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Old 25 November 2015, 09:14   #1
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Moisture in Evinrude Gauges

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I have a new RIB, fitted with an Evinrude etec 90 and the evinrude gauges.
One of the gauges - the trim - has alot of condensation and moisture in it.
Does anyone know of an easy way to remove this and dry it out? Does the front cover come off or is it a sealed unit?
Help would be appreciated.
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Old 25 November 2015, 11:01   #2
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I had the same problem with the gauges on my 60 hp etec (probably the same gauges). When I changed the console the new one had a vent in it. I have not had any problems with fogging of gauges since. Thus I suggest that the console be vented.
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Old 25 November 2015, 11:25   #3
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I had the same problem with the gauges on my 60 hp etec (probably the same gauges). When I changed the console the new one had a vent in it. I have not had any problems with fogging of gauges since. Thus I suggest that the console be vented.
This is a problem with a lot of i-com Smart Guages,certainly one I've and plenty of others have experienced.
I believe personaly its a design fault..and sadly not easily remedied...some people I know having replaced them several times!...and yes my consul is fully vented

The open RIB environment is a Hard place for ALL kit!! especially electronics...and like most Marine ancillaries they were probably designed for Cuddy type,or most likely enclosed Helms.
The good news is it's usually only when there's a temperature differential...and any condensation will soon dry out/disapate and doesn't seem affect the Guages adversely long term...
Tis Bloody annoying when you can't read them though!
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I think that if you can remove it from the console you could put it upside down on a radiator in your house. There should be a hole where the light bulb goes that will allow the moisture to escape from. Then address where the water is getting in and seal it up. A small rubber boot (if you can find one) on the back of the gauge will stop dampness and moisture from getting in though the back.
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Old 25 November 2015, 18:37   #5
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My boat is stored in a garage with the console hatch open and I still have the problem. I think it's just a defect in the gauges. They work fine, just that you can't always see them too well...
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Old 26 November 2015, 04:15   #6
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Thanks for all the replies and advice - at least its only the 1 of the gauges - i'll try and dry it out as suggested and seal it up.
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My boat is stored in a garage with the console hatch open and I still have the problem. I think it's just a defect in the gauges. They work fine, just that you can't always see them too well...
It's a common problem and get some misting on mine too. I think it's water vapour getting drawn in though the back on damp days which just seems to stay stay there. When the weather conditions are right it seems to cling to the lens of the gauge as condensation.
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Old 26 November 2015, 07:16   #8
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The Evinrude I-command digital gauges (Lowrance made) were prone to misting... the current ICON gauges don't suffer the same problem.

I also find I get misting on ICOM Radios.
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I have an Evinrude Etec trim and RPM gauge for sale if anyone needs one
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The Evinrude I-command digital gauges (Lowrance made) were prone to misting... the current ICON gauges don't suffer the same problem.

I also find I get misting on ICOM Radios.
Can you retro-fit the new ones, and if so is the hole the same size and roughly what cost? I probably won't bother, but it sounds like a good vapour project
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