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Old 10-03-2006, 05:43 PM
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I’m sure this is old hat to some of you but for those that have never done it, hopefully this will help in your future plans. In many cases, when you replace flush mount units, the hole left is bigger than the component replacing it. This was my case in moving from a Raymarine 6001 AP which left a 5 inch circular hole in my dash. The new Nautamatic TR-1 is much narrower, hence the problem:


So a faceplate is needed which can be fabricated in a few minutes at home or at a good plastics shop. I use Prospect Plastics in Lauderdale. This is a piece of seafoam colored (same as dash) starboard, ¼ inch with a ¼ in bullnose and radius (rounded edges and corners) – all of 20 bucks..


And then the new unit goes on and looks like a pro install:

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Great tip Glen. I'm sure I will be using your tip somewhere down the road.
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Good jpb as usual...

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I'm going to redo my dash and was wondering: would it be prohibitively difficult to recore/reglass all of the holes so as to start with a 'blank canvas' so to speak? I don't know yet how I want to do it, but I do know the current setup has got to go and I thought I'd just give that a shot and if nothing else, it would sand back to where it was and I could repaint it. Thoughts?
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Glen, great job. I hope that you enjoy the TR-1 as much as I enjoy mine. It is a great unit. The only thing that might bother you is the on off switch at night. You may have to move it down near your rocker switches (if you have room) That red light may bother you during those night cruises
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harley'sboat - 10/4/2006 7:29 AM

Glen, great job. I hope that you enjoy the TR-1 as much as I enjoy mine. It is a great unit. The only thing that might bother you is the on off switch at night. You may have to move it down near your rocker switches (if you have room) That red light may bother you during those night cruises
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when we were installing they asked me if I would be using at night and I said yes - so they put a black neporene cover over the switch which is now avail from TR-1...kills the light completely to a minor dull glow....

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