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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:34 am
by Hercdrvr
It’s like magic.
So now the question is:
1. tie the dash lights to ignition “on”
2. or to the NAV lights
3. or a dedicated instrument light switch? When running at night I like to keep interior blacked out.
Matt B

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:59 am
by Biss
Looks nice. I had the same thoughts when I was doing my electrical. In the end, I just swapped out all my bulbs with LEDs and they come on with the key switch. I have the other interior lights and nav lights on a three position pull switch. Don't really notice the gage lights during the day.

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:01 pm
by hoodman
I have the dash lights wired in with the nav lights. I get why you would possibly want them switched separately though. The other thing you might want to consider is if you want to be able to just have the stern light on if you're anchored at night. I have a 3 way switch for this (off-anc-nav).

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:24 pm
by Aussie
I have mine switched on there own. Option to have them off or on when I want to.

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:22 pm
by Jimbob
I have a separate nav switch that controls the front light and the rear flag pole light independent of the key on/off switch. You might be parked somewhere with the motor turned off and want to be seen.
My gauges are wired to the key on switch because if I am running at night, I want to know what the engine is doing. That circuit runs with the nav lights also so the gauge lights aren't on in the daytime.
If you don't want the gauges lit, why don't you just wire a rheostat (dimmer switch) between the key on switch, and the gauge lights? Just like a car.
Jim

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:28 pm
by TomB
Matt,

I've been planning to replace the Faria filament bulbs with LEDs. Here is a threat on the subject http://www.glen-l.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=29451 Maybe there is a red option that doesn't blow out your night vision.

Tom

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:36 pm
by Hercdrvr
I cut the channel for the 1/4” stainless inlay. I didn’t have a dado blade so I just made a few passes with 1/8” wide blade on the table saw. Like most things with my boat construction, it’s not perfect but close enough. The cutout channel is a little too wide at the ends. Look at left side of picture. How would y’all fill the 1/32” extra gap? I was thinking, just let the epoxy I use to secure the stainless in place ooz out and fill any gaps.
Next is to polish the stainless up nice and bright.
Matt B

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:43 pm
by mrintense
Looks great Matt. If the gaps are far enough outboard, will they be covered by other pieces. 1/32nd is pretty thin and I don't think anyone will notice.

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:38 pm
by Jimbob
Hi Matt,
Bet you could squeeze some famowood mahogany putty into the gap if it bugs you. You might not even notice once you get the stain and finish on the dash.
Jim

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:04 pm
by Hercdrvr
Sanded and polished the 1/4” stainless inlays for the dash. I Started with 400 grit and worked up to 3000 grit and then the polishing wheel.
Matt B

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:40 pm
by steveh41
Great looking dash Matt!

Re: instrument lights you might consider a separate switch with dimmer so you could dial in the effect you want. LED's are great... you can get red or blue as well as white. Personally I prefer the "warm white" to the "cool white", seems to look more natural to the eye...

Regards,

Steve

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:36 am
by mrintense
Nice work on the dash Matt. That is a nice effect. Once the centers are cut out and the instruments are in there, it is going to be a beaut!

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:45 am
by Biss
Really cool, looks nice!

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:49 am
by Hercdrvr
Closing up the bow with sub deck and getting the dash angle and deck overhang of the dash figured out.
About a 15 degree angle suits me.
Matt B

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:16 am
by JimmY
Lookin' good Matt.