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S&S Swan General - Position of the multifunction display in the cockpit
07 November 2015 - 17:04
Join Date: 18 February 2011
Posts: 20

Position of the multifunction display in the cockpit
Dear friends shipowners
I am renewing the electronics of my Swan, and I have a problem. Where to place the plotter multifunction cockpit near the steering column. I would like some suggestions, you where and how you have placed in your cockpit instruments?
I have to place a 7 "display near the helm, in the front.

08 November 2015 - 19:53
Join Date: 23 October 2011
Posts: 154

Hi, I think it might help much if you can send a picture of the arch on top of your wheel pedestal. My opinion is that the best and easiest solution would be a bracket mounted in such a way that you can swivel the instrument right and left, up and down, so that you have always the best visibility, sitting or standing, at port or starboard. In case, I will show you my bracket in s/s, made to measure and very unexpensive, regards,
Matteo Grampus 47/016

09 November 2015 - 08:50
Join Date: 06 January 2012
Posts: 67

Hi, here's my solution at CAID (431-12). The MFD's 12" latest B&G.


09 November 2015 - 15:38
Join Date: 16 February 2007
Posts: 199

Hello GG...

Here is the solution accepted on Farouche. Please see two attached pics.


Cockpit view

General view

09 November 2015 - 20:50
Join Date: 22 June 2015
Posts: 3

Hello IHe,

Did you made a housing for the plotter by yourself? It looks very nice.



10 November 2015 - 08:05
Join Date: 06 January 2012
Posts: 67

Hello Henri,

Nope. It was made by a sailing friend of mine in his small business. I really think he got the skills to produce end products in Nautor level of quality and nothing has been impossible to produce. A rare friend then!

I gave him the MFD for measurements and some drawings from the rudder arrangements and this is the result. If I remember right the cost of the stainless steel cradle was around 1ke and the SS box for the plotter 0,7ke. They were made at different times during the years I've had CAID.

11 November 2015 - 00:55
Join Date: 16 May 2009
Posts: 252

I had a new fwd steering bearing holder machined out of aluminum - the change was to extend a rectangular tab vertically upward a couple of inches, with 4 tapped holes, to allow mounting of a Navslide quick mount. This provides perfect look at the helm, then the display can be rotated )and locked down) for viewing from either cockpit's sweet - compact, no big new parts. Display is Furuno can see it all in this shot, if you zoom in -
One way to consider, anyway. Best of Luck,
Geoff, Corazon, 411 #41

22 November 2015 - 12:52
Join Date: 31 January 2007
Posts: 52

Dear friends,

on Infant we constructed an arch on the hand grip at the steering pedestal. On top of the arch we installed the display using a ball joint to allow the display to be turned horizontally 270 degrees, and tilted up and down. Furthermore, the new arch provides a comfortable hand grip. The cables are lead within the tubes, and inside the pedestal we installed an aluminum tube to protect the cables on their way down. Pls see attached pictures.

Jyrki, Infant 38/014

22 November 2015 - 15:02
Join Date: 01 February 2007
Posts: 234

Have you considered having your main screen down below and having a tablet on deck linked through wifi. Much cheaper!
John B
Swan 411 010

22 November 2015 - 15:06
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 1033

Dear John,

I have this configuration onboard Vanessa, and the only problem is that it is quite difficult to see in direct sun light. Except this detail (!) it is an excellent configuration

Fair winds

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)

17 January 2016 - 11:56
Join Date: 18 February 2011
Posts: 20

After thinking a bit ' of time for a solution , I started work rate , what is not definitive , but I can still assess changes . I think it will lower the vertical frame of a few centimeters . To post a picture of what I'm doing . We accept suggestions .
ggalizia Cial II 41/004

17 January 2016 - 11:58
Join Date: 18 February 2011
Posts: 20

I put two more photos

18 January 2016 - 20:29
Join Date: 19 July 2007
Posts: 66

Hi ggaliza.

Please remember that the frame will not only need to support the display, but also it will be used as a hand hold, by the crew.It will need to be braced to resist these loads.
As john has noted above keeping the display down below in the chart table area is I believe the best option. All the information the helmsman needs can be displayed on the cockpit instruments.
One thing that no one has mentioned is the recommended safe compass distance of these instruments. Many new production boats seem to disregard these recommendations. as Nautor chose to fit excellent compasses and engineer a steering system to minimize compass deviations, I think it is worth considering.


Hierro 411, 042

19 January 2016 - 23:21
Join Date: 12 November 2011
Posts: 14

A few pictures of how I have solved it

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