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post #17 of Old 11-01-2012
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Re: Custom Engine Panel Design

Plus 1 on the Maine Sail post.

I had to build a panel because the original Westerbeke one was too big for my location.

I placed all the gauges plus two buttons – glow plug and start.

The key and the buzzer were inside the cabin and yes, I could hear its high-pitched sound well with engine on and the companionway closed.
I only used the key because it came with it - it was always in place, otherwise I would have used a switch.

I used 1/8 inch phenolic for the base rather than ply or plexiglass, as it is resistant, more suitable for electrics and easy to cut (look up its specs here PHENOLIC). I bought a small off-cut for the purpose.

I did not have an opening cover, the panel was totally waterproofed and was installed/screwed from the inside. For the cover I used a piece of inch acrylic with screwed and bedded with Dow 795. If I needed to service it I just unscrewed it from the base from inside.

Worked well and was always dry.
You can find push-buttons for the glow-plug and starter that has a rubber ring to prevent water ingress - I had that mounted thru the plexi cover.

Last edited by SVTatia; 11-01-2012 at 12:45 PM.
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