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Pedestal side panels

Post by Spector » Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:53 am

While I have the steering pedestal from the :macx: off to patch a bunch of old holes and re gelcoat, I'm going to change the side panels. Do i replace with the same black plexiglass or do something different and use white?

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by K9Kampers » Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:06 am

The screw holes on mine have stripped out as well. A future project to remedy that is to fab a door with a frame to attach hinges and catch...(no hasps!) There is even enough space in the helm to incorporate an open utility pocket in the door. Undecided on material - wood, plexi, fiberglass.

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by Tomfoolery » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:56 pm

How are you planning on securing the new panels? Mine are stripped (of course), and I've moved up to larger screws, but I've been thinking about moving to epoxied SS nuts, or inserts like Rivnuts or rubber Well Nuts or something like that. Wood screws into FRP is just not a good way to fly, IMO.

And my panels are pretty shot, too, so I'll be monitoring to see what you do and how it comes out. :wink:

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by RussMT » Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:00 pm

I believe they are made of polycarbonate not plexiglass. A good solution to stripped holes might be to glue a block of wood behind it.

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by Spector » Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:06 pm

Mine stripped out too. A few years back I glued hardwood blocks in behind. Works good and simple solution

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by Spector » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:51 pm

Mock up of white panel. Not the right thickness or anything but gives an idea

https://photos.app.goo.gl/12tczWPvg6cPpZiA3

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by Tomfoolery » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:37 pm

If that's a piece of Starboard (or other HDPE 'lumber'), you could always just rabbet the edges so it appears thinner. Round-over cutter to soften the edges like the originals, and you're there. Cheaper to use thinner Starboard to start with, of course, but even then it might be worthwhile to rabbet the edges so they're thin enough to not look clunky.

Also stronger than the originals, for building in cubbies and stuff.

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by NiceAft » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:46 pm

The hardwood backing seems to be the simplest and most economical solution. As to the color, that's purely personal.

As an interior designer (42 years furniture industry; 17 as an interior designer), white and black is a very distinctive color combination. That's what I chose to keep with when I upgraded the cockpit cushions (black Sunbrella). It is a purely personal choice. If Puce was your choice, go for. You're the only one who maters :D

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by Tomfoolery » Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:22 pm

NiceAft wrote:If Puce was your choice, go for.
Hey, I actually know that word! Though the only other place I've ever seen or heard it used was in The Competition (1980 movie) when Lee Remick told Amy Irving that a medal (for winning a piano competition) would discolor the skin on her chest to ". . . a lovely shade of puce." Actual quote truncated so I don't get booted. :D :D

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by DaveC426913 » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:23 pm

I'm planning the same mod.

I'm going to do mine in hardwood to match my fancy new 2-piece hatch.

I've been toying with ideas for a cubby, but haven't figured it out yet.

I was thinking of a door that hinges outward from the bottom, but that would collect water.

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by warfin » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:24 pm

I've reattached my starboard pedestal cover with countersink screws and rivnuts, while the port side is simply bolted through with nuts and washers.
Rivnuting is one of my favourite techniques when attaching devices to :macx: The tool kit cost about $90 AUS and is a unit which keeps on giving. Just make sure that you give the tool a really good squeeze as the rivnut can otherwise rotate on removal.

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by K9Kampers » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:39 pm

warfin wrote:I've reattached my starboard pedestal cover with countersink screws and rivnuts...
I had to Youtube that to see how it installs. Looks like a great solution to the pedestal issue!

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by Highlander » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:24 pm

I used rivit nuts as well seeing I had all kinds left over from other Mods

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by Spector » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:08 pm

I made a little video of the work

https://youtu.be/fsp21WQ2IxY

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Re: Pedestal side panels

Post by paul I » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:54 am

Maybe I'm a little lazier than you guys. The screws to my pedestal also stripped out. I used something like these...

https://www.oreillyauto.com/shop/hardwa ... nuts-17531

I think they are commonly called "speed nuts". There are lots of different types made from several types of metals. The best ones have a full threaded barrel on the back end, like a hex nut.

Its been about 4 years now and no problems at all. I have even removed the plex panels to do work and then replaced them a few times. Just be sure the speed nuts are properly alighned before to re-attach the panel.

There were a few spots where the amount of fiber glass flash was too wide to allow the hole in the speed nut to line up with the hole in the pedestal. A little work with a dremil tool took care of that.

I also use them to screw 6x9 audio speakers into the stripped out holes in the V-berth bulkheads, which is where I got the idea from.

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