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jokor3 posted 07-31-2003 11:56 AM ET (US)   Profile for jokor3   Send Email to jokor3  
O the 15' whaler with the small console, where is the best way to mount gauges so they can be seen? Is there a way of angular mounting them on the face plate? Help....tire of getting on hands and knees to see gauges?
scaleplane posted 07-31-2003 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for scaleplane  Send Email to scaleplane     
Interesting you would ask about this.

I just this past week had a new 40HP Johnson installed on my 1976 15' Sport. When I learned that I would have a tilt/trim guage and a "SLOW" guage, I had asked they be installed on the lower vertical part of the console because I have nice mahogany and I didn't want it cut up. I wasn't totally happy when I picked it up and discovered they had drilled the holes and mounted these guages on the top of the console on the right-hand side. I would have done it differently.

After reading your post, however, perhaps they did the right thing. At least I can see them without stooping!

jimh posted 07-31-2003 11:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Regarding mounting gauges on older Whaler wooden side consoles, please see:

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/15/models.html

I made the sloped wooden enclosure from some scrap plywood. A few coats of stain and varnish were applied. The enclosure has a back, and that is through bolted to the console, so there is minimal change to the original wood. Just two small boat holes are drilled, and one was already there. The location has turned out to be convenient.

mtbadfish posted 08-01-2003 12:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for mtbadfish  Send Email to mtbadfish     
I had asked about this some time back and someone suggested getting angled bezels. I still haven't done anything about it but go to http://www.eddiemarine.com and search on bezel. On the second page you'll see some example with prices.
where2 posted 08-02-2003 12:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
I'll stick with my PVC pipe angled bezels. Eddiemarine wanted $18 each for their beautiful renditions! (that's two tanks of gas for the 15')

The thing that really concerned me about mounting the gauges on the horizontal surface was pooling water against the gauge glass. I've seen seal problems on gauge glass on some older gauges... Maybe if the glass is domed like some of the new Teleflex, it's not such a problem down the road?

Steve Leone posted 08-02-2003 01:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
Honda guages are also beveled. Quite nice. Steve
Over the LINE posted 08-04-2003 07:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Over the LINE  Send Email to Over the LINE     
My 13' had the tach mounted on the vertical panel ("face plate"?). It was impossible to read when I went to LCD. I angled the entire panel. It already had a few screw holes in it so I was not worried about that aspect. I attached small blocks of wood to the back outside edges of the panel, turned the entire panel to the angle I wanted and reinstalled the screws from the outside (port and stbd) of the console. The blocks of wood provided a place for the screws to grab. Took me a week to figure out and about 15 minutes to do.

Hope I explanied well enough.

Good Luck

jokor3 posted 08-04-2003 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for jokor3  Send Email to jokor3     
Thanks all for the comments and advice. Over the line I pretty much did what you did. I cut anles and affixed the from the inside of the console and the cut a bottom piece. I used the original face plate over the angles. Then I made a water and sun visor and affixed it to the top of the angled pieces and over top of the face plate. Stained and varnished and it looks great.

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