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Old 11-27-2015, 07:13 PM   #1
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Laptop Mounting

Just bought a laptop for my bridge. I need a mount it. What would you all recommend? I am thinking a GPS antenna from Best Buy?
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Old 11-27-2015, 07:23 PM   #2
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Love their stuff:

https://www.rammount.com/device/laptop_mounts

You want something very adjustable to counteract sunlight direction.
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Old 11-27-2015, 07:24 PM   #3
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I have always just placed the laptop on a piece of non-skid if you have the room.

As far as a GPS, if you are running Coastal Explorer, I'd recommend you use the GPS sold by Rosepoint, the maker of Coastal Explorer. I've some issues with other GPS's like the Microsoft one.
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For my bridge iPad I started out with a Rammount arm with a Rammount suction base. The base sucked in that it did not suck enough (kept losing suction and would topple over due to weight of iPad). I replaced that base with a Seasucker mount. It strongly sucks (in the best sense). Should work okay with a laptop on a Rammount. Infinitely adjustable and removable.
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Ram mount and a GPS puck.
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At the beginning of the year I got a new laptop. Because I run a charting program, I bought a laptop that has a 18" (corner to corner diagonal) screen. This is quite a lot larger than the old one, so I had to consider redoing the mounting position. I eventually settled on placing the laptop exactly where the old one sat, on a rubber placemat stolen from the galley. It overhangs the companionway to the galley on one side and the chart table on the other, but it doesn't move in a seaway. The large screen is great. My old Garmin GPS 128 plugs into it through a serial to USB adapter and everything works well.
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If you have room,.... I simply have a non skid mat under mine, and it stays put even in rough weather. The issue/challenge is having sufficient flat surface to place it on.

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For my bridge iPad I started out with a Rammount arm with a Rammount suction base. The base sucked in that it did not suck enough (kept losing suction and would topple over due to weight of iPad). I replaced that base with a Seasucker mount. It strongly sucks (in the best sense). Should work okay with a laptop on a Rammount. Infinitely adjustable and removable.
Great tip, I was just about to buy a Ram mount for my IPAD with the suction fitting. Did the rest of the ram mount work with your Seasucker?
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Great tip, I was just about to buy a Ram mount for my IPAD with the suction fitting. Did the rest of the ram mount work with your Seasucker?
Yes, it did after I bought an adapter that goes from the bottom of the Rammount to the Seasucker. I think it was this: https://www.seasucker.com/shop/ram-b...ballplatestud/
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Thank you! That sea sucker look good!
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Good ideas. I am placing it where the old Ratheon Radar was. This area is a little slanted, so a piece of teak at the bottom and some Velcro sounds like the way to go.


I plan to use Active Captain for planning and transferring route to the MFDs.


I went to Best Buy looking for a GPS antenna with a USB. Nope they didn't have it. What would you all recommend?


Is the antenna the only thing I need (plug and play) or is there a special computer board that needs to be installed?
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just the usb antenna is all you need
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I went to Best Buy looking for a GPS antenna with a USB. Nope they didn't have it. What would you all recommend?

This one is well reviewed and inexpensive from Amazon but I have no personal experience. Good luck!

GlobalSat BU-353-S4 USB GPS Receiver (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008200LHW..._uNBxwb1TT8B56
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This one is well reviewed and inexpensive from Amazon but I have no personal experience. Good luck!

GlobalSat BU-353-S4 USB GPS Receiver (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008200LHW..._uNBxwb1TT8B56
Thanks. Just ordered one.
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This one is well reviewed and inexpensive from Amazon but I have no personal experience. Good luck!

GlobalSat BU-353-S4 USB GPS Receiver (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008200LHW..._uNBxwb1TT8B56

I used this puck for several years with Coastal Explorer on my last boat. Worked great!
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Have you taken the laptop up there on a sunny day? And moved the boat around a bit, or the orientation of the laptop to the sunshine, and relative to the helm position you will view it from? The value I found in having a RAM mount was the ability to adjust the screen based on conditions. In my case "the screen" was a 19" matte finish monitor (hooked to a Furuno Black Box system), which though only 300 nits worked great given the ability to adjust. I found my MacBooks virtually useless up there due to the glossy screens regardless of light conditions or angle.
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Have you taken the laptop up there on a sunny day? And moved the boat around a bit, or the orientation of the laptop to the sunshine, and relative to the helm position you will view it from? The value I found in having a RAM mount was the ability to adjust the screen based on conditions. In my case "the screen" was a 19" matte finish monitor (hooked to a Furuno Black Box system), which though only 300 nits worked great given the ability to adjust. I found my MacBooks virtually useless up there due to the glossy screens regardless of light conditions or angle.
Good point....
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