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Old 01 March 2011, 12:58   #1
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console "repair"

I wish to replace the fishfinder and GPS in the rib, from separate fishfinder and GPS to a 2-in-1 job. The annoying thing with this is that I would have a cut out fro the console where the other unit would have been. Is it possible to fill the hole in somehow?
Perhaps fibre glassing from behind and gel coating on the top?
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Old 01 March 2011, 13:03   #2
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I'd go for a well made/fitted stainless cover plate. Other instruments or switches could be fitted in the plate.
A GRP job would always be visible and could look a mess.
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Old 01 March 2011, 13:22   #3
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A repair to fill the hole is possible, but as Mollers says it might be a lot easier and effective just to make a plate. It depends if you want a super-smart remodel or a working re-jig.
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Old 01 March 2011, 13:48   #4
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this is a matt carbon dash we did in a marlin
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Old 01 March 2011, 13:55   #5
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Sweet Biffer. I wish I could afford to commision such good work.

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I had exactly the same issue when I replaced the systems in my console.

The main face was full of odd holes that didn't fit any of the new gear, so my answer, like Biffs, was to cover over all the existing holes with a piece of new material, and in effect start with a clean sheet.

I've actually done this twice over the last few years as I was never really happy with the cut edge on my first attempt.

I found an off-cut of Black Plastic at a sign makers that has a nice leather style embossed finish, cut it to size, screwed it down onto some sealant and cut the new holes through the new 'dashboard insert' and the original face of the console.

It's obviously not pretty from behind, but looks good from the front.

Best of all it cost me just a couple of quid for the off-cut that I've now got two inserts from.

The stainless Box section along the top edge has been added more recently, firstly to hold the front edge down more securely so the rain doesn't go down the back, and secondly as I have another project in mind that will use it as a mount.

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Old 01 March 2011, 18:47   #7
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I had the same problem with my Ribcraft 585 as it was littered with holes. I made a top and bottom panel to form a sandwich which I sikaflex'd in place. I also made a adaptor plate for the the radio and the compass. I do have the advantage of a sheetmetal laser at hand. The couple of photo's are midway through the refit. If I can help let me know.

Ps Salcombe is one of the best boating locations in the uk.
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Old 01 March 2011, 18:53   #8
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That looks very smart. Impressive.
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I'd go the stainless route, draw it out and take it to a stainless fabricator and get it laser cut. If you really want to be anal you could even have it laser marked at a sign place that does this, you could then mark all the switch legends etc direct into the metal.

Might avoid the mirror polish look and go for light sandblast say wi prune pips or something.
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I'd go the stainless route, draw it out and take it to a stainless fabricator and get it laser cut. If you really want to be anal you could even have it laser marked at a sign place that does this, you could then mark all the switch legends etc direct into the metal.

Might avoid the mirror polish look and go for light sandblast say wi prune pips or something.
Polished stainless means you can check you hair whilst underway. All I need now is hair
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