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Old 10-14-2017, 01:49 PM   #1
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A very sharp iPad flush mount

I've been researching nav lately and plan to us Navionics on an iPad or two (in addition to the existing radar & depth sounder)

I also hope to modernize the navigation and helm at some point (I'm not a fan of the various 80's and 90's boxes bolted all over the helm today.

Note: this all assumes the boat we're under agreement on closes but almost all of the 80's trawlers we've look at have similar helms with lots of bolted on electronics.

In any case in searching for a sleek, flush mount system for a modern helm installation I came across this aircraft mount from Guardian Avionics:

Pretty sleek and I like that you can remove the iPad very easily.

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Old 10-14-2017, 03:58 PM   #2
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That looks great and much better than the "mounts" for ipads and tablets commonly available. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:18 PM   #3
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How do you shut it off? Camera can keep an eye on what is happening behind the panel!
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing. We also rigged a general clamp mount from harbor freight. It worked great for the price. We use the feature within the Navionics app that prevents the screen from turning off while tracking (Settings, Screen On) .
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Old 10-20-2017, 01:21 AM   #5
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This is our modernized 1972 helm.

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Old 10-20-2017, 02:55 AM   #6
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Great as that install looks - is there any decrease in GPS signal reception caused by having the ipad 'in' the wood of the cabinet/dash?
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Old 10-20-2017, 07:13 AM   #7
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Good question re: gps reception
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The in dash plotter has an external antenna, the one on the dash is internal and the iPad can be connected via Bluetooth. All (2 chart plotters, Radio, AIS, wind instrument) but the iPad are connected via N2K.
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I've been researching nav lately and plan to us Navionics on an iPad or two (in addition to the existing radar & depth sounder)

I also hope to modernize the navigation and helm at some point (I'm not a fan of the various 80's and 90's boxes bolted all over the helm today.

Note: this all assumes the boat we're under agreement on closes but almost all of the 80's trawlers we've look at have similar helms with lots of bolted on electronics.

In any case in searching for a sleek, flush mount system for a modern helm installation I came across this aircraft mount from Guardian Avionics:

Pretty sleek and I like that you can remove the iPad very easily.



I like it, thanks.
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Old 10-20-2017, 10:26 AM   #10
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Unless you get an iPad with cellular, you won't get a GPS internal to the iPad. A metal plate might affect the GPS but wood or plastic won't change the signal strength.

Most ipad users would use an external GPS with probably higher accuracy than the built in one even though mine have been pretty accurate.

I was surprised to see the open soldered wires on the back of the DB-9 connector, with no shell protecting them from shorts and a strain relief.
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I use an ipad every day, for hours. Work, fun...

You NEED access to the buttons, that fluch mount, while looking nice does not do that, rendering it pretty worthless in my opinion
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Which DB-9 connector?
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the DB-9 connector for power to the USB power supply, on the back of the mount, in the video..
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I use an ipad every day, for hours. Work, fun...

You NEED access to the buttons, that fluch mount, while looking nice does not do that, rendering it pretty worthless in my opinion
Not sure if I use any side buttons for navigation purposes? Side buttons are for on \ off and volume. Am I missing something?
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I use an ipad every day, for hours. Work, fun...

You NEED access to the buttons, that fluch mount, while looking nice does not do that, rendering it pretty worthless in my opinion

The Ipad appears to be mounted up side down with the home button on the left. If so, the power switch is located on the right bottom corner unseen but should be accessible.

I like the mounting! I can get another back for my 9+" Ipad Pro from E bay for about $20, glue or screw it to a support and stick my Ipad into it. Next season, I might consider this mounting for my Ipad someplace on our boat for navigation.
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Unless you get an iPad with cellular, you won't get a GPS internal to the iPad. A metal plate might affect the GPS but wood or plastic won't change the signal strength ----
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Nice!
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A few years back my wife bought be a kind of decorative iPad charging stand that lets you cycle pictures. It was pretty neat and worked well. When we bought the boat I was looking for the same thing you are doing now so I could run my navionics alongside my Garmin. I found out that for about $100 I could buy a LaunchPort wall mount. Works great with navionics and am in process of installing an engine room camera to call up on it as well.

Hope this helps.
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CapRob who makes your mount?
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