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Dauntless17 posted 04-29-2002 12:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dauntless17   Send Email to Dauntless17  
I have a fishfinder that I am removing from my console. Where it was mounted (by the previous owner) is difficult to see thru the steering wheel. I am going to mount my VHF in its place since I rarely need to actually see the VHF. The fishfinder was mounted in a 4.5"x4.5" hole cut into the panel. The VHF is 5.25"x2", so I need to fill about a 4.5"x2.5" hole. It is in the area of the console where there is about 1" thick plywood behind the fiberglass.

What is the best way to make this look professional? I was expecting to use fiberlass/gelcoat, so any suggestions on how to do this would greatly be appreciated as I have never done this before. Any other methods you might suggest as well?

Thanks in advance,

-Warren

simonmeridew posted 04-29-2002 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
You might think about getting a nice piece of teak or mahagony a little bigger than the hole in the console and mount the VHF in the middle of it and fasten the wood over the hole.
I remember discussing this with someone else on the board last summer who cut the hole for the radio too high under the throttle lever; forgot about the cables and such which stick down under the lever and the radio wouldn't fit. So a piece of oversize wood covered the hole and made for a nice custom look
simonmeridew
aubv posted 04-29-2002 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
I just mounted my GPS/Chartplotter in E box, used Starboard for the first time. Easy to work with, available in white black and grey and comes in 1/4" to 3/4" thick sheets. I work with mahogany all the time and there is nothing quite like the tigering grain found in some mahogany but....Starboard = no maintenance.

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