I purchased a 1991 Contest 35s this past October, and I'm considering moving the Garmin
740 GPSmap plotter and the Raymarine
and speed gauges, to a pod configuration, installed on the pedestal
guard. However, I see that most manufacturers of these pods have them for pedestal
guards with a width of 9.5" and 12" only. The width of the Whitlock pedestal on my Contest 35s is 12.5". (The label on the pedestal states that it was "Custom Made by Whitlock", but other Contest owners think it may be a Whitlock Cobra model).
I've seen some suggestions that the pedestal guard could be replaced with one that it 12" wide, if you get the proper top plate. So if you've upgraded you pedestal guard, please feel free to identify the parts
and methods used. (Or if anyone knows of a pod manufacturer who supports 12.5" width pedestal guards). I know I could attach a clamp on style of navigation
pod to one bar, but I'm looking to install the ones which secures to both bars.
Finally, this is a 1991 boat and I suppose there's always the option of simply replacing the entire steering
pedestal. At this point, the pedestal compass
and folding table need to be entirely replaced, I want to replace the steering wheel
with a collapsible wheel
, and the paint
is showing signs of blistering. I figure at the minimum I should probably remove the pedestal, have it powder coated, and then rebuild
it before installing any electronics
. Maybe it would be worth it to simply replace the whole thing?