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Standard Horizon CPF300i New Installation
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posted 07-28-2009 09:41 AM ET (US)
I just completed installation of a new Standard Horizon CPF300i. With some discussion on other related units and sunlight viewing capability, I was pleased with this units viewing in direct sunlight. I had to fabricate a new panel and shift other gauges around but did manage to squeeze all necessary gauges in. Here's what it looks like.
The images were taken a Noon with full sunlight directly overhead. Shadows are visible in some of the shots.
posted 07-29-2009 05:31 PM ET (US)
Nice fit and thanks for the feed back hope Pete has better luck with his brightness on his Ray although I presume not as he has not come bounding back with a reply
Yours looks brighter than my older Navman sounder and chart and they are more than adequate for viewing even with sunglasses on.
My HDS-5 still not fitted as hols and now finally arrival of my dual control for my kicker and main has taken priority
posted 08-03-2009 07:57 AM ET (US)
I will say that when actually out on the water, the sun radiates a bit more glare and the screen is a bit less visible, especially if you are viewing from more than a 30 degree angle or so. Nonetheless, still plenty clear.
posted 08-05-2009 07:59 AM ET (US)
That was a nice construction job in fabricating the new panel. It looks like the layout was rather critical. These older Boston Whaler boat helm dashboards do not have a lot of extra space for modern electronics.
posted 08-05-2009 09:03 AM ET (US)
There were several factors that led me to the Standard Horizon CPF300i unit. One was fitment. Others were price, ability to re-use charts from my previous Standard Horizon CP150 C, and screen resolution (I did not need the fancy 3-D presentation although it looks really cool) The comparable screen size units of Lowrance HDS-7 and Raymarine A57D have case dimensions just beyond the limits of my dash panel and I wanted a flush-mounted unit. So the stars were somewhat aligned.
The panel was fabricated from IPE wood milled to a thickness of 5/16" and remained quite rigid even with the larger cut-out for the radio. The edges of the new panel are chamfered 1/8" and clearance beyond that is only 1/8" to either gauges or the unit case. I also have a blank panel of 1/8" aluminum but it would have been a bit harder to work with. If for some reason the IPE does not stand the test of time, I have a back-up. A couple coats of West Systems epoxy to seal the wood and a "hammered" spraypaint finish blends nicely with the surrounding textured vinyl. I wish I could find a supplier of that textured vinyl.
posted 08-05-2009 09:13 AM ET (US)
I believe that the vinyl applique used on classic Boston Whaler boats on their helm dashboards is called Mat-Tak or Mat-Tack. I discovered, quite accidently, that hydraulic fluid such as used in hydraulic steering systems makes a good restorer for the material.
posted 08-05-2009 09:27 AM ET (US)
I researched the material some time ago here on CW (there are a couple threads mentioning it) but no actual sources were able to be identified. A internet search also produced nothing of similar make-up. Magic Brush was one source mentioned, but it seems the material Janis was able to put her hands on was smooth vinyl. I have had to trim some of the corners on the flat console area on the port side of the wheel house and have a hole or 2 on each side where previous electronics have been mounted. Maybe it's time to embark on another would-wide search.
posted 08-10-2009 05:25 PM ET (US)
You will enjoy that unit. I have one mounted on my 30 SeaRay and have extra mount and wiring harness so I can take it off and put on my 15. Hardly ever look at my depth sounder and it gets me back down the lake and into the marina after a night of Walleye fishing.
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