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Review Mirror for docking

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Review Mirror for docking

Postby amanphoto » July 8th, 2017, 10:41 am

I have a Carver Mariner 350. It is a flybridge style boat with a radar arch. Needles to say, I can't see my transom when backing into my slip. The houseboat next door has side view mirrors mounted on the front deck. I thought it was a good idea. Any one else have mirrors for docking? Thoughts?

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Re: Review Mirror for docking

Postby amanphoto » July 8th, 2017, 11:37 am

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Re: Review Mirror for docking

Postby Mn car guy » July 11th, 2017, 11:45 pm

I have the same boat and it can be a challenge. I stand at the helm facing rearward and operate the transmissions to back it up ( hands behind my back). I can see the corners of the stern so it works but I'm also 6 3 so that helps
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Re: Review Mirror for docking

Postby mjk1040 » July 12th, 2017, 5:42 am

Out in a rear view camera.
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Re: Review Mirror for docking

Postby RGrew176 » July 12th, 2017, 4:16 pm

A good friend of mine who has a 38 Regal Sedan had the same problem. He installed a camera with a display on the bridge that shows the stern of the boat including the swim platform. It shows him all he needs to see behind his boat when in a docking or backing situation. Pretty nice setup.
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Re: Review Mirror for docking

Postby John Easley » July 17th, 2017, 10:31 am

RGrew176 wrote:Source of the post A good friend of mine who has a 38 Regal Sedan had the same problem. He installed a camera with a display on the bridge that shows the stern of the boat including the swim platform. It shows him all he needs to see behind his boat when in a docking or backing situation. Pretty nice setup.


We looked into this, too, and decided to outfit ours with a backup camera. There are lots of models available on Amazon with 30+ feet of cord, dedicated high def monitors, and all the mounting hardware for about $90 or less. Some even have a provision that allows "tilting" the view. I'm sure it's some sort of digital cropping but it allows a more downward view for docking and a more upright view for seeing traffic behind you when underway. Could be an inexpensive solution to OP's situation.

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