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Offline AJFishin

Dashboard reconfigure
« on: February 10, 2019, 10:48:32 PM »
Nothing major just figured I'd share.

Got tired of my cramped dashboard which became even more cramped now with my new 7" Garmin which was blocking my tach.

Before with Humminbird Helix 5


Cramped with a Garmin echomap 74


This week I went ahead and removed my VHF radio and tach so I can move the tach to the far right. I've also been contemplating adding a fuel gauge, but still 50/50 on it.

After removing the radio and tach, I fiberglassed and patched up the holes, sanded and repainted. My color matching wasn't the greatest, it came out a little on the grey side and not a cream color, just really ugly. So I removed all of the new paint and I'll mix up a batch of paint later on.

This is filler not paint





I was thinking of putting back the vinyl stickers on the dash wall, but I wanted something with a little more pop, so I went with black ABS board that I will put on both sides of my dashboard walls.
I used my Dremel to cut out the driver side piece, then I used a heat gun, while I had the piece screwed in place, to make the plastic bend and take shape to the wall, worked out great.




Tonight I decided to cut a hole for my tach because I wanted to see how it will look before moving forward, so far so good. But as you can see I still have some painting to do.


I'm also working on a board that my VHF radio will be attached to in its new location.
I saw where Fisherdv's had his radio and thought it was an ideal spot, so I copied it, thanks Fisher.👍
It will work out great for me because I'll still be able to see my radio, have it within reach, but it will be out of the way.
I have a extra cutting board so I went ahead and used it, as it should work for what I have planned.
The beginnings.


My work continues....
« Last Edit: February 10, 2019, 11:02:36 PM by AJFishin »
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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2019, 11:21:35 PM »

Looks great. Nice and clean.  :clap:
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Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2019, 06:17:50 AM »
X2, looks great. Very nice work on the black plastic. 👍 Same shape as the black, stick on vinyl Arima uses.
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Offline Rokefin

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2019, 11:55:16 AM »
X3, look'n good!
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Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2019, 03:09:16 PM »
Nice work!  This looks great and I'll be able to take a page from your work.

I'm in the process of re-doing the black plastic sand-grip paper that started peeling off this past summer.  Decided to use thin black Seadek and so far it's starting to look good.  Always way more work than when you first plan it though.... :shrug9:
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Offline AJFishin

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2019, 03:27:18 PM »
Thank you guys.
Been thinking while doing this project, I think I'm going to relocate my switch panel and accessory panel too, so more fiberglass work in my future. Glad I enjoy doing fiberglass work and like the smell of resin, reminds me of my surfing days and surf shops. But first I need to do our taxes and then back to it, keep the coffee coming
« Last Edit: February 11, 2019, 03:47:09 PM by AJFishin »
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Offline jamaica

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2019, 04:21:18 PM »
I really like the black abs solution for the coverings. I've been trying to come up with something nice to replace the deteriorating stick on stuff that looks terrible. Tap plastics here I come! Thanks
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Offline AJFishin

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2019, 04:39:28 PM »
I really like the black abs solution for the coverings. I've been trying to come up with something nice to replace the deteriorating stick on stuff that looks terrible. Tap plastics here I come! Thanks

This is the board I bought on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000K4YNLI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2019, 05:19:10 PM »
Nicely done. 

I am apparently not as ambitious/talented.  I simply acquired a piece of 1/4" black starboard and went at it with a heat gun.  Once configured, trimmed it up with a jig saw.  Attached with stainless screws and upholstery washers...

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Offline fishmiester

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2019, 06:58:01 PM »
That's lookin really nice A J. Where is the radio going to end up?
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Offline AJFishin

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2019, 03:13:41 PM »
That's lookin really nice A J. Where is the radio going to end up?

My plan is to mount it under the dash near the steering wheel.
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Offline AJFishin

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2019, 10:14:12 PM »
Had a little bit of time today to get some painting done and complete my VHF radio mount and install it.
I went with Rust Oluem Topside gloss white paint because it was hard to beat the price. I read a lot reviews, talked with some guys that used it to paint their hulls, decks, consoles, etc, and I even talked with Rust Oluem. Everything checked out good so I went ahead and used it, and it worked out well.

I mix my paint and got it as close to stock color as I could. I used gloss white, a little yellow, and a little bit of brown as this was my best color combo.




Masked off the area and paint
I had a brain fart I wasn't thinking, I should have masked straight across the bottom, instead of going around the troubled spots😬. But I have some left over paint so I'm going to attempt to fix it it, if not oh well.🙃



Here's my VHF radio mount that I used 3 stainless steel "L" brackets and one needed a extension to reach a thick wood area under the dash.



Mounted in place



I haven't started sanding and feathering the paint yet, I'm going to need a few days for it to dry hard, and with the temps in high 50's, it's going to take some time.



My work continues on......
« Last Edit: February 17, 2019, 09:30:15 AM by AJFishin »
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Offline BRETT

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2019, 07:32:41 AM »
Rearranged my dash last year, Very happy with new config!
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Offline AJFishin

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2019, 09:24:25 AM »
I wish I had that much room on my dash. I like the radio, that's been a thought of mine for some time to get one, if I decide to replace my Bluetooth speaker.
« Last Edit: February 17, 2019, 09:28:38 AM by AJFishin »
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Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2019, 10:53:19 AM »
Nice work AJ👍. You will like the VHF there. With the limited space we have, I think it’s the perfect spot. Also allows easy access for passengers.
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Offline AJFishin

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2019, 03:46:34 PM »
Totally agree Fisher, it's a great location, nothing gets in the way of it. Thanks again for help :beerchug:
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Offline AJFishin

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2019, 08:44:33 PM »
Finished up tonight, decided since the black panel is going over the painted area, no need for sanding. I'm still debating on a fuel gauge and moving my switch panel, it's not an easy decision to cut holes in a boat😬.
Anyway I wanted to get the main thing done so I can get back on the water, so for now I'm done.😁

Made myself a little cable cozy :jester:

   

Now I'm able to move around my FF and not have it obstruct my tach or radio.



All lit up


« Last Edit: February 17, 2019, 08:55:05 PM by AJFishin »
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Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2019, 08:56:56 PM »
Very nice! Now you have plenty of room for a 12” ff  :bigshock: :beerchug:
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Offline AJFishin

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2019, 10:37:07 PM »
Very nice! Now you have plenty of room for a 12” ff  :bigshock: :beerchug:

Maybe next year  :jester:
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Offline mustang65fbk

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2019, 12:38:05 PM »
That's an interesting location for the VHF radio.  I've never seen one flush mounted into the dash like that before as they usually are mounted with a bracket underneath or run parallel upward.  Looks much better and with much more space and less clutter.
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Offline AJFishin

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2019, 02:31:34 PM »
I have to thank Fisherdv for that location, I saw his and copied it.
It's completely out of the way, easy to see and reach, plus having less clutter is a bonus.
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Offline AJFishin

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #22 on: May 18, 2019, 12:53:39 PM »
I just relocated my switch panel to the side wall of the boat, like how they're on the newer Arima's.
Then instead of fiberglassing the hole the old switch panel was in, I added a fuel gauge so I can have an idea of what's in my tank since my bait tank sits in front of my tanks view.


« Last Edit: May 18, 2019, 08:08:58 PM by AJFishin »
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Offline Marine40

Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #23 on: May 18, 2019, 01:29:33 PM »
Moderators can we tag this post for being a complete show off? :bigshock:

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Re: Dashboard reconfigure
« Reply #24 on: May 18, 2019, 01:57:38 PM »
Nice work AJ! Looking good  :beerchug: I think you’ll be happy with the switch panel there.
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