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This past week I pulled the Meriman Pedestal on Hush. The PO never performed maintenance on the system and consequently anywhere stainless steel and aluminum touched became welded together. I guess you should change a pedestal out after 30 years???

Anyway, I am going to be installing a Vision II from Edson. I am going to try to use the existing radial. Anyone who can share their experience switching pedestals I would greatly appreciate it.

I also have a old Meriman Pedestal that may have some usable spare parts for others....PM me if you are interested.

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Update. I finished the install of a Vision II pedestal by Edson. Everything was really straight forward. Managed to keep and use the old radial instead of spending the $500 for a new one. The new pedestal takes up less floor space than the old Merman. Performing preventative maintenance will be a breeze now. I highly recommend this pedestal for anyone in need of a new one.

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Re: Had to do it

Just looked up the price of a new Vision II. Wow 2,000 plus, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised.

So what is the trick on mounting the new pedestal? The bolts certainly didn't line up so drill new holes?

Were the old holes covered?

I know what you mean about pedestal corrosion. Aluminum and stainless screws can fuse like welding.

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Getting over the cost was the first hurdle. The holes for the new pedestal were 6 inch on center the Merrimen was 6.5 inches. I filled the old holes with marine epoxy and drilled out the new ones. The way the new pedestal is designed, the old holes were covered up by the base. I had to enlarge the opening for the cables a bit but it was no problem.

The project took about a day from start to finish. The hardest part was accessing the radial inside the engine compartment. We took the mixing elbow and exhaust off to make crawling around much less painful. I am very impressed with the quality of the new pedestal and am excited about having a place to mount a MDU or other instruments without installing huge pod. Another nice feature is the higher grab rail. Getting in and out of the cockpit is much safer with the handhold at the new height.
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pictures or it didn't happen... sounds like quite a project.
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