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Old 08-07-2020, 12:00 PM
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Default 2004 Hydra-Sports 240 Vector Dash Remodel

Starting up a project on this 2004 Hydra-Sports Vector.

Customer is looking to at least re-do the switch panel portion... he's already got it pulled out as you can see.



Here's a closeup. We're thinking about doing the entire lower part... and replace the glove box. Either that, or re-do just the panel on this Hydra-Sports Vector 240.



Here's the old panel... this is why we don't use painted Aluminum. Corrodes and peels.

So customer wants to at least change the panel out on this 24ft Hydrasport. We'll probably upgrade the switches as well.



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We're thinking about doing the entire console in 1/2" acrylic... two pieces. Like shown below. What do you think??


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And what kind of switch do you think? Do you prefer push button or rocker, and why??


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I like the rocker switches on boats. But I think it’s more a matter of personal opinion. Acrylic panels would look better than what is there currently.
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Could I send a pic of my dash for a quote? also how does it work removing and reinstalling? Is it just a matter of labeling every wire?
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Originally Posted by UPPERbaycrabNfish View Post
I like the rocker switches on boats. But I think it’s more a matter of personal opinion. Acrylic panels would look better than what is there currently.
UPPERbaycrabNfish - Yeah, there's something to the click of a rocker to me too. Some of the push buttons are growing on me though. It is hard to work around the fact that you can't have double pole switches on a PB too. Your own style dictates a lot... looks like we're going to do rockers on this Hydra sport
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Originally Posted by Seabreeze504 View Post
Could I send a pic of my dash for a quote? also how does it work removing and reinstalling? Is it just a matter of labeling every wire?
Seabreeze504 - of coarse! send to sales@newwiremarine.com - give them a few minutes to come in, then give us a call if you want: (843) 297-8348 to talk though what you're looking to do!
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The customer has decided to go with a blackout dash look. Both the upper and lower section. 1/2" acrylic with studs, and new electronics on this Hydra-sports Vector 240.

We're going to go back with Garmins... 942's across the top part, removing the recessed box that hydrasport had originally. Most feel those boxes are a little old school, and really date the boat. Upgrading the dash to the modern style is going to make this Hydra-sport's helm look like a 2018, not a 2004.

I did want to post this picture though... it's before we decided to do the entire surface:



We made this for the customer when he came in with the panel b/c he was planning to put the panel back in and keep using the boat, while we produced the new dash.

... but you could just as easily make this at home, and mail it to us if you have an odd shape. This is a great template. It's hard to lay something over-top of the dash panel's components and get it accurate... the (second) best way other than having the actual panel is a trace of the panel, layed flat on paper.

So... we just played a little arts and crafts, and cut out some craft paper so the components could fit through the paper... as you can - the big holes in the middle). We taped it on from the back (from the inside of the holes, so the paper would stick).

Then, laid the panel on the edge of a table ( so the wiring in the back would be off the edge, and only the edge of this Hydrasport switch panel was on the table's surface. Then trace onto the craft paper... spin 90 degrees. Trace. Spin. Trace. Spin. Trace.

Remove the tape, and ta-da! An outline of the panel - without removing all the components, so it can be re-installed. You could have done a similar thing on the boat probably, and trace the outline. Mail this to us and we can copy any shape and have the result me really stickin' close on your new dash. +/- 1/8" at least, which is more than close enough for most dash panels.
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Originally Posted by NewWireMarine View Post
UPPERbaycrabNfish - Yeah, there's something to the click of a rocker to me too. Some of the push buttons are growing on me though. It is hard to work around the fact that you can't have double pole switches on a PB too. Your own style dictates a lot... looks like we're going to do rockers on this Hydra sport
Nice choice. I think it fits that boat/style better. I’ll keep an eye out for the finished product.
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Here's what we ended up with on the dash remodel design for this 24 Hydra-Sports. When you use us for a switch or dash panel project, you'll always receive a full to-scale mockup showing exactly what you'll received. With detailed change logs, switch type, circuit breaker, wiring specs, etc. This helps protect everybody and makes sure you receive what you're expecting, and we don't loose any of your requirements during the process. It can take weeks (or for some people months lol) to made all the design decisions and get the proof approved, which is a lot of time for our estimators between initial phonecall and final wiring... they just can't remember every single point about a switch panel.

This is the lower helm design with blue LED rockers:


HydraSports Vector Dash Panel

And here is the upper helm panel. We're going to Reverse Flush the Garmin 942xs's on this Hydra Sport. Since this customer was removing the old recessed electronics box, there was going to be a big hole remaining... but he wants to Reverse Flush these units for an modern and sleek appearance on his 24 Hydrasport.

Usually other fabricators would probably have told him he's have to go spend $700 to have the dash re-fiberglassed in... but with our true 1/2" acrylic it was no problem for us! You can see the design here, our panel design techs engineered a plate that will mount to the back of the acrylic with (12) #8 'Weld-Mount' studs. This plate will hold the Garmin units to the back of the acylic tightly, making it a perfect fit, and saving hundreds since this customer will not have to have his dash re-fiberglassed!


Hydrasport electronics panel
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Does everyone know the difference between the three mounting methods of modern electronics?
  • Surface Mount
  • Recessed Mount
  • Reverse Flush Mount
Like this post, or comment you'd like a little refresher - it can get confusing sometimes, even for us
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Thank you MiamiJay :

Surface Mount: The traditional "flush mount" from years ago when people used to use the gimbal mount too. Mounted into the dash as "normal"

Recessed Mount: The dash is routed out so the units mounts into it... giving a flush'er appearance, but still the unit mounts to the acrylic dash.

Reverse Flush: This is what everyone prefers. The unit's screen "blends in" to the acrylic dash... make the whole dash panel look like huge screen so to speak. With this method, the unit is mounted into the fiberglass behind, and the dash is pocketed out so it sits just perfectly over the unit and only the screen pushes through flush.


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Here's this Hydra-Sports panel getting the studs glued on. These will hold both the reverse flush bracket onto the back, and the acrylic dash panel onto the fiberglass of this Hydrasport Vector's console:


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Some more behind the scenes action of this Hydra Sport panel being made:

After machining and having the studs mounted in "sub-assembly", next stop is the wiring benches. Note the care taken to prevent any surface scratches in this stage:


Getting wired

Wiring done... laying on the QA table, while we double check everything works for this Hydrasport owner's dash panel:



Better photo here of the blue LED Carling rocker switches being installed in this Hydra-Sports switch panel:



Here we're dry fitting the Garmin units into the upper dash panel. PERFECT FIT! See the cardboard piece above... this goes with the panel as a cutout template for the diferglass:



Units packed back up... but in this shot you can see the black starboard bracket that hold the Garmin units into the back of the upper dash panel for this Hydra Sports.



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