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Re: Old boat, old electronics what did you do?
I'd personally just say the instruments are old enough to replace, not go down the long road of trying to baby more years out of them. So, you pull them, sell 'em on ebay as spare parts or toss them, as you fancy. Then fill the holes in the hull by epoxying in matching plugs from good plywood, and check out your local "trophy" shop, the ones who make bowling trophies and all. They can probably sell you a nice sheet of white phenolic or other "plastic" that cna be mounted over the plugged area, so there's just one neat new "plate" where all the old stuff was. (Or you can buy something online, or really splurge and do fiberglass repairs.(G)
Decide what new stuff you want, decide how you want to lay it out, make sure the new "plate" will be large enough and sized properly to make it look like that was always the intent, to be the backing plate for the new installation.
Plan the whole thing out and get all your measuring done. Buy the instruments and materials, one weekend and you'll have it all installed. And with any luck, it won't need any attention for another 20 years.
The hardest part these days is to pick out which toys, and to try to lay your hands on them in a store to see if they actually work as well as everyone claims.