Flying Bridge Restoration

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Flying Bridge Restoration

Postby carl » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:21 pm

Starting my Flying Bridge Restoration. Using the original Port and Starboard gauge panels as templates, I fabricated two new panels out of 1/2" thick black Starboard material, I routed the edges and countersunk the screw holes for a finished look. The Teleflex gauges were a drop-in replacement with no need to modify the wiring harness.
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1990 Marinette 32' Sedan Fly Bridge "IKOI"
Twin Crusader 350's (Closed Loop Cooling)
Bow to Stern Full On Restoration in Progress
Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee
A boat is always safe at shore, but that's not what its built for...

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Re: Flying Bridge Restoration

Postby boattown » Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:09 pm

Me too. I added alarms for exhaust temp, oil pressure and water temp. I decided to use Faria gauges on white quarter inch mat acrylic. I still need to fill in the etched labels so they are readable.

I'm documenting the total rehab of a 32 Sedan Flybridge here: https://1978marinette32.wordpress.com
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Re: Flying Bridge Restoration

Postby javalin390 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:02 pm

Interesting....great minds must think alike. I pulled my flybridge dash this winter for restoration. Mine is a 1975 37' sedan flybridge and the dash is the original 1/8" decorative plywood that, after 40+ years of rain & sun, the veneer is peeling apart. The gauges are very faded too (mine are Stewart/Warner's) I'm glad you fellas posted yours, as I am trying to decide a good material to replaced the plywood dash. I had thought about the acrylic, it looks very nice, but was thinking something bold, like carbon fiber. Just not sure where to buy such pieces of stock to make it out of. Anyone have an idea where to purchase the material?
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Twin 360 Chryslers.
Marblehead, Ohio

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Re: Flying Bridge Restoration

Postby javalin390 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:20 pm

Love your web page, Boattown ! Awesome
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Twin 360 Chryslers.
Marblehead, Ohio

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Re: Flying Bridge Restoration

Postby yooper » Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:45 pm

My 1988 32' flybridge sat out in the weather for years. The project boat was low hours and everything inside was like new. The flybridge electronics and gauges had to be gone through. I made a plywood template of the flybridge cutouts and moved into the shop. The wires and guages came out easily and I mounted them to the plywood template. I hooked a test light to a 12v power supply, got a good double crimper and started cleaning or replacing the connectors. I found new breaker switches and starter switches. I had to replace a few gauges and breakers. Correct starter switches were harder to find. I wanted brand new starter circuts. Also had to replace horns, antenna, light and Stereo speakers. Working inside on a bench helped get though it efficiently.

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Carbon fiber effect

Postby yooper » Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:08 pm

I just watched a wheeler-dealer episode about restoring a land rover. They took out dashboard panels which we painted a horrible bright blue by a prior owner. They took them to one of those little english specialty shops that sanded them and coated the parts with a film that gave the parts a perfect carbon fiber effect. All I remember is they cut a piece of film with the carbon effect printed on it and floated it in a shallow water tank. They sprayed something on the film and dropped the part through it. When they pulled it out it looked like it was made out of carbon fiber. Mike the show host said it was inexpensive.

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Here is another system that looks like something I would totally screw up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LhMxcHUKAw

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Re: Flying Bridge Restoration

Postby carl » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:02 pm

Picked up my new Fly Bridge switch panel and the circuit breakers arrived from http://www.onlinecomponents.com, this is the last of my switch panel/circuit breaker upgrades. More to come on the Fly Bridge restoration...
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1990 Marinette 32' Sedan Fly Bridge "IKOI"
Twin Crusader 350's (Closed Loop Cooling)
Bow to Stern Full On Restoration in Progress
Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee
A boat is always safe at shore, but that's not what its built for...

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Re: Flying Bridge Restoration

Postby carl » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:59 am

Today I removed my fly bridge for offsite restoration...Lots more to come on this topic.
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1990 Marinette 32' Sedan Fly Bridge "IKOI"
Twin Crusader 350's (Closed Loop Cooling)
Bow to Stern Full On Restoration in Progress
Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee
A boat is always safe at shore, but that's not what its built for...

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Re: Flying Bridge Restoration

Postby Wilfred » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:45 pm

How was/is the flybridge attached?
How much do you estimate the flybridge weighs?
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Re: Flying Bridge Restoration

Postby carl » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:42 am

Wilfred,c
My flying bridge was originally secured to the upper deck with eight stainless steel sheet metal screws, two in each corner and easily accessible with a screwdriver from outside of the FB, if you haven't located your hold downs just look for four tabs welded to the FB on the outside of the FB, one on each corner, two on the port side and the other two on the starboard.
I installed eight aluminum 10-32 Rivnuts into my upper deck in place of the eight sheet metal screws to better accommodate the reinstallation and any future removals of the FB. Additionally I permanently installed four stainless steel bow eyes, one on each corner to accommodate the lifting shackles/slings, and I got it right, even the yard guys here at the marina said they never seen a FB come off so level on the first try. These bow eyes will be beneficial on reinstallation and any future removals, I call it "Looking Ahead" something I've been doing throughout this project. I completely gutted the FB before removal and once it was lifted off of my boat and paced on the ground a friend and I (two men) picked it up by hand and loaded it onto a flatbed trailer for my offsite restoration of it. We were both surprised how light it was and we both estimated its weight to be around 200 lbs.
1990 Marinette 32' Sedan Fly Bridge "IKOI"
Twin Crusader 350's (Closed Loop Cooling)
Bow to Stern Full On Restoration in Progress
Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee
A boat is always safe at shore, but that's not what its built for...