I am in the process of designing a new layout for my instrument panel. Here is the current
layout so you have an idea of what I am working with...
on the lower right and the Autopilot
in the lower middle are staying, as is the radar
on the far right. I would prefer not to move any of these, but may. All of the 4-inch instruments are going to be replaced with the Navman series of instruments. There will be 3, 4-inch sized displays to install. The GPS
is going to be replaced with a Garmin
188 GPS/Sounder. I also need to install a traditional compass
, perhaps a bulkhead mount. Since so many holes need to be moved, I plan to install a new blank panel over the entire area and start cutting new holes to fit the new design.
For a new panel I was thinking of using a black acrylic/lexan sheet, screwed and bedded over the top of the whole panel area. This would be all cut and trimmed to look nice of course.
One of my big concerns is mounting the compass
such that it won't have errors due to the surrounding electronics
. Currently there is an electronic compass that has a remote fluxgate
sensor forweard of the salon
Any good ideas or words of wisdon are appreciated.