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Chesapeake posted 03-19-2001 10:47 AM ET (US)   Profile for Chesapeake   Send Email to Chesapeake  
For those of you with the old mahogany consoles that have repowered... where have you placed your tach and your key switch.

I recently purchased a new Yamaha 90. I have rebuilt the guage panels from teak, but am trying to decide where to put the key swtich and tach. Was thinking to put both on the right side of the console, with the large key switch kind of behind the wheel and the tach to the right of that.

I am a bit concerned that I will a) have enough clearance behind the dash so that the tach does not interfere with the binnacle which protrudes below console top; and b) the key switch being patially behind the wheel and in the way while steering.

How have the rest of you folks handled this situation? Particularly interested if you have installed new Yamaha guages and swtiches... Thanks for your thoughts.



dfmcintyre posted 03-19-2001 11:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Bob -

When we had our Nauset, we had the start switch/choke panel for the Merc to the left of the wheel, on the vertical panel. Thought being was that would give your left hand quick access to the wheel, rather than having to move it across the wheel to the left side, right after starting.

We had an instrument cluster that consisted of (in this order from left to right):

water pressure - tach - speedo - ammeter

This was a custom design out of teak or mahogany (can't remember exactly, probably mahogany) It was tilted at an angle that allowed the pilot to look directly at the gauges, while standing. Why standing some lurkers may be thinking? Go ride on an early hull!

The cluster was mounted centered as far forward as the windshield would allow. And varnished, of course.

It took a few weeks of evenings fitting it all togeather.


Chesapeake posted 03-19-2001 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Don: Thanks. Although I have bastardized the old Nauset enough by awl-gripping the old console, I intend to use the vertical dash panels as in the original design (versus the add on panel on console top). That way, I can also preserve more room on the console top for electronics.

Assuming that is so, I guess you would vote for key switch on left side and tach on right side and fill in any other switches (lights, bilge, accessory) where there is room, correct?


triblet posted 03-19-2001 02:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Think about where the interesting range on
the tach (the high end) will be. Make sure
it won't be hidden beind the steering wheel.


dfmcintyre posted 03-20-2001 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Yes, I'd go for the switch on the left...

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