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Timo posted 04-10-2002 03:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for Timo   Send Email to Timo  
I just finished a custom console for my 1977 Sport 15 which has an angled dash, similar to the SS, that can accept gauges. I have the Suzuki factory oil gauge and an aftermarket Teleflex tach, as well as a Ritchie F-82.

I will obviously mount them where viewable, but was interested if anyone had an opinion on whether the oil gauge needs to be clearly seen, or just heard (it was mounted down on the panel with the light switch)? Or does a tach generally go to the left or right of the steering bezel? Compass, which will be on the level part of the console should be left, center or right of the steering?

Sorry if this seems trivial...I already have the holes marked but wanted last thoughts before I begin cutting the beautiful mahogany!

DaveS posted 04-10-2002 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
I'm going through the same process, what I've done is look at all the consoles of montauks in the photo log...trying to find a design I like...hope this helps a bit.


lhg posted 04-10-2002 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
The compass should ALWAYS be on the wheel centerline. This is standard marine design convention for years. BW always did this, all models.
Clark Roberts posted 04-11-2002 06:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Suggest that engine "vitals" (Tach, temp, oil, water press...etc) be grouped together in most preferred (high and most visible)location and that "auxiliaries" (hours, trim,fuel, etc) be located in some secondary location. Happy Whalin'... Clark ... SCN
whaleryo posted 04-11-2002 10:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for whaleryo  Send Email to whaleryo     

Can you post or Email some photos of your project? I'd love to see what you've done.


Timo posted 05-02-2002 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Timo  Send Email to Timo     

Sorry for not getting back to you...yes I will post some picks when done. I have finished the console, new side panels and new driver's thwart (will have swivel seats mounted...sorry purists but my back needs a break!). Thanks to all the input from everyone over the winter.

The new rubrail looks great; Twin Cities delivered a perfect product, complete with rivets. Thanks Jimh for the reference, and to others who added their insight.

The woodwork finish is nearly complete; Gauge holes cut based on recommendations, compass on centerline. I initially sealed all end grains with West epoxy. I have applied five coats of Z-Spar Captains varnish...two more to go. Thanks to folks from steering me from staining the wood...natural is definitely the way to go.

New bow light en rout from Twin Cities...

Interior deoxidized/buffed with random orbit buffer; Home depot special worked very well, waxing this weekend.

Exterior will have to be a work-in-in process throughout the summer - paint stripper is virtually useless in the New England winter climate.

USCG has remarked the river...gonna be 70 degrees on Sunday...hope to be in Newburyport by then!

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