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Hey Everyone,

I'm new to the forum, but have had my 2005 Chaparral 350 Sig for two seasons now. Over the winter, I will be updating the tired dash panels and gauges on my helm and am looking for advice and inspiration to help update the look. 

Here are my projects:

(1) Determine whether I should refresh the existing gauges through Faria or replace them with new gauges

(2) Source new, old stock or custom dash panels, which will be hydrodipped with woodgrain look - color TBD. 

(3) Considering upgrading the cheap SS steering wheel I put on last year with the current gen 270 Signature steering wheel. Not sure who I can order this through or how much it'll cost. 

(4) Considering replacing my Raymarine E80 unit with a newer, touchscreen model that also has Fusion stereo control. 

I appreciate any advice I can get!

Jason Pawelsky

'Nauti Escape'

Minneapolis, MN

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Take a look at what this fella @Exoset did here with his previous 2004 Signature 270.  He did some pretty amazing upgrades to not only the helm, but the entire boat.  You'll probably see something that you'll like.  He went all out.  This entire thread is also filled with very cool stuff.

 

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Thanks for recommending I get in touch with Exoset. He has certainly done an amazing job of updating his Chaparral! 

Jason

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14 hours ago, Nauti Escape said:

Thanks for recommending I get in touch with Exoset. He has certainly done an amazing job of updating his Chaparral! 

Jason

Sure, NP.  Just FYI, he has a Searay now but I'm sure he'll be more than happy to answer any questions on what he did.  Welcome, BTW,

21 hours ago, Nauti Escape said:

(1) Determine whether I should refresh the existing gauges through Faria or replace them with new gauges

(2) Source new, old stock or custom dash panels, which will be hydrodipped with woodgrain look - color TBD. 

Those two are really up to you.  I think that's really a matter of taste and what you like better.  If you ask me, if you're "refreshing", then I would go with something different instead of the same thing only in new.  That would also influence what you use for panels.  Keep in mind also that those year boats were designed with a certain, distinct style in mind.  So if you update one thing, it might make you want to update the next thing near it to match the overall look.  Do you have a picture of your helm you can post?

21 hours ago, Nauti Escape said:

(3) Considering upgrading the cheap SS steering wheel I put on last year with the current gen 270 Signature steering wheel. Not sure who I can order this through or how much it'll cost. 

(4) Considering replacing my Raymarine E80 unit with a newer, touchscreen model that also has Fusion stereo control. 

I appreciate any advice I can get!

Most of the original Chaparral kits that people look for around here are usually found (or referred to) Cecile Marine in New Jersey.  One of their people is on this forum and they can usually get you the original parts to these Chaparral boats up to a certain extent/year back.  There is some cutoff date where they just don't stock or carry things for older boats.  But in this case for example the current gen steering wheel, you might be able to get it from them.  If not, you might find another one that's available that you might like.

http://www.cecilmarineonline.com/

For stereo linked to GPS stuff, I think this fella might be your best bet.  @Was_Wylie_Tunes Hopefully he gets this tag and chimes in.  

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16 hours ago, Nauti Escape said:

Thanks for recommending I get in touch with Exoset. He has certainly done an amazing job of updating his Chaparral! 

Jason

Hi Jason,

just saw your PM this morning and I was thinking that it is best to answer here. I did a couple of things on my Sig 290 2004.

If I had to do it again, here are the things I loved most :

- Hydraulic steering upgrade (I went with seastar system which includes the ram on the engines, the helm and the steering wheel + hoses)

- Hydraulic steering system allowed me to put a Garmin Hydraulic AutoPilot

- Put a nmea2k sensor in the fresh water tank to have the fresh water level on the GMI 20

- Since I went with a Garmin AP, I also went with a Chartplotter Garmin 7612 xsv and the AP gauge + a small Garmin GMI 20, a 4 inch mfd where you can see a lot of stuff.

- A Fusion MS AV755 + 2 NRX200i remote (one in the cabin and the other on the swim platform)

- In order to fit all this I also put the console of the Sig 290 2009.

This is just the helm and I just listed what I liked most but there is more. With a Sig 350 you definitely want the auto pilot and Garmin integration is very nice. I can't go this way with the Sea Ray but I wish I could have. It is as simple as pin point on your Chartplotter and let the AP  engage by himself, if like me, you go with the charts G2 Vision you don't even have to bother creating the route and it is very reliable too.

About your gauges, if I were you I think I would either keep analog gauge or dedicate a mfd especially for this purpose with  Maretron you can have something like this :

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I will be glad to provide help and#or parts numbers I used if you want.

 

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Nauti, csn you tap into the engines computer?? That would lead you into a whole new world of gauges.

If you can, i can get more in depth on this.

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I don't know the answer to that question, @Iggy, but I have 8.1 liter Volvo Penta's, not Mercruisers so, unfortunately, none of the cool SmartCraft gauges will work. 

 

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I have a twin a Volvos. My tech broke and i tapped into the engines computer. 

Now i can use my GPS and over the winter, pull out the old analog tech and install a LCD that can display a ton of data.

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@Iggy, I'd love to hear more about your project. What LCD gauge and wiring is needed to tap into the engine computer? I don't know much about it other than being aware of the harness on the engines where the mechanics can plug in and pull engine data (run hours, faults, etc.).

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Nauti, you have a 2005 model year. I have a 2011 model. 

Contact these people to make sure that you your model year will work with there gatway!! http://www.yachtd.com/products/engine_gateway.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwyOreBRAYEiwAR2mSku9k0G167wsYPxrH6vFKlqxJuRaHlKDJZEXxrdcI8jcNZoGt-S353hoCd5gQAvD_BwE  This is what I installed and connected it  to my NMEA2k network. 

If it does, as mentioned, it opens a new world of gauges. This is the gauge that I am looking at. https://www.simrad-yachting.com/simrad/type/instruments/is35-digital-gauge/  When the New England Boat Show hits Boston, I want to talk to the Simrad people before buying.

Just an FYI, my tech does for 650 bucks. At the time the gatway was 175 and it displays both engine tech date on my GPS. The Simrad is only 350 so its still cheaper and will display a lot more data.

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On 10/31/2018 at 11:10 AM, Nauti Escape said:

touchscreen model that also has Fusion stereo control. 

There are a couple others also offering compatible N2K interfacing.  JL, Kicker (coming soon), Wet Sounds (soon to have N2K) just to name FEW. 

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