Scanstrut Deck Pods, & a U.S. warehouse
The U.K. company Scanstrut has been making all sorts of radome mounts and similar gear since 1986, and I know I’m not the only one who’s admired their smart and handsome engineering. I learned at the Miami show that they were working on a line of universal electronics pods, and today that line is not only official, but a few nice new design twists are revealed. For instance, the preview literature for the Deck Pod above — meant to mount MFDs up to 15″ on fly bridges and the like — illustrated its heavy duty silicone gasket and other features, but showed a mount that “only” swiveled. Well, look what they came up with for the finished product; apparently you can just unlock that lever and position the ball-mounted pod however you’d like. Nice! I’ve long held that such view flexibility can make displays more useful in varying light conditions, and I’ve often proven the postulate using RAM mounts, but this looks like a truly elegant solution…
And it looks like Scanstrut also added more twist to the optional Flex-Mount (below) that can be used with its sailboat Helm Pods. Note the dual indents, which mean that these pods — which come in four sizes, two depths, and two colors — can bolt directly to 9.5″ or 12″ pedestal guards. The new Scanpod line also includes instrument mast mounts, even in carbon, and I don’t doubt that those engineer/designers have more goodies in developement on their CAD screens.
As I slowly figure out a plan — flexible in all ways possible — for mounting gear at Gizmo’s helms, and on her mast, I’m sure eyeballing the Scanstrut brochures. And I was pleased to learn that they recently established a “fully stocked” warehouse in Connecticut (as well as a new U.S. distribution network, in concert with Ocean Marketing).