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Whalerdog posted 08-13-2007 08:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for Whalerdog   Send Email to Whalerdog  
Pros and Cons of flush dash mount vs. bracket mounts? Brackets hold up to rough water running? Resale and patching later? Thanks for you input!
jimh posted 08-14-2007 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
On the question of flush mounting of marine electronics versus mounting them on a bracket, one consideration might be your climate. Many electronic devices now have displays which cannot tolerate extreme heat or extreme cold. If the device is flush mounted it will likely not be removed very easily or very often, and when the boat is in storage the devices will be left aboard.

If you live in either a very hot region or a very cold region, during the summer or winter the temperature range may exceed the operating temperature range of the devices. Boaters in northern Minnesota, for example, might routinely have winter temperatures which are lower than those permitted by the liquid crystal display devices on some electronics. Or boaters in tropical regions who store their boats outside in direct sunlight may experience high temperatures which exceed the range of some electronics.

For example, a typical (and very expensive) color chart plotter specifies the storage temperature range to be -4°F to +158°F. A long cold spell in a harsh winter might get below this range, or a long day in the sun in the tropics might get above it.

highanddry posted 08-14-2007 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
I prefer flush but my boat had a large flat panel area for just that reason. I remove them for winter storage, no big deal.
Whalerdog posted 08-14-2007 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdog  Send Email to Whalerdog     
I am on Long Island. Thanks for the advice.
where2 posted 08-14-2007 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
An alternative to mounting directly to the dash is to mount the electronics to a piece of King Starboard which is mounted to the dash at its 4 corners. Then you have 4 common holes to use for years to come, and you can get a replacement piece of starboard to mount your new electronics to for a reasonably inexpensive cost.

In all actuality, you will need to drill a serious hole in the dash to run the power leads up through...

Brackets hold up fine... Displays in temperature extremes do not...

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