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130 SPORT Console Repair
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posted 11-09-2005 05:49 PM ET (US)
I have a 2002 130 SPORT. The console is ruined by the installation of all things, a drink holder recessed into the only spot suitable for mounting a compass or fishfinder. Was this dealer-installed, dealer-ruined? Any suggestions on what I can do [to repair or replace the cup holder so that a compass or fishfinder can be mounted in that place] without totally messing up the console?
posted 11-12-2005 10:39 AM ET (US)
[This question was appended to another discussion on 130 SPORT boats which is now closed to further comment.]
posted 11-12-2005 01:46 PM ET (US)
A Ritchie F50 compass will perfectly replace one of Whaler's drink holders with no additional cutting. This was one of the first mods I made to my 150 Sport.
posted 11-12-2005 08:18 PM ET (US)
I did the same thing and it worked out well!
posted 11-14-2005 12:20 PM ET (US)
I mounted my 178C GPS on the curved portion of the console behind wheel and just to the right of centerline.
Use a piece of 3/4" plastic cut to match the round profile of the mounting bracket base. Hollow out the bottom on a belt sander, or by hand, to fit the contour of console. This provided a nice stable surface to secure the electronics bracket.
The flat surface doesn't need to be level (front to back)since you will be tilting the electronics up to see them anyway.
A compass is the one thing I have not added (chart plotter works great). I keep a hand held in the console for emergency.
I find the drink holder useful. It holds the Hand Held VHF or drinks while fishing.
posted 11-16-2005 08:16 PM ET (US)
I did the same as Fish Stick on my '05 130 Sport and it works great.
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