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Old 06-09-2016, 10:31 AM   #1
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I am in the process of installing all new electronics on my 1986 Callifornian 48MY and need to repair many many holes in the helm area on the bridge. Way to many holes to repair in the gel coat. Anyone know of some kind of material available to cover the existing holes/area? Some of the holes left from previous items are 1 inch. I am not mounting any of the new electronics in this area and the area in question is flat. I am looking for something like SeaDek as a possibility that can be cut to size and conform to the curves.
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:50 AM   #2
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Starboard, PVC board?
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Old 06-09-2016, 11:32 AM   #3
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Good idea but I believe it is thicker than I can use. Also I do not believe there is any way to glue star board to gel coat. I would like something 1/16 or less.
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Good idea but I believe it is thicker than I can use. Also I do not believe there is any way to glue star board to gel coat. I would like something 1/16 or less.
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http://www.tapplastics.com/product/p...o_size_plastic

I'd use starboard and secure it mechanically with stainless hardware. If you need thin material, check out the link above. Also check Mcmaster-Carr.
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Old 06-09-2016, 05:35 PM   #6
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If it does not have to be structural you might look at the fiberglass panels at Home Depot or Lowes for shower enclosures. Another option would be aluminum panels. Either way you would need some kind of edge treatment so it does not look too tacky.

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Old 06-09-2016, 07:51 PM   #7
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I'm using smoked plexiglass and painting the backside gloss black. Gives a deep shiny finish. Pictures when I'm done
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:35 PM   #8
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I'm using these guys to build a small panel. They use 1/8" thick ABS. I can't personally recommend them yet, but they came recommended. They may be able to recommend/source other materials.

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ABS is what we use to redo a panel, it had a smooth surface on one side with a stippel finish on the other, looks great and comes in various thickness.
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Old 06-10-2016, 08:51 AM   #10
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Thanks for all your ideas. This is a work in progress. I can fill the holes but I don't see a finish product, color, and texture I will be happy with unless I cover it. I have two new 10" MFD's that will be mounted left and right of the helm so the area that use to have a big old radar mounted on it is my problem.
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Starboard and mechanical attach with machine screws and finish washers. Easy to work. Paint with Fusion paint if you want a special color.
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Copper sheet on top side 1/4 starboard on back side. I had a table with copper sheet top (like a bar top) the had a nice weathered look (no shine) thin enough and will wear like iron with no maintenance required, easy to work with (unless you want to).

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Old 06-11-2016, 11:50 AM   #13
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Be careful with ABS...mine didn't do well in the sun...3 years and it severely faded and the thins tuff became brittle..

NJ summers, FL winter trip was the sun range.

The inside stuff still looks great.
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Choose something you can poke more holes in to mount the next series of electric toys.
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Old 06-12-2016, 08:24 PM   #15
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Bob, I just installed new electronics on my Mainship and dealt with what I think you are describing. Here is a link to the thread. Electronics Install
I made templates with cardboard traced to flooring under layment cut out with router to the right fit and then traced to starboard and used a router to cut finished panel. I don't work with a router much and was very happy with the outcome.
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A while back, I posted a thread on a panel I designed online and had a perfect version delivered a week or so later. It's a high quality aluminum panel with black finish and white lettering imprinted or engraved. Can't look for the thread now, but will try to add it later. Maybe someone else will find it first.

Bottom line, I was impressed with the quality, accuracy and relative ease for a newbie like me to download and use their design software. The price wasn't bad either...about $80 IIRC.

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A while back, I posted a thread on a panel I designed online and had a perfect version delivered a week or so later. It's a high quality aluminum panel with black finish and white lettering imprinted or engraved. Can't look for the thread now, but will try to add it later. Maybe someone else will find it first.

Bottom line, I was impressed with the quality, accuracy and relative ease for a newbie like me to download and use their design software. The price wasn't bad either...about $80 IIRC.

So? Where the link?
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