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BW23 posted 11-07-2002 11:04 AM ET (US)   Profile for BW23   Send Email to BW23  
I'm upgrading the GPS on my 23 Conquest. Does anyone have a unit flush mounted in the panel above the steering wheel? If so, what model? ANy other electronics in that panel?
Mine just has an older Raytheon GPS/Loran and hour meter.
Because of the panel size I'm having a tough time deciding on a unit that will fit there.
Thanks in advance.

tully_mars posted 11-07-2002 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
You can put a lot of units up top if you want. In the hard top on my 23' Conquest I have my Furuno Radar 1622 , VHF, Spotlight control, and CD Player all flush mounted. In the lower panel I have my Garmin GPS and Furuno Fish finder (FCV600L) mounted. You can mount quite a bit of stuff, and pretty good size too. I got the flush mount kits from D&B Marine, they are great and have the best prices I have found on electronics etc..

Tully Mars

tully_mars posted 11-07-2002 11:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
Oh, btw, I redid the electronics completely after I bought the boat, and did this by getting some new Black starboard to replace the starboard face panels in the electronics boxes. The boxes come apart easy (made of starboard) and all you need is 1/4" Black starboard to cut and screw back in. I kept the old panel for scrap pieces since I use starboard all the time for mounting stuff. I used 3/8" starboard for extra strength.

Tully Mars

BW23 posted 11-07-2002 11:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     

What Garmin GPS did you mount in that panel?


ivansfo posted 11-07-2002 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for ivansfo  Send Email to ivansfo     

I managed to squeeze a Furuno 1850 GPS/FF combo plus the 1622 radar unit on the lower electronics box. With the displays right in front of you, it works great. I don't see why anyone would want to mount this stuff in the upper electronics box. In the upper box, I have the VHF mounted and will soon add a CD player.

Here's a picture.

Good luck.

tully_mars posted 11-07-2002 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
The boat came with a Garming GPS Map 230 but I swapped it out with a friend for a Garmin GPS Map 162 so I could use the Blue Charts instead of the chips. The Garmins are flush mountable without an external kit to purchase, Furuno is needs the kit purchased. Raytheon I am not sure about. It works really well.

Tully Mars

BW23 posted 11-07-2002 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     
We'll if you were able to mount the 1850 in there I should be able to get the Garmin 2006 in the also. Both units are 6 1/2" overall height. Now if I can decide if COLOR is worth the money.

Thanks again,

ivansfo posted 11-07-2002 03:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for ivansfo  Send Email to ivansfo     

I should mention I did run into a small problem after putting in the Furuno 1850. I mounted it too far in the center and the display stuck out far enough it was interfering with latch mechanism on the plexi cover. So I had to put in a spacer and remount the locking mechanism.

If the Garmin isn't as thick or if you avoid where the latch hooks up, you should be fine. This is one thing I didn't catch before mounting the display units.

Good luck.


aubv posted 11-07-2002 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

Not sure how big the panel on the Conquest is but I flush mounted the 2006c in the panel above the steering wheel on my 23' OR. The box measures about 21-1/2"L x 7-1/2"H. There is room still available to mount something else. In fact, I went one better I can remove my flush mount GPS in about 15 seconds. Or can completely conceal it in about the same time. I can e-mail pictures if your interested.

BW23 posted 11-08-2002 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     
Looking at your pictures I was curious if you could still use the clear cover. If the 2006 is too deep I will probably move the black panel screw blocks back further to obtain more display depth.
I curious to see the photos. Are you happy with the 2006C ?

Thank guys in advance.

ivansfo posted 11-08-2002 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for ivansfo  Send Email to ivansfo     

The answer is yes. In fact I can still use both covers. The Furuno 1850 comes with a white plastic cover to protect the LCD and buttons. That goes on just fine. Then after than, the original plexi-glass cover can still be used too. I think the distance between the plexi-glass cover and the black starboard is about 1.5-2.0 inches. As best as I can remember, the Furuno display while flush mounted protrudes about .75"

My boat is all tarped up right now for the winter. If you need exact measurements, let me know. I can do some measurements this weekend.


ivansfo posted 11-08-2002 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for ivansfo  Send Email to ivansfo     

One more thing I should mention. After installing the Furuno, I found that the compass came close to not fitting anymore. The bottom of my compass is only about 1/2' from the back of the Furuno unit.


aubv posted 11-08-2002 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

I think the 2006c was worth every penny we spent on it, I took our boat on a 250 mile trip this year and had to travel unknown waters, it was great to be able to look quickly at the GPS for the next buoy and then be able to look out and see the buoy, despite long distances or poor lighting because you know where to look. The easy of use, the ability to simply change the brightness for day or night use, the tide info and the ability to move the cursor to a spot and then navigate to that spot are just some of highlights of the 2006C. Need I go on?

As you will see in the pictures I sent you, we also have the GSD 20. Haven't had a chance to try it as we just got the "in-hull" transducer, which I may mount tomorrow.


bsmotril posted 11-08-2002 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I have the Raytheon suite that was offered for the 98 model year as a sales incentive along with an added Radar and DGPS antenna. Pics of the installation at:
David Pendleton posted 11-11-2002 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     

I'm impressed by the amount of gear you were able to jam in the lower box!

I'm curious about your gauges. What year is your Conquest? Do you who manufactured your gauges?

For the record, I have a Raytheon L470 in the lower box and a Raytheon NAV398 GPS/Loran and a Raytheon Ray52 VHF in the upper box.

I plan on some major changes next year, though.



ivansfo posted 11-12-2002 02:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for ivansfo  Send Email to ivansfo     

To get the stuff installed in the lower box, I had to cut up the black starboard pretty good. Fortunately, the starboard material is pretty strong to hold everything in place.

This is a 2001 Conquest and the gauges are Mercury Smartcrafts. So far they've been working good but I did have to get the speedo replaced. The speedo locked up on my 3 times this season and the only way to clear the condition is to unplug the gauge and reconnect. Dealer replaced it and so far it's been working fine.


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