Time to Upgrade

If you like electronics you’re going to dig this.  It’s time to upgrade the electronics on the FN Pair-A-Dice.  It started out with wanting to upgrade to a CHIRP fishfinder, but has morphed into a full on refit.  It’s time to have a system where all the electronics work together seamlessly.

We decided to go with all Simrad.  Two EVO3 16 inch multi-function displays will be the hubs running an S5100 CHIRP sounder with a 2KW Airmar R111 transducer.  A Simrad Halo 6 foot open array radar system with a Precision9 rate compass will help us navigate at night and in bad weather.  To save space at the helm for the displays, we chose to go with the Simrad R90 black box VHF and the Sonic Hub2 black box stereo system.  And to round out the system we upgraded to the Simrad AP44 auto pilot.

We are doing the install ourselves so I will post up here as we go.

The first step was to fiberglass in the holes where the stereo and VHF were mounted.  There will not be room for those with the new MFD’s.

I’ve never done any fiberglass work so this should be interesting 🙂

Solid glass took forever. Decided to core the patch on the hole for the old fish finder and that went much faster.  Used filler over that to get a smooth surface.

Patched over the back for extra strength.  Doesn’t need to be pretty in there.

OK, time to cut out holes and dry fit the new MFD’s.  Looks pretty good! We will gel coat that later and it will look like new.

The debate now is what color for the gel coat.  Match the existing white?  Or do something that contrasts?  Back to you soon with the results of that debate.

Until then, catch ’em up.

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