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    Hello all,

    This is my first post - but can someone direct me to a place where I can locate an instrument panel for a 1979 Mako. Last year was my first year with the boat and I had to replace the outboard (went from a 115hp Yamaha (1984) to a 2003 90hp Mercury. Lost the hp , but got a great deal on the outboard (basically 1/2 price with less then a 100 hours on it) - couldn't pass it up. But anyway, I am looking to fix up a few things to make it mine, so if there is anywhere that I can go, I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks...

    Tony

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    I had to make both panels. The factory mat'l is not (or so I was told) available. I used a black plastic, 1/4" thick. I made these using the old ones as a guide.
    2003 Boston Whaler 255 Conquest w/ twin 200 HPDI\'s. MA & ME

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    • #3
      They are easy to make. Here is the one I made for my 1982 Mako 224. The only tools you need are a router, table saw and a drill press.


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      • #4
        Thanks for the info...and the pic was great...I think I am going to like this forum!!!!

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        • #5
          I also made my own using Rowmark engraving stock. I bummed the idea off of Ringleader though. []



          I wrote up the entire process here:

          http://cablespeed.com/%7Ebriandm/projects/project4.htm
          Brian[br]St. Leonard, MD

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          • #6
            Here's mine...




            Slidell, LA 1993 Mako 261B - Temperance

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            • #7
              This is great stuff - I am really motivated now to get this going (hopefully the wifey will let me make some changes [])... I printed out the project info and hopefully I can incorporate this into my boat...thanks again!!!

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              • #8
                BTT because I need to completely redo my instrument panel as well. And through ignorance / lack of time on my part, having trouble finding appropriate plastic stock.

                Anyone want to sell me one of their leftover bits?

                I figure I need 19"7/8 x 8"3/4. Will gladly pay for materials plus shipping.

                Thanks -
                NYC & L.I. - 1974 \"Classic\" Mako 20\' - Suzuki 2006 DF150 - Fly & Light Tackle, C&R[br]My boat: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23444#159594[br]Personal website: http://www.georgemcauliffe.com/

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                • #9
                  "Try US plastic (www.usplastic.com). Look under "sheet". They have different sizes of material (PVC, Acrylic, ABS) in most colors, including black.
                  Steve[br]Scituate MA

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                  • #10
                    Ok, thanks. The page is below.

                    Now WHICH TYPES of plastic would be suitable?

                    Need UV-stabilized, right?

                    (I don't see rowmark listed...)

                    http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/cat...Name=62&Page=1

                    BTW - the polypropylene sheet, 24x48x1/2 black, item 42620, seems miss-priced at $17, so I might go for that.
                    NYC & L.I. - 1974 \"Classic\" Mako 20\' - Suzuki 2006 DF150 - Fly & Light Tackle, C&R[br]My boat: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23444#159594[br]Personal website: http://www.georgemcauliffe.com/

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                    • #11
                      what about starboard? will it work?
                      Steven[br]1978 Powercat 232[br]One flat broke, the other almost ready to float!!![br]Atlanta, GA

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                      • #12
                        This is exactly what you need... In the 1/4" material. The color selection isn't as good as what they have for the 1/8" materails, but the 1/4" is much sturdier.

                        At the bottom of the page there is a "Back" link, you can click that to get to the rest of Rowmark's stuff.

                        http://www.rowmark.com/Specification...hts&Columns=22
                        Slidell, LA 1993 Mako 261B - Temperance

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                        • #13
                          Ringleader and GW204,

                          I will be replacing my panels as well. It looks like you both decided to get rid of the Factory Toggle Switch/Fuse combination, well I am not sure what the Grady had before. How do you your current switches? What brand? My friend replaced his with the same style. His boat sits in the water without a cover. The switches have gone to hell, half of them do not work. I have never had an issue with the factory toggle, I am torn wether to keep them or change. The style you guys have look a lot better.

                          Both your panels look great, way better than factory at the time, I can't wait to get started.
                          Paul[br]Plantation, Fl [br]1988 Mako 236 Inboard

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                          • #14
                            My boat came from the factory with the toggles also.



                            The rockers I put in are Carling switches like Ed's, just a little different. I got them from Boatfix. They have been on the boat for almost 2 years now and I haven't had a single problem. They even spent the last year exposed to the elements cause my console cover doesn't fit since the addition of the T-Top. I really have to get that taken care of...... []

                            I also used them on my brother's boat and he hasn't had any problems either.
                            Brian[br]St. Leonard, MD

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                            • #15
                              Where did you all buy that engraving stock?
                              1975 23\' Tampa,FL

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