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      One issue about using instruments on the Weta is where to mount your unit.

      Mast Mounted

      The mast would seem to be the obvious choice but the Cunningham and Cunningham hook leave little room between then mast and the fitting (replacing this hook with a soft shackle is a good idea). And also the fitting gets in the way of viewing the screen if you are using a phone on the mast.

      Also if you use a Velcro strap to attach the mounting to the mast you need to ensure that there are no buckles sticking out as these may be caught by the jib sheets as you tack with disastrous consequences.

      One option is to have a bracket which allows the Cunningham to go up inside it and the unit to be mounted further into the cockpit – but the example below would seem to be too long.

      The bracket for the TackTick T060 Micro Compass is ideal and can also be modified to mount a phone in a holder.

      RAM Mounts have mounting options for almost any device.

      My solution for a mast mount using an iPhone in a Dog & Bone Waterproof case

      The RAM-B-149Z-2U has a stainless steel strap which fits around the mast. Then you need a medium length arm to keep your device clear of the Cunningham.

      Then attach the phone holder (RAM-HOL-UN4) to the end of the arm. (Ram have a sprung phone holder available but the horns holding the phone are too inviting to catch a rope) whereas this is supplied with 3 different length arms which really hold it tightly.

       

      Inspection Hatch

      Another option is to mount it on the inspection hatch. This works quite well for the Speedpuck. But if you’re ama hiking it might be a bit difficult to see given the viewing angle and it’s low down. It’s also more prone to being caught by the jib sheets which can make an expensive day out when your phone goes flying.

      Sail Mounted

      Another alternative may be to stick two devices either side of the foot of the sail using industrial strength Velcro. For example using two Speedpucks – or two waterproof(ed) phones.

      Armbands

      Armbands are great for being able to access the functions and to change the angle of the screen so you can read it. The downside it that you have to take your eye off the water to read it, you can’t trim at the same time –  and its easy to accidentally change the display when you brush against something and difficult to use with wet fingers. But they can provide an inexpensive way to obtain a mount which you can strap to the mast.

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