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Old 17 December 2012, 04:48   #1
Country: Ireland
Town: Castlebar
Boat name: Clewless
Make: Valiant DR 490
Length: 4m +
Engine: 60 hp ETEC
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Changing a Console unit on a Valiant DR490

As the title says

I have a DR490 which I am very happy with. However I hate the Console. I believe it was designed for people who are four foot tall and have there legs seperated at the hips by 1 foot. This makes for a very shite design in my opinion. This unit is sikaflexed to the deck along with self tapping screws. I am wondering if it would be a big job to get it off the deck for replacement

I am thinking of the following unit which is at a good price and looks good

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Old 17 December 2012, 04:56   #2
Country: UK - Wales
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Remove the screws, get some thin wedges of wood or plastic and tap them into the sikaflex joint at 6"-12" spacing. This will raise the console off the deck and if the sikaflex won't free off too readily, then you can use a blade to cut through it, after stretching the bond, by tapping the wedges in further.
The holes in the deck will need to be sealed, unless by some miraculous coincidence, the footprint of the flanges on both consoles is identical.
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