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Old 09-05-2014, 08:26 AM
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I have a 31 Contender with the recessed electronics panel and I am looking to get rid of the lexan door and recess and flush mount the electronics. My question is what do you guys recommend I use for the panel?

I was planning to use a sheet of starboard and cut out the electronics but figured there might be other options for materials to use there that will withstand the sun and salt environment. Any other suggesions?

I am thinking something similar to this...
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Originally Posted by sea fever View Post
I have a 31 Contender with the recessed electronics panel and I am looking to get rid of the lexan door and recess and flush mount the electronics. My question is what do you guys recommend I use for the panel?

I was planning to use a sheet of starboard and cut out the electronics but figured there might be other options for materials to use there that will withstand the sun and salt environment. Any other suggesions?

I am thinking something similar to this...
International marine did my 27 contender like that they did a good job I had them add a glove box because you will miss all the storage contact them and they can make the panel for you
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I prefer black starboard for glare reasons, I think it is more durable than shiny acrylic.
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I'll second Mike at Intl. Marine, give him a buzz. They do great work.
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anybody try grey starboard? I was thinking about it as I have grey raymarine stuff
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I'm having mine glassed in and then start from scratch with new electronics....
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International Marine, they'll hook you up and have lots of different colors to choose from.
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Starboard!
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Chris Powers... Do a search on here and you wont be disappointed!
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Chris does incredible work.

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Yep!!
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My 32st was starboard and no issues. Probably could have looked better if glassed in instead but it did the job.
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Originally Posted by TheMaintenanceShoppe View Post
I prefer black starboard for glare reasons, I think it is more durable than shiny acrylic.

I've seen black acrylic used and it looks great. Don't know about durability. I'll be re-doing mine soon.
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Gray acrylic from New Wire Marine. No glare issues and I think it looks great.

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Thanks guys. I've seen Chris' excellent work but I'm looking to do this myself and prefer a flush mount like flntv posted above.

I like the acrylic option. How hard is it to work with? Cutting, smoothing the edges, etc? I've done a lot of work with starboard but haven't worked with acrylic.
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I modified my electronics panel on my 27 a couple of years ago and used 1/2"black starboard. Flush mounted a Lowrance HDS10, Kenwood stereo, vhf, and furuno 585 bottom finder and mounted them all in the same location as designed. Got rid of the permanent mounting of the 2-piece lexan flip cover that I nearly knocked my teeth out on when I ran through some nasty chop and made it removable so I can get rid of it when going offshore and put it on when closing up for the day. Easy as pie.

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I would make it so you can remove it easily. Todays electronics are damn expensive. Who cares about a radio or VHF. Usually they don't get stolen --but a pair of $2,500 Garmin, are stolen daily. I take mine out every time after a trip, with ease. I sleep good at night knowing that they won't pinch my stuff. Its not hard to make it so you can remove and store it elsewhere. I have the Chris Powers and just made the panel removable. Black is best.

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Originally Posted by joecastle View Post
I'm having mine glassed in and then start from scratch with new electronics....

Would love to see this when done
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