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Old 08-27-2014, 01:01 AM
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Hello all,

I am purchasing a used boat and the current flush mounted GPS is a older Furuno model. Do I need to hire someone to replace that one with a new Garmin GPSMAP 741xs which is a 7" GPS it looks like.

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Here is a before an after of a flush mount we did this week on a 23 Regulator. The boat is owned by a THT Member. BEFORE Name:  E4ECCC48-FB17-410A-9167-B40AFEBB63FC_zps52x2c9oz.jpg
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Here is a video we did on how to cut fiberglass amd flush mount things
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Flush mounting is extremely easy. The GPS comes with a template that you stick to the surface you will need to cut. Then you simply cut on the line right through the sticker and drill where it says to drill. The GPS also comes with studs that you install into the back of the GPS. Once installed the studs fit into the holes that you drilled and a nut secures it to the dash material from behind. If you need a material to make up the dash I highly recommend a sheet of starboard. Usually a 1/4" thick sheet is plenty. Starboard is cheap and extremely easy to work with. If you can cut a piece of wood then you can cut starboard.

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Thanks that is a sweet garmin you have on there.

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Flush mounting is extremely easy. The GPS comes with a template that you stick to the surface you will need to cut. Then you simply cut on the line right through the sticker and drill where it says to drill. The GPS also comes with studs that you install into the back of the GPS. Once installed the studs fit into the holes that you drilled and a nut secures it to the dash material from behind. If you need a material to make up the dash I highly recommend a sheet of starboard. Usually a 1/4" thick sheet is plenty. Starboard is cheap and extremely easy to work with. If you can cut a piece of wood then you can cut starboard.

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Agreed. I used starboard on mine with a routed edge. Easy to work with and use the template. The hardest part i think was getting everything spaced out properly and even. I'm not a pro and have very little experience with this kind of thing and mine came out ok I think.
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Originally Posted by Semper Fido View Post
Agreed. I used starboard on mine with a routed edge. Easy to work with and use the template. The hardest part i think was getting everything spaced out properly and even. I'm not a pro and have very little experience with this kind of thing and mine came out ok I think.
Looks great. The routed edge makes all the difference. I did the same with mine.
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Air saw is the easiest if you have a compressor handy.

If you don't have one, use a jigsaw with a tungsten carbide blade.

We just upgraded and installed a Furuno unit in the console of my KW. Used the jigsaw and carbide blade. It cut it very easily. We used wide painters tape to protect everything first.
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Nice video, Jim. Thanks.

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