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mikey morra posted 11-28-2001 01:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for mikey morra   Send Email to mikey morra  
Hey guys, reworking my CC any ideas on panel replacements?? Are the old school ones still around?? Thanks Mike
Bigshot posted 11-28-2001 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Mikey, how about a tab bit more info.?
Tom W Clark posted 11-28-2001 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
mikey, are you talking about the teak 1/4" plywodd panels or the flat black aluminum panels?

If the former, just get some ply and make them. Hell, send me the dimensions and I'll make them for you from the scrap marine grade plywood I have.

If the latter, try a custom electrical panel maker like: M & I Systems Inc. 206-547-7899, or make your own with hardware store aluminum and flat black spray paint.

george nagy posted 11-28-2001 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
I actually used some aluminum plates to stiffen the fiberglass console on my 15' so the helm would be securely fastened. To cut down on glare I used black wrinkle finish paint I purchased from my local auto parts store. It works best to let the metal heat in the sun as I remember and boy did that hold up great over years of salt and sun exposure. Try it it is cheap but looks very nice like the original. You can't beat the rigidness of the alum for mounting either.
lhg posted 11-28-2001 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I would imagine they are still available from Whaler, or their OEM if anybody knows who it is. These are still being used in the Montauk, and even are the same size as the ones used for the super consoles (but turned sideways).
andygere posted 11-29-2001 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Who is your supplier for teak faced 1/4 inch plywood? I plan to rewire my '79 Montauk next year, and the guages and switches are set into a teak ply panel that goes the width of the console and is about 4 or 4-1/2 inches wide. I like the way the teak ply matches the louver doors and seatback, but I haven't had any luck finding a local supplier, nevermind one that's willing to sell less than a full sheet.
jward posted 11-29-2001 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for jward  Send Email to jward     
I bought teak swim steps from west marine and belt sanded the ribs off (ribs are to keep your feet from slipping when wet) to make nice solid teak gauge holders.

mikey morra posted 11-29-2001 06:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikey morra  Send Email to mikey morra     
Hey thanks for all the great info...I was trying to replace the original black metal panels but you guys got me going on some other thoughts...I also used som 1/4" corian worked great -just tricky to work with.I've got pics if you'd like to see.Thanks,Mikey
lhg posted 11-29-2001 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I recently saw a Super Console with replacement instrument panels made from 1/8" black (non-transparent) plexiglass. They looked nice.
Tom W Clark posted 11-29-2001 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

I can get that plywood from any of a number of sources here in Seattle. The plywood I used on my 1980 Montauk and my 1983 Outrage was purchased from Home Builder's Center 206-283-6060. They are just a hardware store (Tru-Value perhaps?) that for whatever reason (perhaps their proximity to the fishing fleet and the boat yards?) has for years been a source for marine grade plywood and they will sell you a quarter sheet if you like. They are actually a "home owner" type store, not a contractor's supplier.

Other good places here in Seattle include Compton Lumber 206-623-5010, Crosscut Hardwoods 206-623-0334, Edensaw Woods Ltd. 206-587-0970

There used to be a place up in Anacortes called, I believe, Flounder Bay Lumber. They were or are sellers of especially high quality lumber. They used to assert that while the vast majority of marine grade plywood is made in the Pacific Northwest, it was not good enough for them. They had more exotic sources, and prices to match.

But all these suppliers are all up here not down in Santa Cruz. If you need some for your Montauk I'd be happy to send you some, though I just went down to see what I really have and it appears that the stuff I have may be more contemporary than the stuff I bought in 1986 and 1990 when I redid the two aforementioned Whalers. What I have is Teak veneer, 1 side only. It is three ply, made of, I presume, Luan (Philippine Mahogany). It is what now goes for 1/4" but is actually a 5 mm thickness. True thickness by my calipers appears to be 3/16" - 7/32"

bdb posted 11-30-2001 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
I had to replace my aluminum panels last year. I used 1/4" black King Starboard. It has worked out very well; has a nice non-glare, scratch hiding crinkle finish.
andygere posted 11-30-2001 10:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I'm pretty sure the ply on my console is just faced with teak veneer, but that's fine. I'd love to take you up on your offer for a small piece, so I'll e-mail you to discuss payment etc.

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