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Old 12-01-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Engine Gauges

I need to buy two instrument panels for the pilothouse and fly bridge as the diesel is finished and soon I must install it. I would like complete panels with tachs driven by a magnetic sender rather than the alternator. We drilled and tapped a hole in the flywheel for this purpose.
Anybody have any recommendations? thx.
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:27 PM   #2
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I'm wrestling with some choices for instrumentation, too. Once I figure out what gauges I'll include, I'm going to order the instrument panel itself from this web site.
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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There's a member on this site that has made custom instrument panels. Top notch work too, he did a set for Kevin's Bayliner some time back. PM Kevin (ksanders) and ask who it was as I can't recall off the top of my head.
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It was SomeSailor and here is a link to his site.
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Don't forget the idiot lights with buzzers. Nobody watches their gauges ALL the time.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:58 AM   #6
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>Don't forget the idiot lights with buzzers. Nobody watches their gauges ALL the time.<

Even better assemble your own panel with Murphy Switch Gauges.

Total electrical loss and the gauges keep working , and they can be set to ring an alarm , or shut down as desired.

Nobody watches 100% of the time , but Murphy.
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I found these after looking: Marine Instrument Panel | eBay
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:37 AM   #8
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Thanks for the links everybody...great place to start. As far as watching gauges all the time, you're right, I DO want all the alarms. After 30 odd years of staring at cockpit gauges I just want to relax...lol
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Somesailor, (Mike) did my dashboard panels.

He does great work, and uses a computerized rendering system making it easy to preview the finished product.

As to the engine gauges themselves, we went with Atena brand digital tachomoters, isspro brand EGT/boost gauges, and the rest I do not remember, but they might have been isspro as well.
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:49 AM   #10
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The biggest joy of a diesel is older ones will continue to operate , once started with zero electric.

Should not the gauge package be the same?

Mechanical gauges only take a bit more time/effort to install.
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Sage advise FF, I have read many of your posts and they are all smart. I am more comfortable with DC electric though as I have wired many boats and this one is is void of any wiring...I ripped it allout so I could design my own. Thanks for the advice
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:57 PM   #12
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I installed 2 very loud bells inlieu of the std buzzers. Now the whole marina knows when I'm leaving. Drives the admiral bananas.
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I agree Murphy switch gauges are very good and reliable. I changed out all my gauges to switch gauges for engines and generators. It also allows you to set when the alarm goes off, a pre warning. They also have very nice electrical gauges. All gauges have SS bezels.

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