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KCarlsen posted 02-13-2001 10:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for KCarlsen   Send Email to KCarlsen  
I'm getting ready to purchase the hardware for my console (ie. gauges) for my 69 Sakonnet restoration. What hardware did BW use on the original models (ie tach, key switch, compass) I don't want it to look like a 747 cockpit and I only want to add what was original. I know they kept it simple so I am asking for an OEM setup suggestion. Thanks, Kurt
lhg posted 02-13-2001 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Kurt, I just checked my 1970 catalog. In those days BW did not offer a "pre-rig" or "gauge package". They did offer the red knob Morse binnacle control, and required the buyer specify which brand of engine (probably for cables) being used. They say that buyer must order key ignition harness, etc, from engine manufacturer, including gauges. Not many gauges were used in those days for outboards, mostly just a tach.

If I were rigging a new mahogany console, considering the limited gauge space, I would use the engine brand binnicle control, with integral trim switch, then install the key switch, tach, volts and temp gauges only. Those will use up most of your panel space. Get a sonar/GPS that also has temp and speed. The old classic Morse control is great, but then you have to find some other place for the trim switch, or eliminate the 2" gauges.

Chesapeake posted 02-14-2001 09:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Kurt: I believe that my old guage kit is original down to the "ribbon teak veneered plywood" insert specified in the BW engineers prints. My guage package included an chrome rimmed tach with a black dial. The single light switch was a chrome push / pull type switch that operated both nav and running lights simultaneously. Finally, the bilge switch is a classic chrome plated, bronze, 3 way push / pull switch. I checked such switches out at West marine and they really haven't changed all that much over the years.

The tach I have no clue as to replacing that with something that looks original unless teleflex or some OEM makes a similar switch.

Lastly, the choke and ignition are engine mfr. OEM parts. In my old boat... Johnson.

Kurt, I noticed in the photos of your new console the guage cover plates are not shown. I just made a couple of sets that are identical dimensions to the OEM, by slightly improve upon the design for durability sake.

Hope this helps. Bob

KCarlsen posted 02-14-2001 01:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for KCarlsen  Send Email to KCarlsen     
Larry, Bob, Thanks for your replys. I have the engine OEM wiring harness and plan to use that key switch. I have the Morse MT-3 shifter and also have a water proof 3 way momentary switch for the trim. Based on you replys, I will install a 3" chrome tach, key switch, emergency stop switch, 2"trim tab and the push pull style switches for lights. I will probably install the hour meter and volt meter in the seat where the batteries are stored. As for the console panels, I have two sets so that if I decide to change things in the future, I would have a spare set. Thanks for the help. Kurt
dgp posted 02-14-2001 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
In the 60's and early 70's, Stewart Warner was a major supplier to the marine market, both OEM and aftermarket. There is now at least 10 gage mfrs supplying the marine market. If it was my boat, I'd use a combination tachometer / hourmeter and a seperate voltmeter. Since you want to keep it original I'd just put in a SW electric tach. Don
KCarlsen posted 02-15-2001 08:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for KCarlsen  Send Email to KCarlsen     
Don, Thanks for the reply. I have the SW catalog and I don't see any tachs with the hour meter combo. I plan on getting the deluxe style or the wings style with the chrome ring. Details, details, details, Kurt

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