houseboat magazine
Your Ultimate Online Houseboating Resource
Welcome to Houseboat Magazine
Contact UsAdvertise

AFTERMARKET MANUFACTURERS BROKERS FORUMS
Administered by The Pirate
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: New Dash Board

  1. #1
    Senior Member Tony B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    NW Alabama - Tennessee River
    Posts
    185

    New Dash Board

    Since I am getting new gauges, I was thinking of getting a new dash board so I could rearrange the gauges.

    I looked at some stuff on the internet under "Dash Boards" and all I could find was pre-drilled. It looks like I will have to make it myself.

    What would be a good material to use and where would I buy it?
    Houseboater at Heart
    1986 Mainship 36 Dual Cabin Pointed Ended House Boat

    www.FreeBoatProjects.com

  2. #2
    Senior Member easttnboater's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    GA
    Posts
    500
    Google "custom boat dash". Aluminum is always nice.

  3. #3
    Member Frantically Relaxing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Salt Lake
    Posts
    74
    I've reman'd a few dashboards. Yes on aluminum. .094" thick is plenty thick enough. You can anodize it and/or powdercoat it any color you want, and with a little care it'll outlast the boat. You can also use a variety of acrylics.

    My favorite change was in our old '88 Sun Runner, it had a funky printed gray acrylic gauge panel with matching aluminum panels, I replaced the acrylic with aluminum and reworked the aluminum to fit Carling switches, had it blue anodized and I re-engraved everything. Completely changed the boat.

    I've made some nice acrylic dash panels, but aluminum is my favorite material




    1988 SkipperLiner 53x14
    1995 Tracker Party Cruiser 32 *for sale*
    2003 Chaparral 260 SSI
    2000 Allegro Bus 40' DP

  4. #4
    Senior Member BananaTom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Pensacola, Florida
    Posts
    1,095
    Quote Originally Posted by Frantically Relaxing View Post
    I've reman'd a few dashboards.
    That looks great !!!!

  5. #5
    Senior Member Tony B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    NW Alabama - Tennessee River
    Posts
    185
    That looks great!
    How did you get the white engraving on the blue panel?
    Did you engrave it yourself?
    I am about to start ripping the old stuff out in a few days and then find or make the panel.
    I made some photo changes and the new proposed panel looks better with the engraving.
    here is with and without the engraving.

    Well I was going to upload the files and this site keeps telling me they are not valid files. They are standard jpg.
    Last edited by Tony B; 12-31-2014 at 05:35 PM.
    Houseboater at Heart
    1986 Mainship 36 Dual Cabin Pointed Ended House Boat

    www.FreeBoatProjects.com

  6. #6
    Senior Member Bamby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Near Wheeling W.V.
    Posts
    311
    Quote Originally Posted by Tony B View Post
    That looks great!
    How did you get the white engraving on the blue panel?
    Did you engrave it yourself?
    I am about to start ripping the old stuff out in a few days and then find or make the panel.
    I made some photo changes and the new proposed panel looks better with the engraving.
    here is with and without the engraving.

    Well I was going to upload the files and this site keeps telling me they are not valid files. They are standard jpg.
    You can't upload photo's to this site! To post photo's you need to host them in a public hosting service like Photo Bucket or it's like and then link them to this site.

    Frantically Relaxing used to or maybe even still does some beautiful engraving work if nothing else he'd be the man to talk to about some pointers. His website is down but I found some of his work you can view on the internet archives. Click Here
    Respect Our Recreational Resources
    Leaving Only "Footprints of your Passing"

    Boating on the Muskingum River
    1972 35' Crest Pontoon Houseboat
    2007 90 hp. Yamaha

+ Reply to Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts