More and more, we see portable electronic devices such as cell phones and tablets replacing more traditional means of navigation, and serving multiple other purposes to boaters out on the water.
When looking for an easy way to safely and securely mount your tablet or phone to your boat‘s helm display area, the best way to do it is with a RAM Mount, which is a type of mounting hardware standardized for all personal devices, including the iPad.
What is a RAM Mount?
RAM Mounts are based around a standard-sized rubber ball. With a huge number of RAM Mount parts available, your greatest challenge will be matching your needs to the correct mounting system. According to the Active Captain blog, RAM equipment with a 1 inch ball is perfect for mounting phones, tablets, and even newer generation laptops. A larger ball may be in order for heavier devices.
If you plan on mounting a device such as an iPad to your boat‘s console, you might want to start with a Flat Surface Mount with a 1″ diameter ball. A type of a cradle for the device such as a Tab-Tite Universal Clamping Cradle or Universal X-Grip will also be a necessary component. Many of these cradles will fit on your device even with a LifeProof (Nuud) or Otter Box case, etc. equipped. Just be sure to double check the dimensions before ordering anything.
Once installed, your device is safe & secure, and can be removed within seconds by unscrewing the RAM Mount ball connection.
A novel option to consider is the RAM-A-CAN Flex Arm Cup Holder Mount, which is spring-loaded to fit securely in a cup holder, and does not actually screw into the console. This method is more portable, but perhaps less stable than an actual install.
If you own an Apple device, you might also want to check out the increasingly popular navigation app, Navionics. It has the capability to show a snapshot of your favorite locations including tides, currents, & wind, as well as vector charts which function without mobile coverage, and other useful features.