New instrument panels 266SF

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mpostgate
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New instrument panels 266SF

Postby mpostgate » Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:04 pm

I repowered my 2000 model year 266SF last month and the updated engines left me craving an update to the instrument panel. I'm halfway through the panel update, so I thought I'd post a few pics:

Here is my mostly original dash panel. I replaced the original switches a few years ago with the rockers.
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I wanted a clean modern look for the panel, similar to this Everglades 24 owned by a friend.
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I removed the original instrument box from the console.
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I bought some 1/2" black acrylic from Boat Outfitters and cut it to fit, then routed the edges with a slight round over and sanded up to 3000 grit to a nice shiny finish.
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I replaced my Lowrance HDS10 with a Simrad NSS16 evo2.
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- Mark Postgate

2000 266 SF "Get Wet" Optimax 200s, Simrad electronics, iCom VHF
Fishing & Diving the Gulf Coast off Destin, Florida

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Re: New instrument panels 266SF

Postby mpostgate » Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:05 pm

Next phase is replacement of the instruments on the right side of the console. I'm keeping the new Smartcraft tachs and deleting all the other round gauges and older Smartcraft displays. Engine data will be displayed on a new Simrad GO7 xse, and new push button switches willl replace the rockers.
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I'm also adding a NMEA 2K network. It's going to be a busy winter of boat projects!
- Mark Postgate

2000 266 SF "Get Wet" Optimax 200s, Simrad electronics, iCom VHF
Fishing & Diving the Gulf Coast off Destin, Florida

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Re: New instrument panels 266SF

Postby mpostgate » Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:10 pm

By the way, here's a shot of my new used (2015) motors:
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I added Tuff Skinz vented covers for the cowls:
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- Mark Postgate

2000 266 SF "Get Wet" Optimax 200s, Simrad electronics, iCom VHF
Fishing & Diving the Gulf Coast off Destin, Florida

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Re: New instrument panels 266SF

Postby mpostgate » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:53 pm

Here is my new switch panel, still in production at New Wire Marine.
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- Mark Postgate

2000 266 SF "Get Wet" Optimax 200s, Simrad electronics, iCom VHF
Fishing & Diving the Gulf Coast off Destin, Florida

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Re: New instrument panels 266SF

Postby SeaBiscuit » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:28 pm

I like that instrument panel. If my touchpad instrument panel ever goes bad, that, is probably what I would replace it with.
2008 270SF, 225 Yamaha's,Simrad NSS12-EVO2, 4G radar, B175M

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Re: New instrument panels 266SF

Postby reefpix » Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:50 pm

You are going to love the Simrad NSS! Easy to use at any speed in any seas.

Cheers
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Re: New instrument panels 266SF

Postby mpostgate » Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:39 pm

I decided to return the Simrad GO7 and ordered a NSS7 evo2, mainly for esthetics. The finished product looks pretty good. I still have a bunch of wiring to do, and I need to buy a Mercury Vessel View Link to get my engine data on the NSS7. And I have to figure how to get my fuel tank info to the displays.
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- Mark Postgate

2000 266 SF "Get Wet" Optimax 200s, Simrad electronics, iCom VHF
Fishing & Diving the Gulf Coast off Destin, Florida

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Re: New instrument panels 266SF

Postby whiteknight » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:44 pm

Great job Mark!
I just contacted Pam with New Wire Marine. Hopfully they will be able to duplicate your control panel for me.

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Re: New instrument panels 266SF

Postby whiteknight » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:48 pm

Mark,

How are the Opti's working out for you? I am working on doing a repower but my budget is a little tight.

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Re: New instrument panels 266SF

Postby mpostgate » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:45 pm

I love 'em! My original motors were 2001 Opti's, so I knew what I was getting. It's like a new boat again with the new power and updated electronics. The motors are 2015's. The previous owner is a fishing guide sponsored by Mercury, so they are kinda high hours (600) for their age, but meticulously maintained. I wish I had done it a few years ago.

I'm really happy with the work New Wire did for me. I might have had the pigtails done a bit longer ~ 2' is standard, I could have used 3' of pigtails. I moved all my electrical connections to the starboard wall inside the console, just in front of the tackle station. Used 5200 to glue some PVC lumber to the console wall and attached all the electrical busses and bars to it.

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I'm still working on securing all the wires and making it look neat.

Another thing I would have added to the switch panel is an N2K power switch. I never had a NMEA 2000 network before and I didn't realize it can draw power even when everything own the network is "off". I had a power drain after installing the network, so I wired the N2K power to the ACCY switch on the panel, allowing me to turn off the network.
- Mark Postgate

2000 266 SF "Get Wet" Optimax 200s, Simrad electronics, iCom VHF
Fishing & Diving the Gulf Coast off Destin, Florida


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