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Old 26 January 2014, 09:44   #1
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Console like swiss cheese!

Ok so as part of the rewire I've discovered that the console on the boat has more holes then the latest budget plan!

Now unfortunately the budget is very tight after buying all of the bits for the rewire etc. and needing to get new trailer parts to the point where I can't really afford to give it to a professional to sort out and certainly can't afford a new console.

So I need a plan to make it look ok'ish and get it on the water, is my best bet to put a plate over the complete top? I need to mount the compass and two plotters/sounders on the top as well.

Any help greatly appreciated.

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Old 26 January 2014, 11:00   #2
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Ok so as part of the rewire I've discovered that the console on the boat has more holes then the latest budget plan!

Now unfortunately the budget is very tight after buying all of the bits for the rewire etc. and needing to get new trailer parts to the point where I can't really afford to give it to a professional to sort out and certainly can't afford a new console.

So I need a plan to make it look ok'ish and get it on the water, is my best bet to put a plate over the complete top? I need to mount the compass and two plotters/sounders on the top as well.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Cheers
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WTF!!!

Never mind, it could have been worse; it could have been yer toooobs that resembled the latest budget plan.

Personally, I'd be speaking to Mike Whitham about a new console. It might not be as much as you imagine...
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Old 26 January 2014, 11:04   #3
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Stainless or carbon plate over the lot.
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A plate works fine, just make sure it's not too thick and has a bit of flex to it. Rigid plastics such as a thick perspex may shatter.

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Plus I would mount that isolator switch in the console. They don't last very long otherwise!

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Ok so as part of the rewire I've discovered that the console on the boat has more holes then the latest budget plan!

Now unfortunately the budget is very tight after buying all of the bits for the rewire etc. and needing to get new trailer parts to the point where I can't really afford to give it to a professional to sort out and certainly can't afford a new console.

So I need a plan to make it look ok'ish and get it on the water, is my best bet to put a plate over the complete top? I need to mount the compass and two plotters/sounders on the top as well.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Cheers
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Jaysus man! I didn't know woodworm attacked GRP. Fill the holes & find yerself a nice capping plate as the others have said. Failing that, you can make GRP sheet yourself in the correct colour. Get a piece of smooth Melamine faced chipboard from B&Q, wax it, gelcoat it in the colour of your choice, lay up a couple of layers of mat & peel it off, voila! GRP sheet. Cut it to the shape you want, flocoat the edges, Bed it onto the console on a good layer of mastic & fix with some nice shiny stainless screws.
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have a word with Nugent, he's from you neck of the woods, I'm sure he could come up with a cost effective repair for you, and some advice on your wiring before you make a start
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Feck me, looks like someone shot it
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maybe it's just for air circulation, stop the gauges misting up
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Stainless or carbon plate over the lot.
If Buget is tight that and Pikeys avice is the way to goPluss you could use a new Fibreglass panel,in colour to match..The holes properly filled aren't really a structural problem...where as Cracks often are!
If you take some time and a little care you should get good end result.
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