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Panel (ChartPlotter) upgrade questions for 2486

Hi All:
  As posted in the “show it off” section, we now have our new 2486.  And I’m already looking at changes to make it better for us.  Primarily, we (ok, I, as my wife really does not care) want to replace the smallish 6” Garmin 64cv that came installed in the panel.  This unit is already discontinued and I really want a touch screen unit.
  Ideally I’d like to put the 10” Garmin EchoMap Ultra 106sv in it’s place.  But it does not look like that will fit between the round gauges on each side of the panel.  The 9” Garmin UHD 93sv will fit, but it’s screen resolution is 2/3s less than the 103sv.  
  I think if I can find a piece of the panel material, I can lay out a new panel with the round gauges nudged outward enough to fit the 103sv in between them.  I’ll be at the boat later today, with installation templates, to remeasure and confirm what might be able to fit.  But in the interim, does anyone know where I might purchase a blank panel?  Or find the panel material so I can cut my own?
Thanks and happy boating, Steve.


Comments

  • MadMadHoosierMadMadHoosier USAMember Posts: 10
    Well, never-mind.  The templates showed even if I were able to scoot the round gauges outward, the height of the 103sv will prevent it from fitting.  The 93sv will fit without any Herculean efforts, so despite the lower resolution, I guess that is where I’m going.

  • cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Northern NJMember, Moderator Posts: 1,643 ✭✭✭✭
    Pays to do a little research.  Those templates tell the story.  Also, the thinner the dash panel gets between mounted components and nearer to mounting screws an opening gets you run the risk of cracking the helm panel due to the stresses of a boat underway.  I'm sure that is why Hurricane maxed out with the size unit they did.  Make sure you radius the corners of your opening to minimize the opportunity for cracks.
    2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
    2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

  • MadMadHoosierMadMadHoosier USAMember Posts: 10
      I'll do that on rounding the corners.  And it seems the 9" will mount "more solidly" than the 6".  After pulling the 6" out for a look, the fiberglass rim (or perimeter) that the dash panel screws into, is just ever so slightly bigger than the height of the 9" unit.  So while the unit will fit through a new/larger hole in the panel, without requiring cutting the fiberglass, the mounting screws of the unit will actually screw into the significantly stronger fiberglass.  I'm sure that will take some pressure off the panel itself, which is relatively thin.
      Now I need to see how hard it will be to replace the old transducer with the new side-vu transducer to make my final decision on the swap.  Then how much trouble it would be to take advantage of some additional 9" capabilities.  Apparently I could get a harness that would display Yamaha gauge information on the Garmin, and also somehow control the Fusion entertainment system.  Another person suggested relocating the old 6" unit and making it part of a network that might further include VHF and AIS.  
      I'm sure I'll end up somewhere between doing nothing and doing it all. :D  The main attraction is getting a touch screen and bigger screen.  The other stuff may not be as important to me, but I welcome any comments. 
  • cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Northern NJMember, Moderator Posts: 1,643 ✭✭✭✭
    If you think of it, maybe you can post some pictures of the process along the way to share!
    2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
    2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

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