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Old 12-29-2012, 11:50 AM   #1
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Chartplotter my way!

Thought I would post my version of my back up chart plotter. That is my netbook running Polar View displayed on my fold down 36" Vizio.

Acer Aspire One netbook $240
BU-353 USB GPS $35
Polar View $40
Vizio 36 Web-enabled LED 1080i TV $400

36" HD web-enabled chartplotter with up to the minute free updated USCG raster and vector charts I guess $20,000
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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Now you're just showing off

Nicely done
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:04 PM   #3
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:09 PM   #4
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Now everyone in the cabin can see when you are off course!

Beautiful and economical solution.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:10 PM   #5
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Are those the wires running up the port pillar post?
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Nice job. I'd be lost without an MFD.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:31 PM   #7
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Nice idea having the screen fold up when not in use, just think it would block the view somewhat while down from those inside. Then how about traveling at night, can you dim the screen for night-vision?
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:28 PM   #8
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Wires are all internal not exposed and yes you can set it on night mode. One of the reasons I chose the Vizio was the 2 1/4" depth. You really don't notice it when folded. Watching my Wolfpack play right now as I approach Norfolk
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:02 AM   #9
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Looks like a head knocker if someone needs to use the companionway , underway.
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Looks like a head knocker if someone needs to use the companionway , underway.
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Not so 6'-1" clearance. Headroom in the salon is 6'-10".
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:15 AM   #11
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Daddyo, we use our center window for viewing the water when traveling, a lot in fact. Your setup looks great for TV viewing when at the dock though. We have 3 mounted screens on the "dash" that can be easily seen over with no lost vision when looking forward.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:23 AM   #12
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Can you send a pic of your setup? Why three screens?
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:48 AM   #13
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how did you hang the screen? Is that a 12v Vizio or are you using an invertor?
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Inverter 3100W modified sinewave Magnum feeds the whole boat. There are four screw holes in the TV for attaching to a wall mount. These are through bolted to the cabinet itself. The cabinet then hangs on a full length piano hinge with dogs to hold it closed in the up position. I have a 1/4"x1" aluminum strap that holds it in the open position in any seas if desired.
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Lower helm large screens
  1. Furuno MFD NN3 mounted in front of gearshifts
  2. Nobeltec via Dell 15" mounted on port side for mate to watch
  3. Repeater to #2 mounted on Dell 15" in front of throttles
AIS on all screens with NMEA 2000 data on NN3. I'll dig up a photo and send to you
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Nice Setup!!
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:35 PM   #17
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Very nice setup, Daddyo. I did something similar, but smaller. I have the 11" Aspire One Netbook, BU-353 GPS puck, OpenCPN (I also have Offshore Navigator Light from Maptech and Navionics), and can feed the display via cable to our 12V HDTV in the aft stbd corner of the salon. My boat does not have the room or a layout that favors mounting a TV forward. It might be able to accommodate a smaller 19" TV mounted on the forward console, but it would present a permanent obstruction to forward port sight lines.

I have not permanently run the cables but plan to work on that soon. I also have 2 12V video cameras that I used to use for home security. I plan to mount them in the engine room to keep a watchful eye on the engines. I have a 4-channel source selector switch that I plan to mount on the overhead panel to control TV input source to allow me to switch between camera 1 or 2 or Chartplotter.
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That's a real nice setup, Daddyo.

It wouldn't work on our boat because the helm station is almost centered so foward vision would be blocked.

But we have a "poor man's version" thanks to a previous owner who designed and built, or had built, a very clever drop-down mount for the radar display. We replaced the radar that came with the boat (Raytheon 2600) with a Furuno NN2 which has a great plotter system as well as the radar.

We don't like computer/laptop-based nav systems so won't have one on a boat, although we do use Navimatics on our iPad now as a substitute for the paper charts we use at the helm for a fast "big picture" reference. We can zoom in and out and pan with a finger swipe or two and since we have a wifi/3G iPad it has a self-contained GPS so needs no connectivity to track our position on the charts.

But I'm a big believer in the bigger a screen the better so in that aspect I really like your setup. We would have gone with the 10" NavNet but it was just a wee bit too big to fit on our retractable mount.

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Old 12-30-2012, 02:27 PM   #19
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Good day Marin, Do you find the flybridge feed tube annoying being right in the center of your helm wheel? I looked at a converted Lobster Trawler before I purchased mine and it had a similar wiring channel and I decided against the purchase.
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:28 PM   #20
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I like it, your's looks OEM. I wanted to go flush but I had enough headroom that the logistics of the flush mount weren't warranted. One of the nice things is the plotter can be seen anywhere in the boat. The setup was originally primarily for movie night etc. but this was always going to be it's future double purpose. When I use the wireless keyboard and mouse it becomes my primary computer monitor a well.
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