Iown a Regal 320 that was built in 1993, and although the boat is in great shape, the dashboard at the helm looked a little dated. I wanted to update the look of the dash
and at the same time reorganize
the switches into a more logical
arrangement, so I decided to replace
the existing aluminum dashboard
with something a little more stylish.
It was about this time that I went to one
of the fall boat shows and came across the
Boca Tech booth. This company manufactures and sells resettable illuminated push-button switches, the perfect complement
to the modern look that I was after. I also
needed new dash panels to mount everything in, so I ordered mine from a company
in Florida that cut mine from faux wood-grain material using a CNC machine.
I estimate that I spent about 30 hours
in total on the project; not only does the
dash look more modern, but the time
spent in the planning stage paid off with
the placement of vital equipment located
to best advantage.
The first thing before I did before taking anything apart was to take several
It was a fairly complicated project, but
the end result looks
fantastic and adds
functionality and an
air of sophistication
to the dashboard.
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Moderate to advanced project.
I used screwdrivers, pliers,
crimpers, wire strippers, multimeter,
camera, and a notepad.
Depends on the complexity of the panel. Mine took about 30
hours in total.
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