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ValkariaKid posted 07-31-2001 12:49 PM ET (US)   Profile for ValkariaKid   Send Email to ValkariaKid  
Hi everybody-

I just bought a '79 Montauk with a self-ejecting console (rotten wood hold down blocks), and being thats it's no longer a permanent fixture I am going to remove it for a restoration.
My question what are you folks adding or changing to the console?

I want to keep it as close to stock as possible in looks, but I want to add a few goodies like an AM/FM/CD radio, a couple of 4" speakers, and a few other switches and gauges.

I have an idea for the new layout for the panel. I intend to mount the radio(the AM/FM/CD) towards the top RH corner above the Morse control (where the light switches currently reside). The new switches will go horizontally along the helm centerline between the helm and the morse control along with the fuses (if they'll clear the steering cables). I plan on using 5 switches.
-bow/anchor light
-bilge pump
-Master switch (for the fish finder,VHF,AM/FM/CD)
-courtesy light(s) (still undecided on where I'm putting these)
-Horn
As far as guages go I have a Tach mounted above the helm on the vertical center line, and a trim guage to the left of the tach.
I'd like to add a temp guage to the right of the tach, but I'm still unsure how to do that with the outboard engine.

As I said before I want to add (2) 4" speakers on the sides of the console, but I don't want to drill the huge holes required. I was thinkinng of mounting one on the inside face of the louvered door so it can't be seen, and the other in the rear wall of the fire extinguisher cutout. This one will have the 4" hole drilled. I thought about using the clamp on style speaker boxes on the consile rails, but I want to avoid all the clutter.
As for the horn... well.. I don't know. I really don't need a horn, but it's nice to have. i don't know if it's worth it or not to have to cut a hole in the console for it. If I did add one I was thinking of mounting it with the speaker in the inside face of the fire extinguisher box.
The same for the courtesy lights... They're REAL nice to have, but I don't want to cut any holes. maybe a couple of low profile surface mounted lights on both sides.

For the top of the console there's already a teak board covering a huge hole left by a surface mounted compass. On this board there's a bracket mounted compass, and a GPS mount for a small handheld Magellan 315. To the right of that there's the Raytheon 365 fish finder mounted directly to the fiberglass top.

Anyway.. as you can see there's alot of questions I have, and I'd really appreciate any comments or input you may have.
Being that I got this boat really cheap I don't mind spending a few $$ to make this a sweet, enjoyable, safe boat. I intend to keep this one a long tme.

Thank You!

-Paul

ValkariaKid posted 07-31-2001 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for ValkariaKid  Send Email to ValkariaKid     
Whoops! sorry!
I just noticed that I should've posted the previous message in the Repairs/Mods section.

Sorry!

-Paul

dfmcintyre posted 07-31-2001 04:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Paul -

If your dealing with 20 year old wiring, I'd lean toward replacing all the wiring (though the bow light wiring replacement task can be a bitch) and instead of using push/pull switches with fuses, look at a 5 or 6 circuit breaker panel.

I mounted mine on the side of my console, recessed in a panel that has a flush mounted plexiglass hinged panel.

don

ValkariaKid posted 07-31-2001 05:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for ValkariaKid  Send Email to ValkariaKid     
Hey Don-
That's a good idea.. Thanks!
Actually I already replaced all of the wiring for the lights, and the bilge pump, and left alot of slack in the new wiring, because I was going to redo the console over anyway.
I don't think I want to make a recessed panel in the side of the console because I don't want to cut such a big hole in the side. I'd rather keep everything on the panel if possible.

Thanks again!

-Paul

ValkariaKid posted 08-03-2001 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for ValkariaKid  Send Email to ValkariaKid     
Any other ideas out there??????

Thanks!

-Paul

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