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    Replacement Helm (Dash) Panels

    cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Northern NJMember, Moderator Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭
    A discussion about this subject got my curiosity up, even though I don't currently need one.  Here's the problem, if your boat is older than 2006, you probably won't be able to get a replacement helm (dash) panel(s) from Hurricane or only lucky to get them from another source.

    "Callforbids", a member of our forum, has posted a couple of times about a after-market supplier he used a few times to get replacement panels (Thanks Steve!!!).  He seemed to be very impressed with their quality and price, so I decided to call them myself and find out more about them.

    The name of the company that fabricates these kind of panels is AD&D Manufacturing located in Cape Coral, FL.  I spoke with Isabella Minnela, awesome lady!  They have been fabricating these kind of panels for many years and have many templates stored of older Hurricane models.  The panels are made of Lexan plastic and can be made is practically any color except wood-grain.  Panel pricing runs from $50.00 for a small panel (like a switch panel) to $130.00 for a large panel (like the main gauge panel).  They will also custom modify a panel to accommodate something different you might want to mount on the new panel and will price accordingly.

    Here's their contact info if anyone is interested:

    AD&D Manufacturing
    901 NE 27th Lane
    Suite 1
    Cape Coral, FL   33909
    239-772-9515
    2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
    2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

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    • HydroCanisHydroCanis Member Posts: 175 ✭✭
      Good info, thanks!
      David
      2003 Sundeck 217 OB, Yamaha 150 2 Stroke
      "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own." - Number 6

    • pmracingpmracing Member Posts: 41 ✭✭
      Thanks for the heads up!!!!!!!!!!!'m
    • powerhousepowerhouse Plant City, FLMember Posts: 39 ✭✭
      Good info, my main dash panel is cracked so this will come in handy if I can't fill the crack and wrap the panel.
      2002 FD196F/Yamaha 115
    • steveoakessteveoakes Member Posts: 2
      Thanks for the info I've been looking for some time now for a panel Hope this is the answer.

    • cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Northern NJMember, Moderator Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭
      I was getting ready to send you a link to this thread, but you beat me to it. ;)
      2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
      2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

    • shucker70shucker70 Member Posts: 2
      Thanks for the info!!!!! Been looking for quite some time. I sure hope this works. D.
    • Dallas_HurricaneDallas_Hurricane Member Posts: 3
      I'm new to the group but this is exactly what I'm looking for my 2002 Fun Deck 228. Thank you
    • 89checkmate89checkmate Member Posts: 148 ✭✭✭
      This has me thinking I should order dash panels for my 2015 and put them in storage for when I need them down the road incase they aren't available.
    • cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Northern NJMember, Moderator Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭
      Maybe not such a bad idea......
      2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
      2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

    • ziegler012ziegler012 Member Posts: 3
      AD & D custom made me a panel, it turned out great! 
    • SuzookSuzook Member Posts: 42
      So, apparently this is a recurring theme replacement dash panels and windscreens. Does anyone know who Hurricane used for these items?  Or maybe create a "Sticky" where people can contribute their experience with contractors like AD & D and UDP Plastics.  Any pics would be great with pricing, colors/tint, ETICs, and better yet group buys.  Or would commonality between models be to big an issue?

      2005 GS 202 '06 Yamaha 150

      2005 Tennessee Tandem Trailer

    • caseynettlescaseynettles Jacksonville, FLMember Posts: 69 ✭✭

      I just left AD&D a VM to contact me about my dash panels, although I have been working on making mine out of 316 SS I am interested in seeing what they have to offer.  If anyone has any pics of a dash they had them make please post.  I also came across this website http://www.mydipkitstore.com/  which you might be able to add any pattern you wish to these panels...just a thought and looks kinda cool.
    • caseynettlescaseynettles Jacksonville, FLMember Posts: 69 ✭✭
      they even have several wood grain patterns.

    • SuzookSuzook Member Posts: 42
      Looks like a very interesting option to me for both dash and windshield.

      2005 GS 202 '06 Yamaha 150

      2005 Tennessee Tandem Trailer

    • mweddle942mweddle942 Southern CaliforniaMember Posts: 7
      Thanks for the info cjjjdeck. Would you happen to know if AD&D is able to bend the dash panels to fit the helm and would anyone have pictures of their work?
    • cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Northern NJMember, Moderator Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭
      I would contact them and ask the question regarding bending.  Callforbids, one of our forum members, had work done by them and posted some pics of what they did for him.  Here's the link:

      http://hurricaneboats.vanillaforums.com/discussion/1744/replacement-dash-panels
      2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
      2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

    • caseynettlescaseynettles Jacksonville, FLMember Posts: 69 ✭✭

      Got my new panels in today...just in time for the weekend to install whhoohoo!!!  AD&D did them and they look really nice, I will report back with how they fit.

    • caseynettlescaseynettles Jacksonville, FLMember Posts: 69 ✭✭

      ok here is the final result, I think it turned out pretty good.

