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Old 05-15-2007, 08:54 AM   #1
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We have a 23 Open. The left panel has a "tray" that the guages are mounted in and it works well. The right side is just open. It shows the exposed wires and all the junk in the console.

We'd like to put a panel or something to flush mount the GPS, Radio, Etc. on the right side. Anybody have some pictures of what they've done? Is there a OEM electronics "tray" or "insert" that would just screw in to the existing opening?
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Old 05-15-2007, 08:58 AM   #2
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You have this console in the 21 Open?


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Old 05-16-2007, 12:39 AM   #3
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Yeah, that's just like ours but the prior owner cut the back out off the right hand compartment. I'd like to find a replacement.......................If not, I'll have to rig something?
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Old 05-16-2007, 06:13 AM   #4
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I'd have to say this is one of the worst designs I've ever owned for a center console. Notice the lower corners of the inserts don't even align, ours is the same way.

Our plan is to remove both inserts and make one big one with a flat mounting panel so that a modern sized (10.5") unit can be flush mounted. It will have a removable locking cover that can be stored under the console when not in use. Previous owner cut the back out of ours also so either way we would have to replace the RH insert.

I wish the windshield didn't mount so far down the console so that a hatch could be cut into the front of the console for access to the wiring inside. We are thinking of putting one in anyway, and then just remove the windshield to get to it.

Even so, bad console design and all, I love the boat.
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Old 05-16-2007, 08:31 AM   #5
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Yeah, I agree. I'd love to see how your modification works out. Post it if you can & good luck.
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Old 05-16-2007, 10:28 AM   #6
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That is a dash for modification for sure. Been there done it. Get rid of the inserts and cover with starboard. Router the edges and it looks factory.
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That is a dash for modification for sure. Been there done it. Get rid of the inserts and cover with starboard. Router the edges and it looks factory.
yeah, but how do you cover the electronics when washing down or storing the boat if the starboard is mounted over the top of the existing holes?
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Get a canvas cover for it.
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Old 05-17-2007, 04:30 PM   #9
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why would you need a cover if all of the electronics are waterproof?

My furuno has a plastic cover, as will my Garmin 4212.
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Shin Dig,
Cannot wait to see your dash with the 4212 in it.
And here in NJ with all of the Pine Trees, you cover your dash not for just water, but for dirt, pollen and needles too.
Much nicer shaking off a canvas cover then cleaning your dash.

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get a canvas cover - keep stuff out of sight and UV still takes a toll on things that are waterproof....
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Old 05-17-2007, 08:30 PM   #12
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Yeah, it just seems like in a small boat - with no curtains - leaving the electronics totally open to water, dirt, etc. is not the best. What about in cold weather? Is it okay to leave the electronics out in the cold? We bring ours inside. Maybe it's not neccesary?

THanks for all the replies. I'd love to see more "custom" consoles - keep th epics comming!!
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I used to have canvas that went over the entire console but that was a PIA and scratched the plex shield. I had a cover made just for the dash and wheel this time that works perfect.

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Shin Dig,
Cannot wait to see your dash with the 4212 in it.
And here in NJ with all of the Pine Trees, you cover your dash not for just water, but for dirt, pollen and needles too.
Much nicer shaking off a canvas cover then cleaning your dash.
I have a full length cover
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I have done some that are removable with pins like a door hinge at the top and latch at the bottom. Leave enough slack in the cables for flipping up the starboard and slide door to the right and its off. Works very well for someone leaving a boat in storage where theft could happen.
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I have done some that are removable with pins like a door hinge at the top and latch at the bottom. Leave enough slack in the cables for flipping up the starboard and slide door to the right and its off. Works very well for someone leaving a boat in storage where theft could happen.
here is swampro's idea that works great - I did this on my last donzi with a deep lower electronics box. Pull the pins, slide the barrel bolts and disconnect the components...take it with you - worked great - make sure you use 1/2 " starboard so it does not warp...
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Our plan is to build one large flat pod that fits into the space that occupies the existing two openings, with a single flat mounting surface. The front of the pod will follow the contour of the dash.
Another flat panel will cover the electronics and lock into place, it will probably be made out af a solid color acrylic.

Not sure on many details yet, but that is the plan.

I'm not too good at drawing on the computer but here is a rough idea;



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I have done some that are removable with pins like a door hinge at the top and latch at the bottom. Leave enough slack in the cables for flipping up the starboard and slide door to the right and its off. Works very well for someone leaving a boat in storage where theft could happen.
here is swampro's idea that works great - I did this on my last donzi with a deep lower electronics box. Pull the pins, slide the barrel bolts and disconnect the components...take it with you - worked great - make sure you use 1/2 " starboard so it does not warp...

That is AWESOME!!
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Our plan is to build one large flat pod that fits into the space that occupies the existing two openings, with a single flat mounting surface. The front of the pod will follow the contour of the dash.
Another flat panel will cover the electronics and lock into place, it will probably be made out af a solid color acrylic.

Not sure on many details yet, but that is the plan.

I'm not too good at drawing on the computer but here is a rough idea;

I'd say you're pretty good at drawing on the computer. It's a good idea. If you do it POST IT!!


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that is some sweet craftmanship glen
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