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Mar-12-2019 @ 2:59 PM                           Permalink
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We have decided to replace our helm panel. It incorporates a boat schematic and both rocker switches and little pop out fuse things. We would like to use carbon fibre and would appreciate any comments or advice from those who have used this. There are no dials as these are on a different, raised up GRP moulding section of the helm.

It seems to be usually patterned, as per the pic below, so I was wondering how engraving might work/look on that, and as we have an edged panel ( curves along an edge top and bottom), we are going to have three pieces and joins, so any pics or comments about this aspect would also be helpful.

We've been to Brian Wards who are always very helpful and will do the panel for us,  but they only have limited examples in their shop, and the lady of the boat wants to be sure she's making the right choices!  Blush

Any comments, advice, experience would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks, Karen

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Why not make the panel out of fibreglass then cover  it with carbon fibre wrap.

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Hi Not sure what you want Carbon fibre is a very strong matting just like glass matting you lay up the same with resin, bit overkill for a dash panel OR! do you mean the finish of carbon fibre in which case machine turned ally with acid bath treatment would look similar or have Wards make you a dash from acrylic in any finish you want they do a first class job, most go for Walnut finish or matt black leather cloth with a layer of foam underneath which when switches are screwed down give a recessed finish around each switch, chose the lay out with rev counter switches dials and they will do all the work not cheap BUT QUALITY job.John

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