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#278296 - 12/27/06 07:34 AM Is your helm station/dash panel interesting?  
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#278299 - 12/27/06 08:15 AM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: seabuddy]  
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That is alligator pattern vinyl gauge faceplate background and cockpit surround on an older Chris Craft.

#278308 - 12/27/06 09:05 AM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: seabuddy]  
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Unless the boat (or auto for that matter) is "mint", I would rather go for a mix of old and new, say an older boat with a modern looking steering wheel and updated gauges.

But again, if the boat is mint, then you don't want to destroy its value or original looks.


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#278315 - 12/27/06 09:26 AM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: Al]  
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How about on a 2003 - 2007 model boat?

#278317 - 12/27/06 09:34 AM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: seabuddy]  
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 Quote:
Is your helm station/dash panel interesting?


No, not at all. It looks like an attempt to copy an automotive dash panel.

Personally, I would much rather have one that looks like it belongs on a boat. Clean, flat, and everything easy to read and reach. Toggle or rocker switches instead of roary switches hith hard to read labels, Contrasting black labels on a clean white background, Same for gauges. And oriented with the realization that the operator may be standing while operating the boat.

#278320 - 12/27/06 09:49 AM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: rwidman]  
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How much room left for electronics would you like/have?

#278329 - 12/27/06 10:28 AM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: seabuddy]  
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 Originally Posted By: seabuddy
How much room left for electronics would you like/have?


Enough for a chart plotter at least. And a fuel flow gauge. I had to mount the plotter on top of the dash. At least that way I can angle it for better viewing. And the OEM hour meter is under the dash so it doesn't get viewed much.

This isn't my boat, but one like it.



I moved the compass to the right and installed the chart plotter where the compass was.


#278330 - 12/27/06 10:31 AM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: seabuddy]  
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Back in the 50's and 60's the boat manufacturers were looking for that automobile look.I kind of like it, and C C was always on the leading edge of design.

Kevin

#278334 - 12/27/06 10:56 AM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: chris-crafter]  
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STandard looking dash panel. One of the better looking panels is the custom one that FR did on the old Sunrunner.

Even though I have only a standard issue bowrider, I wish they would have left some extra room for a small GPS unit/fish finder type set up. I personally do not like to mount anything on top of the dash or on the side. I much prefer the built in look. I am thinking of reconfiguring the dash and eliminating some gauges to install a multifunction digital unit.


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#278353 - 12/27/06 11:52 AM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: WaterMutt]  
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I liked the dash that FR made for one of his previous boats.
It suited the style of the boat.

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#278375 - 12/27/06 01:51 PM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: MarkHB]  
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Mine is pretty boring, but I got a Hawaiian Hula bobble-girl for Christmas that should liven it up a little...

#278376 - 12/27/06 02:03 PM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: trooplewis]  
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Have seen some retro looking dashes that look very nice. Mine is ok - nothing special. the dash in my last boat (Bayliner 205) was nicer looking.


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#278379 - 12/27/06 02:18 PM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: MarkHB]  
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Thanks Mark! Here's a before/after shot of the Sun Runner helm:




I had fun with that project, made a whole new boat out of it! Pretty sure it's a major reason why it sold so fast too.

As for "interesting", I love the helm in the houseboat too! I don't need any fancy instruments on Utah Lake, but when we move her back to Lake Powell there's still plenty of room for some electronic toys! (and there may be a new gauge layout in the future too!)
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#278429 - 12/27/06 06:39 PM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: Frantically Relaxing]  
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I guess you might say it's interesting. Lots of things to watch and get info from, plus a pot of hot coffee! What more could you ask for???



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#278499 - 12/27/06 11:54 PM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I also like to have everything flush mount as much as possible.



Next season, I am ripping out the depth finder in the upper right corner of the dash and replacing it with a DSM 300 depth finder/sounder, which will be displayed in the multi-function display. I am also gonna put a Raymarine ST60+ graphic display to the left of the VHF radio, flush mounted as well.



The graphic display is a "repeater" that can display up to 4 parameters as well as graphs and such for selected items that appear on the SeaTalk bus. Since the boat has no depth or speed gauges other than what is available from the C-80 (and those are in small fonts), it will allow me to display critical depth and information on a dedicated display in large font numbers.

I have some more goodies planned for the helm, but one issue is finding a place for everything. That will be a challenge.



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#278520 - 12/28/06 02:14 AM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: seabuddy]  
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 Originally Posted By: seabuddy


A play boat doesn't have a need for electronics, so I would say that is pretty cool. Ski boats could get away with this too. But most ski boat helms are very similar to yer standard bowrider. Given the price tag ski boats get, I've always been puzzled that they aren't more adventurous in design.

Kelly

#278887 - 12/29/06 01:35 PM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: KCook]  
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Kelly and SB, I must say I'm not too fond of that dash. I want a boat to look like a boat, not a car. No matter how much I liked a boat, if the dash looked like that I wouldn't buy it.

Sign me....

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#278920 - 12/29/06 03:24 PM Re: Is your helm station/dash panel interesting? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Not at all interesting. Very boring.


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