009, 04:32 PM   #3
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I agree with ss3964spd. That is where mine is mounted. Although, technically, that spot is "AFT" of the compass, as there is no space between the compass and windshield "Forward" of the compass.
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:41 PM   #4
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LOL, thanks for the correction Shrew. That's what I get for typing too quickly.

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Old 09-02-2009, 05:34 PM   #5
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for the life of me....I can't figure out why anyone would put something like the gps or the vhf down at your knee....when I drive...most of the time I stand...only cuz it's hard to see the bow when seated or especially when docking..with the engine running..how can you hear the radio??...or when you want to check the gps or make adjustments to the gps...your going to have to stop or bend over...not good to do when your speeding along at 20mph on the water...

so....get a ram z mount and mount the thing similar to where I put my fish finder on my old boat...works great...easy to do...and it will hold the head where you can take it off when you put the boat away or you are docked someplace......

then get a speaker for that danged radio....can't hear that thing when it's near your knee either...plus that quarter sized speaker sucks....

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Old 09-02-2009, 06:12 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. I now consider myself educated on where to place the GPS. Now I'm going to open a can of worms and ask for recomendations. I'm based on a fairly small lake (Allatoona Lake) in Georgia so I wont be having to worry about getting into shipping lanes :wink: but I would like something with a fairly large color displat that's easy to use. All I would really want to do is set my home base and then wherever I am, hit the home button and off I go. also, since the lake levels change so rapidly on this particular lake, what good do you think it will be with regards to depth readings? Some of the coves there can be 7' one week and 3' the next depending on how much rain and how much water the Corp of Engineers releases.
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:11 PM   #7
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Take a look at the lowrance h5d...they have a 3d transducer you can hook up too it..it's both..fishfinder and gps...I have one and it's awesome...just flat out incredible....
it even spots a boat sitting on the bottom...I'd say ..go with something like this...basically a side scan sonar system tied to a gps....

http://www.lowrance.com/en/Products/Mar ... on-System/

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Thanks guys. I now consider myself educated on where to place the GPS. Now I'm going to open a can of worms and ask for recomendations. I'm based on a fairly small lake (Allatoona Lake) in Georgia so I wont be having to worry about getting into shipping lanes :wink: but I would like something with a fairly large color displat that's easy to use. All I would really want to do is set my home base and then wherever I am, hit the home button and off I go. also, since the lake levels change so rapidly on this particular lake, what good do you think it will be with regards to depth readings? Some of the coves there can be 7' one week and 3' the next depending on how much rain and how much water the Corp of Engineers releases.
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:25 PM   #8
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This the one you're talking about Seapup?

http://cgi.ebay.com/LOWRANCE-HDS-5-HDS5 ... 286.c0.m14
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yep..but I think I got mine for about 700 bucks...looks like a good price...

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Old 09-02-2009, 07:58 PM   #10
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I'll go ahead and purchase that then. it says it has a "Built-in base map including coastal shorelines, over 100,000 searchable lakes and water bodies, and highly accurate detailed shorelines and contours for over 4,000 lakes". Hopefully there's no catch to that.

Did yours come with a mounting kit?
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