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150 Sport Console
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posted 07-30-2003 11:13 AM ET (US)
One thing I've noticed about the 150 Sport is that the console sure isn't very friendly for adding accessories! There's room for a couple of SMALL gauges below the tach, but at least on my boat, the capacity plate and some other lawyer label is on the vertical dash right below that. Speaking of the tach, do others find the steering wheel blocks your view of the top part of it?
The top of the console is a compound curve in both directions, useless not only for a flush mount compass, but just as bad for a surface or bracket mount as well. I'm reserving the flat area to the right for a Garmin 188c one of these days.
The second thing going in (after the compass) is going to be an Icom 402S VHF and I plan to mount a 4' antenna on a rachet rail mount on the bimini top, like so:
Not sure where I'm going to put the radio though. I'd like it on the left side of the console, so a passenger could get to it in an emergency. I've thought of epoxing wood up under the dash to mount the radio on.
But back to the compass. I'm wondering if the Ritchie Trek flush-mount will fit down in one of the cup holders, or the hole cut for one. It needs a 3" diameter hole.
Anyone have any pictures of how you've added equipment like this to a 150 Sport? If so, please post a URL or just email 'em to me.
posted 08-04-2003 08:27 AM ET (US)
Bought the Ritchie F50 Explorer. It's 1/32" too wide to fit IN a cup holder, but the flange is larger than the cup holder anyway. Gonna replace the middle cupholder with it.
Also bought an Icom 402S. Any ideas? Says it needs to be 1 meter from compass, but that doesn't seem to be possible here. Left side of console is definitely out.
Fire extinguisher. Where'd you mount yours? I'm thinkin' sideways under the Mercury control.
posted 08-04-2003 10:00 AM ET (US)
I feel you pain regarding mounting options on the 150 console. I had my dealer install a verticle mount smaller profile Richie compass to the lower left hand side of the helm. It is actually just past verticle to the bow, but the compass floats without impairment just fine. I went small profile now knowing that I will add a gps/fishfinder, etc. in the future and that will go on horizontal surface to the right of the tach. Also, just below the compass on the most verticle part of the console, I installed a 12v power point. My fire extinguisher is mounted sideways on the bench seat support, opposite the fuel tank. It fits nicely next to a pfd bag that tucks under the starboard side of the bench. This is certainly not perfect since it is so close to the fuel tank, but it works. Finally, I had the composite wheel replaced with a stainless whaler style wheel, and added a power knob. No problems reading any of the gauges, and the power knob works great even with the teleflex steering. Hope this helps! Enjoy the Toy - Budman.
posted 08-04-2003 11:30 AM ET (US)
A Richie F-50 compass will fit in the hole where the cup holders are. The cup holder must be removed for the compass to be installed.
posted 08-04-2003 04:46 PM ET (US)
Thanks guys! A power point is a great idea. Sounds like I'll be diggin' silicone from under a cup holder tonight to get that compass in.
Still head-scratchin' about that radio.
posted 08-12-2003 04:29 PM ET (US)
You guys might want to consider adding a stainless rail to the console much like the rail around the windscreen on the montauk, to this you can mount navpods usually installed in new sailboat cockpit applications. If I have time I will sketch up my idea.
posted 08-12-2003 10:57 PM ET (US)
Thanks, George. Look forward to seeing it.
In the meantime, here's a look at the Ritchie F50 compass in the cup holder, and the Icom 402S mounted by drilling out the rivets on the max engine weight plate, and using those holes for the radio bracket. Had to very slightly open up the holes in the plastic bracket.
Originally intended to mount the radio more horizontal using aluminum or stainless angle behind the dash, using the rivet holes of that plate also, but haven't found the stock to do that with yet. I used button head stainless machine screws which look like slightly larger versions of the original rivets. I'm getting used to the radio there and may just leave it as is.
I like the mike in that location because it's easy to key without taking my hand off the wheel. Both the mike and radio have to be a lot closer than that to the compass to visibly affect it.
You can also see the 4' Digital Antenna 528 folded down over the bimini braces.
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