Originally Posted by DWT
I have for the last 5 - 6 years replaced all of the gauges on my engine electrical panel, amp, temp, fuel, oil and tack. The panel is mounted in the cockpit on my 30' Morgan and is exposed to the weather and I think this is what keeps screwing up the gauges.
I have been thinking about mounting the gauges just inside, to the right where I could see by just peaking around the main gangway. This way they would be out of the weather and maybe I'd get more than a year or two out of them.
Has anyone else ever done this? If so would you have a picture that you could show.
My gauges were in the cockpit (below) and were a mess, and even though the panel was well sealed, the wiring
behind the gauges were more corroded than were other wires on the engine. I suspect that moisture wicked its way in through the gauges. The panel was located about 2 inches above the cockpit sole. One good wave dump and they would have been flooded. It was a stupid place to put gauges.
Initially, the guages sat right below the companionway
in the cockpit. What I did was have the whole panel rotated 180 degrees and now they are in side the boat, directly under the companionway
overhang. My reasoning was similar to what you are reading here: RPMs you always get a feel for and fuel
levels you just become aware of. What was important to me was that (1) the low oil pressure alarm
worked and (2) I found out after rotating the panel, that I fretted about the water
temp. My plan is to have an alarm
installed for the water
Overall, I love the arrangement.
I have enclosed a pic of the old arrangement. Right now, that whole area has been redone with a removable teak
plate that now gives me access to the backside of the guages that are now on the inside of the boat... if that makes sense!