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Old 04-29-2006, 03:43 PM   #1
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Does anyone have pictures of their VHF and/or stereo install in their electronics box? I don't want a typical bracket or gimbal install, but want to mount the radios in starboard and create a radio box within the e-box.
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Old 04-29-2006, 11:56 PM   #2
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I had to use two pieces of starboard because the e-box has a lip.

I riveted to pieces of aluminum to the top and bottom and pop-riveted them to the box. Then I screw through the starboard into the angle brackets. I finished the screws off with whit snap caps from Lowe's.
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Old 04-30-2006, 12:53 AM   #3
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If you can work with glass cut that sucker in half with a table saw flush it in like above but with no screws using a fiberglass blank and glass it back together. Surface mount your radio like above so you can change fuses or what not. Take a weekend and your done with about 25 bucks worth of supplies.
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Old 04-30-2006, 01:42 AM   #4
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Here's a picture:



I used aluminum angle to attach the starboard to the E box. Tricky to do with no "access" holes in the E box except for the holes cut in the starboard for the electronics. It looks clean, but its a pain to install.

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I like the "clean" starboard with no lines. I wish I had a way to put a full sheet in my box.
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Either of these are the general concept I am looking for. I've seen another pic with only about half of the e-box enclosed with star board (I just don't remember where I saw it.) With only a VHF and stereo to install in a 31" box, I would like to leave half of the box open. Did either of you do anything for ventilation, or should it be necessary?

Scott D, I don't see any screw holes on the bottom of your box. How did you mount the angles, vertically rather than top and bottom of box?
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:58 AM   #7
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Here's a picture of a friend's boat. The right side of the e-box was left open to store miscellaneous items in a heavy-duty velcroed-down tupperware box. Since this picture was taken, we have added an aux audio input for the stereo and a video input for the E-series down below. We also upgraded that crappy 12V socket.



The face panel is held in place by two screws coming in from the left side of the e-box. The side panel is attached with two screws that go into a block that is epoxied to the inside of the box. The panels are also connected by two screws.

You need to remove all 6 screws to lift the faceplate out (it all fits together very tightly), but the power distribution and fuse block is easily accessible (as you can see in the photo), so there is not much of a need to get in there often. The setup works really well in my opinion.
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I only wanted to use half of my box, heres the pics

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Old 05-02-2006, 08:15 PM   #9
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WOW,you guys have some very cool looking installs...

i see a new project in my future.....
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Old 05-02-2006, 08:44 PM   #10
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I lightened it up a bit for you, hope you don't mind.

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I agree with Ctoolman. Great installs. I really appreciate the pics. Now all I have to do is get to work on this project.
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Question for you guys

Have a 22' with a very wide open dash with room to mount whatever I want. Also have electronics box. I transiently considered mounting the VHF and stereo in the ebox for a cleaner oveall look but the couple folks I spoke to said to just mount them on the dash. Without a doubt dash mounting would be easier and mean easier access to the electronics but it does mean 2 more holes in the dash. Opinions?
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