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adventureagent
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Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by adventureagent » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:45 am

I've looked in the Almanac, to no avail.

On deck, my gps is too far away. It also is perilously close to my paddle swing zone, making for irritating strikes as it rolls. Under a bungee, it seems to be too far away.

On my spray deck, it flops around, making usage a hands-on thing. It is more readable there, though, when it isn't wandering from port to starboard.

What do you use to secure your gps unit to a useful position? .

Have you found a method of bungee attachment,
a neoprene pocket,
a suction mount,
a custom fabricated foam bracket,
or attach it to your pfd?
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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by pathbrae » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:11 pm

Garmin do a suction mount for their GPSs, which might be what you are looking for (or a mobile phone suction mount adapted to fit might work) - but why do you want it constantly in view? I just stick mine in a pocket and get it out if I need it
So much sea - so little time to see it.

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Post by sleepyfolk » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:14 pm

These folks do a bewildering array of mounts, if you're not averse to fixing the little ball through the deck you can then spur off with single or double mounts and most importantly they do an excellent coffee cup holder!

https://www.ram-mount.co.uk/?gclid=EAIa ... gK9b_D_BwE

You can start with the ball https://www.ram-mount.co.uk/components- ... 8_285.html and then add an arm etc

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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by adventureagent » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:39 am

Pathbrae:
I'm new to GPSing, so I'm constantly gawking at it, punching, poking, etc. Maybe this will fade as I gain experience. I hope not. I love bouncing in waves, holding a paddle, punching buttons with one hand while holding the GPS in the other hand.
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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by adventureagent » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:42 am

Sleepyfolk:
Indeed, I am looking for methods that don't make holes, have large protrusions that may get / do damage when I roll the boat upside down on shore, or during some sort of rescue.
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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by adventureagent » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:44 am

Thanks for the response, folks. You never know what you can do until you brainstorm. So, any more ideas out there?
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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by TechnoEngineer » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:22 am

I have mine mounted on a hammerite-painted aluminium plate, with a block of closed cell foam shrouding it to protect it from paddles and unintended upside-down shingle landings:

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https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5iylrpcx3vx2 ... G_0401.JPG

Note there is a thin piece of self-adhesive CC foam on the underside of the plate to protect the deck.
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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by sleepyfolk » Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:21 pm

I reckon if you've got a neoprene deck the best bet is to take your spraydeck to a wetsuit repairer and get them to sew on a custom pocket with a little d ring inside to clip it to, that's my vote

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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by pathbrae » Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:55 pm

adventureagent wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:39 am
I love bouncing in waves, holding a paddle, punching buttons with one hand while holding the GPS in the other hand.


Sounds like fun right enough (probably why I just keep mine in my pocket most of the time)

:-)
So much sea - so little time to see it.

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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by adventureagent » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:47 pm

Technoengineer:

I'm not seeing how the gps unit fits in there. Doesn't it affect the compass?

I see a bit of old duct tape there. I bought some Gorilla brand duct tape and applied it to the underside of my 'yak. In more than 2 years, it looks new. Just saying it seems better than regular duct tape.
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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by adventureagent » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:49 pm

Sleepyfolk:
Good idea, will keep it in mind.
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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by Kevin Cooper » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:06 pm

Sounds like a challenge for Steve Whetman, he's constantly devising new takes on sea kayak kit!

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Post by TechnoEngineer » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:26 am

adventureagent wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:47 pm
I'm not seeing how the gps unit fits in there. Doesn't it affect the compass?
It's screwed to the plate from underneath. The foam is also secured by some string that goes through a couple of holes in the plate.
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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by Jim » Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:22 pm

I use a Rockpool spraydeck which has a couple of D-rings each side which I have run some bungees through (in the typical foredeck criss cross style), holds my GPS where I need it. Some other manufacturers make sea kayak spray decks like this - the D-rings are intended to attach your map case to.

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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by adventureagent » Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:31 pm

Jim:
That's more akin to what I'm looking for, I guess. I think I'll have to get a hand needle and thread. Still considering a pocket of some sort, but "D" rings are simpler, and prob'ly more likely to retain the gps than a pocket.

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Post by TechnoEngineer » Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:07 am

Forgot to mention - aluminium is non-ferrous, so doesn't affect the compass.

Stainless Steel on the other hand, would.
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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by nickcrowhurst » Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:26 pm

TechnoEngineer wrote:
Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:07 am
Forgot to mention - aluminium is non-ferrous, so doesn't affect the compass.
Stainless Steel on the other hand, would.
I use A4 316 stainless because it is super-austenitic, and hence has never affected my compasses.

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Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Post by Kevin Cooper » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:08 am

Use engineering plastics in place of metals, no issues with compass or corrosion. Can be shaped easily and machined. I sell these plastics and laminates so can offer advice or samples.

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