I'm really considering a total reorganization of my engine gauges on my 75 Newport 28. Right now there are two separate panels on the boat, as you can see in the pictures below:
Between the gauges on the two panels, I have a working gas gauge, voltmeter, oil pressure, engine temperature and tach. There's only one ammeter, and it doesn't work. The gas gauge is way inside the cabin, and can be seen to the upper left of the electrical panel in the first photo. The ignition key and choke are inside the cabin as well -- the key is on the panel and the choke can be seen just above the fire extinguisher.
Needless to say, I have to look all over the place to see what's going on. Except for the ammeter, at least I have a working gauge somewhere for every critical element. Still...
What I'd like to do is get everything up onto the cockpit bulkhead in the second picture, where the two big gauges are on the right. They are the windfinder and knotmeter, neither of which work and both of which I can do without.
Would it be practical to have a panel right where those two are that would have all my working gauges, the choke and the ignition key in one place? I wonder a bit about the ignition being out in the weather, but the original key was down with the other gauges in photo 2, so I guess it wouldn't really be a problem. I figure it wouldn't be hard to get a blank panel that I could fit into the space, but are there any practical considerations that would keep me from doing so?
Thanks for any and all advice!