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Old 06-02-2019, 06:51 AM   #1
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42 Classic bridge helm gauges cover

Hi - doea any one know how to remove the clear cover over the engine gauges on the bridge? Does it snap in place or do you have to remove the whole gauge panel from behind?? Thanks
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Old 06-03-2019, 04:24 AM   #2
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Hi - doea any one know how to remove the clear cover over the engine gauges on the bridge? Does it snap in place or do you have to remove the whole gauge panel from behind?? Thanks
Ah, the least favorite part of my boat. The bank of gauges....and dead insects...and little dots of whatever begging to be cleaned off. At this point begging to be repainted as well. The only answer I have gotten on this question is that the unit drops out from behind.

On my to-do list is to take some fishing line/wire/guitar string and try to saw it back and forth underneath from the front to see if I can separate the cover. I am thinking that it has to be held by caulk of some sort. Have no idea if I am on the right track with that though. I have only been back there once to take a quick look but I guess it is possible there are screws holding it on from behind? Just trying to avoid a weekend spent crawling up underneath and behind. not much room in there as you know. Even if I do drop it back I would have to remove all the gauges in order to get the thing out for a real cleaning or, if necessary, repaint. If do have to use this method I want to look at some way of altering the cover so it can be removed in the future.

Hopefully there is an easier way. This bugs me (sorry) every time I look down when driving the boat.
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Thanks for the response. You were right on about the bugs, etc. When I try to peek inside from the front I can't see any kind of attacment means. I gently tried to pry it off with a putty knife and gave up after I could not get the thing to budge with not much effort. I guess now I'm going to look into removivg the gauge panel from the back and see what I find.
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Please, please post if you figure this out.
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Howard, will do. I believe this task is #39 on my list of things to get done so it may be a while! It irritates me so much I may bump it up the list though. I posted this same question over on the GB owners forum and didn't get any answers there either....which surprised me as it can't be only the three of us.
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Might one of you amateur entomologists be able to post a picture or two? Thanks.





Sorry. Wrong bugs....
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I have some close ups of it but can't find them...which really bugs me. Here is one to whet your appetite, little distant but best I can do, until I can find the others or take some more. What we are talking about it just simple trim around the glass which appears to be attached by magic. Mine appears to be powder coated or painted aluminum. I am told that the box the gauges are in can be dropped from behind the dash. Maybe there are screws/bolts that are holding the box and the exterior trim together as one unit, not sure. Of course that would mean that when I drop the box from behind....the trim comes off which would be insult to injury.
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Do not remove the dash panel cover! I just cleaned my bridge gauges/dash on my 2000 GB 42 Classic. I had to crawl inside the cabinet space behind the panel (not easy!), disconnect each wiring harness (port & stbrd gauges) & unscrew the 5 screws holding the panel to the BACK of the cabinet. In my case I had to also remove the trim tabs switch & the synchronizer switch.


It was then easy to take the gauge panel out & clean it. Thought I had better photos, but this was only one I could find.
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With the inherant difficulty in cleaning the underside/inside of the dash panel cover it appears it was not meant to be cleaned all that often. The question then arises...Is there any way to actually seal the gauge cluster to the dash housing to prevent soiling of the inside surface? Thin gasket perhaps? Butyl tape?
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If it was my boat and I did get the panel out, I would redesign it so I could access it much more easily before it went back in. Maybe a hinged cover made out of plexiglass?
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With the inherant difficulty in cleaning the underside/inside of the dash panel cover it appears it was not meant to be cleaned all that often. The question then arises...Is there any way to actually seal the gauge cluster to the dash housing to prevent soiling of the inside surface? Thin gasket perhaps? Butyl tape?
My thinking as well. My concern is moisture retention in the sealed space. Come to the boat one day and now have a terrarium in front of me. Not sure if that is a real or imaginary concern but it would be a sealed space subject to varying temps and sunlight.
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If it was my boat and I did get the panel out, I would redesign it so I could access it much more easily before it went back in. Maybe a hinged cover made out of plexiglass?
Agreed. Haven't done this yet but I'm sure I won't want to add dropping the gauge box to the regular maintenance schedule. Would have to look at other boats with a flip up cover to see how it is done. Need a water barrier lip of some sort to raise up the plexiglass. Can't be too difficult.
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Mr. fb. Ah yes. Terrarium. Excellent point. Hadn't thought of that. I tend to agree with the hinged/easily removable cover.
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Do not remove the dash panel cover! I just cleaned my bridge gauges/dash on my 2000 GB 42 Classic. I had to crawl inside the cabinet space behind the panel (not easy!), disconnect each wiring harness (port & stbrd gauges) & unscrew the 5 screws holding the panel to the BACK of the cabinet. In my case I had to also remove the trim tabs switch & the synchronizer switch.


It was then easy to take the gauge panel out & clean it. Thought I had better photos, but this was only one I could find.
After removing your gauge panel, How do you think the cover is installed?
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I've thought about cutting out the Plexiglas cover with a Dremel tool and then buying a new piece of Plexiglas with rounded corners and affixing it to the top of the existing frame with 4200 or outdoor Velcro.
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I've thought about cutting out the Plexiglas cover with a Dremel tool and then buying a new piece of Plexiglas with rounded corners and affixing it to the top of the existing frame with 4200 or outdoor Velcro.
Or...use small teak trim to box in the current frame and attach new plexiglass hinged to the outer frame maybe.
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