|Note the chart plotter pretty much blocking the forward view.|
The point is: many, many people turn the steering pedestal into a gadget collector and we're not fans of this. There is logic for why people do this; the pedestal is right by the helmsperson, aka, the driver. By piling all the gadgets and their gauges on said pedestal, the "driver" can easily adjust and tinker with the autopilot, chartplotter, stereo, flux capacitor and whatever else they decide to mount up there. I guess it makes sense, but it doesn't mean that we like it. One of the very first things Scott and I whispered to one another when we boarded Asante was "we're moving that chartplotter!" (what can I say? We think alike). You may or may not be able to tell from the above picture, but that sucker is huge. 15 x 12 inches huge. We like a clear view ahead. Many boating accidents actually occur because people are staring at their chartplotters and not at the water around them. We did not like the placement of our chart plotter one bit.
So... we removed and remounted it.
|Here you can see the hole we cut, the flush mounted chartplotter, and the cabinetry behind it (in the galley)|
*Boats with tillers do not have this problem.