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New Panels, New Controls

posted Sep 16, 2011, 7:14 PM by Christopher Hubbell
I couldn't stand the look of the red oak panels I made, so I plunked down the cash for a real 1/4" teak plywood panel.  From it I crafted two replacement panels for the aft cabin bulkhead.  This gave me a home for the AC main panel and the two bilge pump switches (primary & secondary).  At this point, only the primary is installed, but I wanted to reserve the space for #2 when the ambition hits me.
New AC Mains and Bilge Pump Controls

After quite a bit of trial and error I went with Minwax "Gunstock" stain on the panels after a thorough sanding with 220 grit paper.  It looks very close to the original finish that was on my boat.  I have no idea whether or not my finish is factory original, so your mileage may vary.  I'm very pleased with the color though.  After the stain dries, I put on two coats of Lemon Oil and it ends up looking absolutely beautiful.

I think I'm going to make an access panel to mount the controls in so that I can get to the wiring behind with less fussing.  I'm pretty sure a survey will turn up that recommendation, but for now I just wanted to get it done.

On the opposite side of the cabin I have flush-mounted the VHF radio, and will soon be adding a stereo right underneath it.