Scanstrut Deck Pods, & a U.S. warehouse

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

6 Responses

  1. Jay Sellers says:

    I’m glad that Navpod has some competition on the way. Looks like great stuff.

  2. Larry Shick says:

    Interesting photos. I wonder how the cables are supposed to get to the instrument, and how well they’ll survive twisting and turning.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Hey you all, click on Jay’s name above and check out his blog. Good stuff from “Inside the Mind of a Marine Electronics Technician”!

  4. Yes , I like scanstruct gear too.I found that the Scanstrut helm pod would fit on my Lewmar 12inch rails whereas the Navpod didn’t although it claimed it did. It was also the only housing that would sensibly fit the Raymarine C90W.
    I’m a bit doubtful as to how many cables you’d get through that flexible joint. The Raymarine lan / network cables are not very flexible either nor is the 19way cable with the bnc connector to feed through as well. (I chopped my bnc connector off in the end). Hopefully they have tried all that as they do advertise it with the C90W mounted in it.
    The exposed fastenings on top of the pod might perhaps let water in in time as they are only sealed with a small washer and water can sit in the indentation above. The seal also does not sit totally flat on the top where they have put their little wiggly bit just for the scanstrut logo.Otherwise so far so good and hey anyway it was the only pod that would fit… (3rd attempt!)

  5. Adam from Scanstrut says:

    Hello and thanks for the feedback. It is nice to hear your positive comments. Regarding the flexible ball-and-socket joint, it has a 50mm internal diameter, and we have tested with all brands to ensure that all cables will pass through. After our own successful in-house tests, we are currently putting the pods through full IP and temperature tests, in conjunction with a leading electronics brand. A summary of the results will be posted on our website, together with images, and the full Scanpod brochure is also available to download from here. We are always on hand to answer any questions.

  6. Rob Emmet says:

    We’re doing our first installation using a Scanpod Deck Mount today. Very impressive piece of gear. The mounting base is bullet-proof. Very clever design of the ball joint base. The cable conduit is plenty large enough for a scanner cable and is only occluded by 2-3mm as the pod tilts and swivels so cables getting pinched should not be an issue. The footprint of the base is also much smaller than other pods, and that was critical on this installation because we needed to mount the pod on an area of a small console that was intended for a 5” compass.
    The seal looks good, but it’s a pretty hard silicone. Had to use some sailmaker’s seamstick tape to hold it in place to mount the face. Should do the job, just a little tough to install.

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