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Re: Helm control panel question

Typically, engine instruments are grouped together on a panel created by the engine manufacturer and placed somewhere near the helmsman seat. Since you don't need to constantly monitor them they could be placed perhaps at a seat back to the side of the wheel. Probably wouldn't be blocked by someone sitting there due to the wheel being there. The other instrument gauges are typically placed around the pedestal, on pods mounted on the guard (a stainless steel tube attached to the wheel pedestal). There are lots of products created for mounting instruments there but you can create your own out of starboard or teak. Create cardboard mockups first to see how it will effect your vision. Do a google search for sailboat instrument mounts and you will find lots of options out there. Unfortunately, the mounts can get pricey but stuff can be made cheaply enough.

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