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Old 10-09-2006, 05:41 PM
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So at the boat shows last year I saw a number of companies (at least 2 were local to miami/ft laud) that had some great looking gauge panels. Anything from carbon fiber to silkscreened sunsets and sailfish. I'd rather go with something like this than starboard, was pretty impressed with how they looked and honestly I think it would pay off in resale value just in that it would make the boat look that much "newer."

At the time I didn't bother since they all basically told me the boat show traffic backed them up 2-3x longer than normal, and at the time I wasn't sure what electronics I was going to be adding. I'm thinking maybe I should try to get a jump on it now.

Anyone have any recommendations? I have a 20"x10" panel that I'd like to do some minor rearranging on. Ballpark they were quoting me a couple hundred bucks with laser etching for labels / backlighting etc.

I'd also be interested in seeing some shots of various gauge layouts - mine is simple, tach/speedo/tach across the top and then 7 smaller gauges for trim, temp, volts, fuel. I replaced my speedo with a Navman 3100 and am happy overall but wondering if I'll want the same layout if I ever get around to repowering.
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www.prospectplastics.com - they do it all....they ain't cheap....
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There is a guy on classicmako.com named scott that makes some fantastic stuff, pretty cheap too. Maybe ringleader or warthog can stick his info here.
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If you do your own layout / artwork on the computer and save it as an image (e.g. jpg), you can email it to an engraver. I used an oufit (once) that was very inexpensive. Had an annunciator panel made for a doctor's office and it turned out well. No vested interest, just a one time user of:
http://www.plaquemaker.com/
I used stock from the page:
http://www.plaquemaker.com/Plates/OutdoorPlates.html
Don't know if they can do the job for you or have the appropriate material, but maybe worth a look.

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Electric Panel's Custom made to order with good price's
Scott Cambra
Vector Imaging CNC Laser Machining
scott.cam@verizon.net
Phone (508) 730 2954

http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=12066

He does diffrent stuff too.
http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=11907

http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...?TOPIC_ID=9743





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Hey Bobby those are some nice work's.

By the way the same group with the addition of Farmer J ane should be back in Fl. this comimg May

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GREAT The boat will be ready to chase Cobia.
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Guys, those all look good but the panels I'm thinking of were definitely "the next step up" appearance wise and I think they were some combination of an aluminum backplate with an acrylic (?) on top. Don't hold me to that though.

Here's an example, OEM on a Concept CC - this is absolutely too much bling for me but the same companies that had designs like this produced some nice solid/textured blue panels that I thought would look good:

http://images.traderonline.com/img/6...85242498_8.jpg

Like I said, talking it over with the guys on the floor it sounded like $250 give or take a bit could get me a single panel with cutouts and laser etching for backlit switch labels. Now if only I could figure out where I put all that crap from the show...

Edit: Aha, this is more like what I am looking for:

http://images.traderonline.com/img/6...85734557_3.jpg

Mine would only be about 1/4 of that, a single panel for the gauges and switches.
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AdamLotz - 10/9/2006 5:41 PM So at the boat shows last year I saw a number of companies (at least 2 were local to miami/ft laud) that had some great looking gauge panels. Anything from carbon fiber to silkscreened sunsets and sailfish. I'd rather go with something like this than starboard, was pretty impressed with how they looked and honestly I think it would pay off in resale value just in that it would make the boat look that much "newer." At the time I didn't bother since they all basically told me the boat show traffic backed them up 2-3x longer than normal, and at the time I wasn't sure what electronics I was going to be adding. I'm thinking maybe I should try to get a jump on it now. Anyone have any recommendations? I have a 20"x10" panel that I'd like to do some minor rearranging on. Ballpark they were quoting me a couple hundred bucks with laser etching for labels / backlighting etc. I'd also be interested in seeing some shots of various gauge layouts - mine is simple, tach/speedo/tach across the top and then 7 smaller gauges for trim, temp, volts, fuel. I replaced my speedo with a Navman 3100 and am happy overall but wondering if I'll want the same layout if I ever get around to repowering.
I have 3 different dash plates for twin engines that have never been used. You may be able to make one of them work. Let me know if you want me to email pics.

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