Engine Instruments - Condensation
When I bought my last boat in 1989, it had Volvo engine instrumentation which regularly fogged up. I understand that Volvo has long since solved this problem by badging VDO instruments, which have a double lens (i.e. two sets of glass), which properly seals the instrument from the front.
So why, when I went on a RIB recently, using instruments supplied with an Evinrude Fitch (sorry - I think the spelling is suspect) engine, does every one of its instruments have condensation in them? Surely, they can't be very old?
I think it is pathetic that in 2005, some instruments still have this problem!
I have ordered a 250 E-tec with my new RIB but I am now concerned that I shall be looking at a lot of condensation, instead of meaningful readings. This also means that the working parts will be exposed to dampness and may ultimately become unreliable.
Does anyone have experience of the current Evinrude instruments following damp weather? Do yours "fog" or do they remain completely dry inside?
A further concern about this is that if Evinrude can't address a simple issue like this, just how much attention have they paid to the engine itself.
Whilst on the subject, the last two Evinrudes I experienced - a 250 E-tec that simply wouldn't start for a while, and the earlier 225 Fitch which conked out at low speed on several occasions, does little to convince me that I have made the right choice of engine.
But then the Verados don't seem to be without their problems (at least in the US) either.
It's about time the engine manufacturers got their act together!