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    I was wondering if anyone is using an ipad on their boat and what kind of mount they are using. I have seen a few online, but I am looking for real life experiences. I am looking for something to mount in the cockpit of my boat, so I can see the display while on the deck drifting,trolling,etc.
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    I've been using an iPad on my boat as a chartploter for three years- I use a Ram mount that bolts one end to my dash and a suction cup on the other end, which I suction to the back of the Lifeproof box on my iPad. I don't suspend it in the air, but rest the bottom edge on a rubber non-slip mat strip. I also Velcro my Blurtooth GPS antenna on the Ram arm and installed a double 12v USB plug at the base to charge them both. I've been in some snotty stuff a few times and with the jet foot on the bottom of the boat she can pound pretty hard in a chop, but I haven't lost suction yet. Probably would make more sense if I had a picture- if I get a chance I'll see if I can find any.
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    I us my IPad as a back up to my main plotter just for the novelty and I have a Navionics Ap on it the works good. my IPad is in an Otter Box case. I use the ram mount that has the spring mount that goes around the Otter Box to hold the IPad. The other end is a suction cup to mount to the dash, or any smooth surface. The suction cup and the retention head hold very good. What I like about the suction cup end is you can move the mount to different areas or different vehicles. I uses the IPad and mount in my Polaris Ranger sometimes. The Ram mount suction cup holds better than I ever thought it would, but then Ram Mount systems are some of the best.
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    Are you guys using your Ipads for navigation? Wifi thru your GPS or what? I have a Garmin 740S but it isn't Wifi compatible but I use my Ipad to search other fishing spots since it's easier to navigate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob B View Post
    Are you guys using your Ipads for navigation? Wifi thru your GPS or what? I have a Garmin 740S but it isn't Wifi compatible but I use my Ipad to search other fishing spots since it's easier to navigate.
    I plan on using an iPad for a sonar display using WiFi from my 741xs.
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    Right on. Wish I could have that capability with the 740


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    Yes, I use mine for all my navigation. After I sold my last boat and picked up my Almar, I decided just to use the iPad instead of getting another chartploter. I use the Dual Bluetooth GPS antenna so I don't need any phone or internet service, and I really like the iSailor app for the plotter/charts. Extremely fast, very clear, and can dream and plan my next trip anywhere. I have the same programs on my iPhone so I always have a back-up with me just in case. My wife actually gave me another iPad recently, and plan on getting the Raymarine Bluetooth CHIRP down sonar a try this summer. Another nice thing with the iPad is I have all my manuals, regulations, references at an easy access- no need to dig out my waterproof box under the seat full of manuals for a quick look-up. Tide app. Always have a camera too! Tons of uses.
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    I use an iPad and the Dual Bluetooth GPS as a backup to my Furuno. Also nice to be able to pass around the boat for other people to see how we are tracking. The only issue that I have run into is that with the 12v USB charger currently in my boat it can't keep up with charge. If I run it for an length of time the battery on the iPad will drop even though its plugged in.
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    have you changed out your usb charger to a higher output one? most are only rated for cell phones....that Bluetooth ant. sounds slick
    ive got Time Zero & Navionics on my ipad....it nice to play around with them while leaving the main chartplotter alone

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