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Old 11-11-2015, 06:09 PM   #21
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CaptTom, That's gonna be nice. My flybridge console sits flat with a plexi cover over it and yes, you have to stand to read the gauges. I have quite the nest of wiring behind mine too. I like the idea of using PVC or starboard to build the tilted up console and may just do that using my present gauges. Thanks for the pictures, I'll have to figure out how to post pics here once I get started.

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Old 11-13-2015, 08:53 PM   #22
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The panel came in:


I added back the old gauges and lights, plus the new NMEA 2000 multi-function display that replaces the tachs:



Before you ask, the logos of the swan on the right, and the stars on the left, represent the constellation of the Northern Cross, also known as Cygnus the swan.
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Old 11-14-2015, 07:51 AM   #23
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Very nice.
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Very nice.
. And I like the simplicity and not being cluttered.
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Very nice work, that will look great when you're done!
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Old 11-14-2015, 03:55 PM   #26
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. And I like the simplicity and not being cluttered.
The simplicity is a result of combining the two panels into one, and replacing the two tachs with one multi-function display.

Also, I found I was always temporarily putting "stuff" down on the console; pencils, cell phones, sandwiches, etc. Sometimes the stuff covered up the gauges. So I put the gauges up higher and made a lip on the front that sticks up a little to help hold the stuff in place.

I've started the wiring. I went with the daisy chain approach, With only 3 gauges on each side, it won't be a huge troubleshooting effort if one set starts to go wacky.

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Looks good Tom, I have one of those Multi function gauges on my little center console boat, it's real nice.
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:23 AM   #28
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One more addition before mounting, I added two outlets on each side; a regular 12V "cigarette lighter" style outlet, and a dual 2.1A USB outlet. You can also see the lip I mentioned earlier better in the first photo:

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I like the usb outlets. Charging our devices is becoming a giant pia. Another addition to the project list.
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I like the usb outlets. Charging our devices is becoming a giant pia. Another addition to the project list.
It sure is convenient to be able to keep our two phones, tablet, and InReach charged on longer trips. And at night, handheld spotlights. But the real reason is guests. Everyone seems to show up with a nearly dead phone or tablet. I don't even own an i-anything, but I have charging cords for them. It's the only way I can get folks to relax and enjoy the ride.
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Just to close this thread out, here's the finished console and some lessons learned:


- PVC board is pretty easy to work with.
- PVC pipe dope (glue) works well on PVC board (so far - longevity unknown.)
- PVC board gets dirty pretty easily. Use Chlorox wipes or (worst case) fine sandpaper to clean.
- Give yourself 50% more volume behind the console than you expect to need.
I was amazed how tight everything was packed in by the time I was finished.
- Measure everything. Don't believe the specs.
Those so-called 2" gauges needed a 2-1/8" hole. A real pain to file them out!

For my next PVC board project, I'm thinking of making a "glove compartment" forward of my starboard flybridge bench seat. Perhaps a wedge-shaped cushion for reclining on, that hinges to reveal a stowage compartment behind. But first it's some boat yoga in the bowels of the engine compartment to re-plumb my shower sump and air conditioning pumps.
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Old 11-26-2015, 10:18 AM   #32
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Really like the looks of your updated panel there. It gives me inspiration to do mine. I too need to dig into my aft shower area to find a leak.

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