       

    • cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Northern NJMember, Moderator Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭
      Wow, looks really great, and keeps the boat looking young!
      2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
      2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

    • DavidPJDavidPJ NCMember Posts: 67 ✭✭
      caseynettles, those panels look great! I've been talking to AD&D and although they were quick to respond with pricing, I can't seem to get them to send me a picture of a finished panel so I can see at least the copper color. I'm not quite sure of the color of your panels. Is it one of their standard colors or a custom color?
      1999 Fundeck GS-201, Teal, Honda 200HP
    • caseynettlescaseynettles Jacksonville, FLMember Posts: 69 ✭✭
      The color I chose is dark bronze(has tiny sparkles) which they stated is very popular for these panels...probably the closest color match to the original "wood" panels as you can see with my original switch panel.  The new panels are glossy by nature because they paint the backside.  Also of note, the panels are obviously not factory but are VERY close to factory specs so some minor alignment with original screw holes has to be expected.  The recessed screw holes on the panels are a nice touch and was unexpected.  They will punch out only the gauge holes you request.  I have factory Faria gauges which are I believe 3 1/8 inch for the large gauges and 2 1/8 inch for the smaller ones, the panels are punched out with 3" and 2" holes which I had to use some coarse sandpaper to get my gauges to fit, no big deal really the plastic is soft.  When replacing the panels it is an opportune time to inspect, clean and/or repair any wiring that is behind the panels.  By the way....delivery took ~two weeks.

      Hope this helps.
    • DavidPJDavidPJ NCMember Posts: 67 ✭✭
      Thanks caseynettles. This gives me a much better idea of what to expect if I order the panels. My boat panels are still in good condition but I'm considering ordering these as spares. AD&D can also provide the windshield.
      1999 Fundeck GS-201, Teal, Honda 200HP
    • cvascelcvascel FloridaMember Posts: 13 ✭✭

      Well I went ahead and contacted AD&D regarding some new dash panels.  Apparently they did not have the plans for my 2004 SD 187 so I ended up sending them my old ones which were cracked and discolored.  They told me that they could create the template with my old ones as long as I sent it in. 

      They received my old panels on a Monday and I received the old ones back along with the new ones exactly 9 days later. 

      I chose to go with the copper colored which is the color Isabella said was closest to the wood grain color from the factory (no longer wood color because of fading).  The new panels were flat and did not have the same molded in contours where the gauges are, however, I knew this would be the case because of previous posts.  Prior to installing I put self adhesive black edge trim on the edge of the new panels similar to what was on the factory panels (purchased at O’Reilly’s Automotive).  During installation on the boat I found that most of the holes that they cut out were spot on for the gauges.  Only two of the mounting holes lined up to the holes in the helm; nothing a small drill bit didn’t fix.  The installation was pretty easy since the panels are pretty flexible.  I will say that having the edge trim made a big difference with getting the edges nice and snug against the fiberglass. 

      Here are some images of old and new.  Hopefully the angles I got provide a good indication of the color since it is difficult to get color samples.

      I also replaced the gauges and switch actuators. 

      Old One

      Left = Old, Right = New



      I am very happy with the communication and product of AD&D and would definitely use them in the future.

       

    • cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Northern NJMember, Moderator Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭
      Wow, that helm really looks great!  Thanks for posting the before and after pictures!
      2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
      2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

    • DavidPJDavidPJ NCMember Posts: 67 ✭✭
      Those panels look really good! Are you planning on applying letters to identify the circuit breakers?
      1999 Fundeck GS-201, Teal, Honda 200HP
    • cvascelcvascel FloridaMember Posts: 13 ✭✭
      Yes, I plan on labeling the breakers as soon as I figure out the best way to do it.  I want it to look neat and was hoping I could find a small stencil which would allow me to use paint with a small brush. I'm just not sure I could find a stencil small enough and I'm not sold on the idea.  I don't want to use labels because they wont last long.  I thought about using a paint pen and doing it by hand but I'm not thrilled with that idea either.  

      Any suggestions?

      Chris
    • DavidPJDavidPJ NCMember Posts: 67 ✭✭
      edited August 2015
      Since those panels are so beautiful, and you can ID the breakers from the old panel, I think I would just leave it unmarked. Keep the old panel and take a picture of it and file it away for later ID if needed. It's great that you have the labeling on the new switches.
      1999 Fundeck GS-201, Teal, Honda 200HP
    • HydroCanisHydroCanis Member Posts: 175 ✭✭
      Not sure how to find someone, but I think the ideal solution would be to have someone with a laser cutter burn the lettering 1/32" or so deep and then saturate the area with white paint and wipe off that which didn't go into the letters. Then the letters wouldn't be subject to being rubbed off.
      David
      2003 Sundeck 217 OB, Yamaha 150 2 Stroke
      "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own." - Number 6

    • HydroCanisHydroCanis Member Posts: 175 ✭✭
      Oh, I wasn't thinking... pretty sure you don't want to remove the panel again!
      David
      2003 Sundeck 217 OB, Yamaha 150 2 Stroke
      "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own." - Number 6

    • cvascelcvascel FloridaMember Posts: 13 ✭✭
      I wouldn't be opposed to removing the panel again.  The breakers are pretty easy since you don't have to disconnect any wires.  Like DavidPJ suggested, I think I might just leave them unmarked and keep a laminated diagram of the locations.
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