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Old 02 July 2004, 16:37   #1
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Anybody any experience with them?
Considering getting a new console for mine when I put it back together. Any other manufacturers you know of that are any good?
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Old 02 July 2004, 18:28   #2
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They look well made, but many of them have moulded bits for the compass, throttle, etc, so you're limited for where you can place things. And lots of them have curved tops so you can't mount stuff on top.
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Have a look at bembridge outboards on Boats and outboards, they do some good looking ones. Also Barnet marine (Tornado) seem to be prepared to sell the consoles they fit, I think Humber also use some of the same mouldings.
And Ocean Ribs in Porchester make good looking consoles but the one's I've seen are quite large.
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Hi is something like this any use to you? approx 39" H x 24" W x 24" D with flat surfaces for mounting items.
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I have all outhill consoles on my boat,they were supplied and fitted by BHG marine who gave me a 10% discount.
I think the qulity is very good,they seem strong but you can find very minor blemishes if you look hard.
The only problem so far is the hinges on the rear bench seat keep rattling loose,but these are just bolts with a wingnut and I,m sure a dab of locktite will cure that.
My only comment on the design is that the console I have has quite a wide seat and having been on other boats,I think a narrower seat is better in rough conditions,also the driver really could benefit from his own backrest,I am thinking of adding another backrest and getting the seat recovered with thicker foam.
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Old 03 July 2004, 05:21   #6
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Outhill kit is standard fit to Avon & a few other makes. We've bought a few bits & have been happy - http://www.outhill.com/

Must admit i've never seen them precut for dials etc & suspect you order them as you want them

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...never seen them precut for dials etc...
Not precut, but just moulded for placement.
I had in mind a couple of their double-width consoles such as this one: http://www.outhill.com/images/CC12_FS.gif and another one which I can't see on their web site. They are quite restrictive if you have a lot of nav gear to fit. However, I now see that they do simple "boxy" ones as well.
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was looking at getting this one http://www.outhill.com/images/Pic7a-.gif . The one without front seat. plus if I order it through work we get discount
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I have always been unhappy with Outhill.
Poor quality, bad design and shockingly overpriced. I am sure you can do better somewhere else.
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Ocean ribs have a second hand one in at the moment, same as my Pacific console, you could try them with a cheeky offer of cash. Its black and full of holes where instruments were fitted but they lookin the right place.

Ribtec had a second hand blue one for a while too.

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I've got an outhill console on my boat and it looks fantastic however after a days wave jumping some crazing has appeared where your knees bash against it. Secondly don't ever be tempted to buy one with a curved front -they look good but they are vey impractical, I had to remove my throttle box and the only way to get to the nuts with a spanner was to stick your head under the seat with your arse up in the air! If the console had a flat front I would have put a hatch in there, but the side is'nt quite wide enough.

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got any pics of your boat at all mate - really interested to see how your console looks if possible - just refitting my 4m searider at present
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was looking at getting this one http://www.outhill.com/images/Pic7a-.gif . The one without front seat. plus if I order it through work we get discount
These are the standard fit side-by-side consoles fitted to the new XS-Ribs. Although you are thinking of the version without the seat, I'm sure they have the same dash layout as the version with the seat. Here's a pic from the other side of the dash layout. They have got a moulding for a compass, though.

Barnet Marine will make you a stainless steel windscreen/grabrail for it as well if you need one.
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Old 05 July 2004, 08:35   #14
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Thanks for the pic swginn, you've earnt a green blob . That has just made up my mind to order one. I quite like the compass moulding. It will mean it should be far enough away from electrics I fit to not interfear.
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one other thing. Do you find you get full throttle OK with that control box and the compass moulding? (I have the same control box to fit)
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I don't know, this is just a pic from the website, I've got a single width console with side-mount throttle. I'm sure if you give Laurence Lock at Barnet Marine an e-mail (info@ribs.co.uk) he'll be able to find out for you.
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