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Old 05-20-2020, 12:51 PM   #1
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Help me get rid of this eyesore! The boat is an older Alumaweld Formula Vee 19' that I bought 2 years ago. The electrical panel looks like shyt but I don't know where to find a replacement with the same measurements. Added is the fact that the battery switch beneath it isn't even in use, there is a modern 2 battery switch in the stern so I was thinking I should probably remove that also - but what do I do about the hole that would be left? I really only use the bilge pump switch.

Should I remove both and install one big panel? I've never tackled anything like this before. The original panel is 5" wide by 6" high. If I replaced both I would need 5" wide by 8" high.

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Old 05-20-2020, 12:56 PM   #2
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Old 05-20-2020, 02:27 PM   #3
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Search West Marine for switch panels. Other places will most likely beat the price, but West Marine has dimensions on the panels.
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Old 05-20-2020, 03:12 PM   #4
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If you are handy that can be manufactured as a DIY too. Tons of switch options out there that you can customize. You would have to get creative with labeling, maybe do a lacquer seal over the top to seal everything in.
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Old 05-20-2020, 07:14 PM   #5
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Yep this is an easy DIY project. Switches, breakers and an aluminum plate. For the labels a trophy shop can make them for around $10-15.
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Old 05-20-2020, 07:43 PM   #6
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Google "Blue Sea Systems". They've got the highest quality replacement panels. If you can't find one with the exact dimensions you want, get a piece of flat plate aluminum and cover the existing hole(s). If you aren't handy with tools, a fab shop could likely make up whatever you need very inexpensively. If you're anywhere near Eugene I could certainly fix you up. I've probably got just the right size piece of aluminum in my scrap pile.
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Google "Blue Sea Systems". They've got the highest quality replacement panels.

Absolutely, they are the best I know of.


For the panel, if it's not the same size and you need a smaller one, if you draw one up in a CAD system (create a DXF), you could order the plate from "sendcutsend" for $29 with free shipping. That's their minimum charge for a small laser cut part (with shipping) and, with everything I've ordered from them (got 50 small stainless plates cut for about $75), that should meet the minimum.


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Old 05-21-2020, 01:52 PM   #9
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The Blue Sea Systems Weathertech switch panels are very nice. I mounted mine on a piece of HDPE from TAP plastics, and then mounted that to the boat. Then sealed the edges with silicone sealant from West Marine.

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