Great thread, while I am not interested in "re-building" my panel I have often thought about moving it and making it more water proof.
Reason for moving it being; I find the cockpit sole space under the tiller/aft of the cockpit drains to be dead space(like asdf38 I own a contessa 26). I am considering filling the space with a "home-made" fiberglass box for storage that fits the space. The panel, as it is currently mounted, gets in the way where this idea is concerned.
Originally Posted by copacabana
Nice job on the panel. Another idea is to put the panel behind an opening port. The previous owner of my boat, a very experienced long-term cruiser, made this change when he installed the new Yanmar. This keeps the panel and wiring out of the salt air and practically ensures the panel will last forever. It still looks like new 12 years later.
Bloody brilliant idea. I will be implementing it next spring.
On the topic of opening ports, I was reading a thread over at sailfar.net about opening ports. CharleJ posted a link to a company that sells opening ports and have over stock for 40$
High cost Portlights
The link to the company in question(I have no experience dealing with them);
Opening Port Overstocks
The overstock may not be a suitable size but I thought it was worth mentioning.