Today in the rain/snow I started my electronics install. The boat came without electronics but the former owner didn't remove two brackets on top of the cc so I'll remove them and fill the holes when I'm done the install. I bought everything from BOE Marine and got it all the very next day. My new Garmin 740S came with a gasket and so did the Fusion Stereo but the Standard Horizon VHF radio did not. Do you think I should add a bead of caulk around the VHF? Also, I was thinking of putting some 5200 or caulk on the screws and re-tighten. Is that a good idea? Tomorrow, I'll do the wiring inside the cc, run the speaker wires, install the speakers, etc. So far, it's taken me 3 hours including gathering up my tools, etc. before starting, etc. Here are a few pics.
Blue tape to reduce chipping.
After fooling around with the templates for at least 1/2 hour, I finally got them where I want them:
All three units flush mounted. Take a look above the right side of the Fusion stereo and you'll see one hole. The former owner had a microphone hanger there. I was able to cover two holes with the stereo but I couldn't get the radio high enough to cover this hole due to clearance issues inside the cc.