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New Gauges?

Hello,
When I went to see the Northern 29 for the second time, the owner brought pails of water to start the Atomic 4 Gas engine. Everything went well and the motor ran strong. The gauges did not work and I would want to replace or repair.
Has anyone here had to do this as well and could you please offer your opinion and advice?
Thanks in advance.
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Doing that project over winter. ..order quality gauges (unless you're looking for oem) lay it out on rhe bench, ailder and crimp and shrink wrap all connex...a loose ground is most common cause of gauges failing en mass. ..
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Re: New Gauges?

There is no real standard BUT i prefer a full set

Some people find it a problem that my gauge set is away from the helm BUT if the motor stalls it is broken anyway and i have not had any issues over the last three years with this install





I had a big hole and no place to put a new hole so in looking around i found the ocean equipment Catalina sailboat pod

It holds a full set and allowed me to keep the choke cable at a reasonable length



We did make a snap on Sunbrella cover to protect it when not in use

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Re: New Gauges?

Thanks for the reply and the pictures. The gauges in the pictures and the video are exactly what I was hoping for and hope that's what I'll end up doing and having. The present owner was surprised the gauges were not working? and thought it could well be a grounding problem.
I will check the grounds when the boat does become mine, and I'm sure it will be sooner than later. The Northern 29 has what I've been looking for and as a newbie to sailing and owning a sailboat I've seen so many I'm getting tired of looking for the perfect boat under 10k. I know that sounds foolish, but you would be surprised what's available in that price range. Being built in 1975 has some advantages as long as the owner has maintained them diligently.
This boat is mechanically and structurally in good condition, it's just some cosmetics that will need the attention.
Having forums and people like those responding here is such an advantage. Thanks and it's great viewing your blogs as well.

Cheers,
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Re: New Gauges?

I am liking tommays engine pod!

I added a tach and built this one for our I-28.

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