Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 07-09-2012, 22:03   #1
Registered User
 
GreggL's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
Boat: Hunter E33
Posts: 194
Engine Control Panel Placement

Not sure what genius came up with this great idea, but the engineers thought it would be smart to place the large, sensitive, easily accessible, large buttoned engine control panel smack in the middle of my already cramped cockpit; As you can see in the attached photo. On a number of occasions a guests butt has stopped my engine dead in its tracks.

Thinking of getting a cover of sorts, or moving the panel altogether. There is space at the helm, but it seems that it may require a lot of work. Anyone have experience with this particular issue?

Thanks!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3426094700.jpg
Views:	168
Size:	135.3 KB
ID:	46145  
__________________

__________________
GreggL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2012, 18:01   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
Ex-Calif's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2007
Location: Singapore
Boat: Maxi 77 - Relax Lah!
Posts: 11,514
Images: 4
Re: Engine Control Panel Placement

A plastic hood would be the simple solution.

Depending what is behind the panel, remove, build a recessed box in the same place and apply a hinging hood is the more complicated option.
__________________

__________________
Relax Lah! is For Sale <--- Click
Click--> Custom CF Google Search or CF Rules
You're gonna need a bigger boat... - Martin Brody
Ex-Calif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2012, 18:08   #3
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2005
Boat: Outbound 44
Posts: 4,560
Re: Engine Control Panel Placement

Stopping your engine via a guest butt is bad. It is worse when they break the key off in the switch. I second Ex's build a plastic cover.
__________________
Paul L
http://svjeorgia.blogspot.com
Paul L is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2012, 05:56   #4
Registered User
 
GreggL's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
Boat: Hunter E33
Posts: 194
Yea that was my thought as well. You guys know of any place where these things could be purchased? I don't think I could build and install that..
__________________
GreggL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2012, 06:05   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Stuart Fl
Boat: Cabo Rico 38
Posts: 692
Re: Engine Control Panel Placement

I,thought mine was bad,your's take's the Cake,Mine was mounted where leaving or entering the cabin you could hit it with your foot,I,reduced its size to fit the cut out and built a frame to recess it,working on a hinged cover now.
__________________
casual is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2012, 06:17   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Stuart Fl
Boat: Cabo Rico 38
Posts: 692
Re: Engine Control Panel Placement

Quote:
Originally Posted by GreggL View Post
Not sure what genius came up with this great idea, but the engineers thought it would be smart to place the large, sensitive, easily accessible, large buttoned engine control panel smack in the middle of my already cramped cockpit; As you can see in the attached photo. On a number of occasions a guests butt has stopped my engine dead in its tracks.

Thinking of getting a cover of sorts, or moving the panel altogether. There is space at the helm, but it seems that it may require a lot of work. Anyone have experience with this particular issue?

Thanks!
It seems as though a frame could be built around the existing pannel,and a hinged cover affixed,dpending on the depth of your pannel maybe stick out another 1/2 inch or so,since you already have a pertrussion I,don't see this to be an objection.Lot easier than recessing or moving the pannell.See a plastic shop these guys have helped me many times over the years.
__________________
casual is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2012, 08:08   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Philadelphia,Pa
Boat: Cape Dory Cutter 36'-Shana
Posts: 17
Re: Engine Control Panel Placement

A prefab recessed control panel box can be ordered from Sailing Specialities at ssicustomplastics.com
I replaced my control box with a hinged model several years ago. I have no commercial interest in this company, but they did have several sizes and models of recessed boxes. If you did a web search, I'm sure there are other firms that manufacture prefab boxes.
__________________
jerrycd36 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2012, 08:22   #8
Commercial Member
 
Mark Johnson's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: New Bern NC
Boat: Searunner 34 Trimaran
Posts: 1,565
Re: Engine Control Panel Placement

My photos here barely show it, but I got an off the shelf port, (Beckson I believe), that has a top hinged, clear opening, and though it has no gasket, it repels rain water 100%. (This is not meant to be a hull or cabinside port at all).

It has an inward turning 2" spigot, that like the frame and lid, is a round cornered rectangle. It comes with no covering over the spigot, just a big opening.

The port's 2" spigot is about 1.5 " longer and 1.5" wider than a standard Yanmar control panel. PERFECT!

I next got a piece of 1/4" opaque white plexiglass from a plastics shop. Then I scribed the port's spigot onto the plexiglass & cut it out.

Next I cut the square opening for the control panel, drilled the mounting screw holes for it slightly small, and tapped #10 threads into the holes.

Before mounting the panel, I glued this plexiglass back panel to the ports spigot.
(For this, one uses a syringe with square tipped needle and Methalyne Chloride to "solvent weld it", like with PVC pipe). This kit comes from the same plastics shop, btw...

Next I caulked the engine's panel into the form fitted square hole that is now recessed 2" back... in the back of the opening port.

This is followed by mounting the entire opening port into a hole cut into the cockpit's footwell.

The entire project is less than one day...

By mounting our panel out of the Sun's UVs, and out of the rain as well, it is still pristine after 17 years! Opening it to crank or kill the engine, just takes an extra second, and there is no way to kick it and break the key off.

I recommend it highly.

Mark
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	140_140.JPG
Views:	149
Size:	104.2 KB
ID:	46204   Click image for larger version

Name:	140_140 - Copy.JPG
Views:	141
Size:	69.5 KB
ID:	46205  

__________________
"Let us be kind to one another, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle".
Mark Johnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2012, 09:06   #9
Registered User
 
Maxs's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Costa Rica
Boat: Catalina 38
Posts: 122
Quote:
Originally Posted by GreggL
Yea that was my thought as well. You guys know of any place where these things could be purchased? I don't think I could build and install that..
I don't know I they will fit your panel, but You can get the recessed housing and a plexiglass cover from www.catalinadirect.com.
__________________
SVESTANCIA
Maxs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2012, 14:08   #10
Registered User
 
GreggL's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
Boat: Hunter E33
Posts: 194
Thanks everyone. I'll look into those suggestions.
__________________

__________________
GreggL is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
engine

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:32.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.