New instrument panels 266SF

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CEMSGUY
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Re: New instrument panels 266SF

Postby CEMSGUY » Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:57 am

Nice Job.

The acrylic looks really sharp. I think that may be the route I go when redoing my console.

How did you attach the acrylic to the console? If you screwed it from the backside, can you see any of the screws in the acrylic?
2001 WC 226SF w/2014 150 E-tecs, Garmin 8212, GMR18, Furuno FCV-620 w/M260 and P66

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mpostgate
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Re: New instrument panels 266SF

Postby mpostgate » Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:51 pm

I did attach the acrylic from behind. The acrylic is opaque, you can't see any fasteners through it. To mount the panel I used "heat-set threaded inserts" (lots of youtube videos show the process if you search on that term). I found the inserts at McMaster-Carr online. You can see the screws that attach the acrylic to the console from the back in this picture.
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I also used the inserts (in a smaller size) to mount the NSS16 into the acrylic. It would have been easier to just through bolt it, and that's what I did with the NSS7 - it is through-bolted into the panel. The acrylic panels are also sealed to the fiberglass console with silicone, so they are very solidly attached. Boat Outfitters online is a good source for the acrylic. I used 1/2" thick acrylic because of the size of the main panel. I wanted it to be sturdy.
- Mark Postgate

2000 266 SF "Get Wet" Optimax 200s, Simrad electronics, iCom VHF
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