Relocation of the engine panel

When Bob asked us at the boat shop where we wanted the engine panel, I did not have a good answer. So we installed it at a “standard” location in the cockpit. But even before we started the cutout, I knew I did not like this location. In addition to being very exposed to the damage by people, it also was leaking a little bit because of the flexibility of the panel frame (even with some extra precaution to improve it).

Engine panel integrated with the electrical panel epr_panel_details
Status of the engine on the front of the electrical panel and controls on the side
Labels for the lights are still missing
The alarm is inside the electrical box

Well, it took me 6 years to mature a better solution and find time to implement it...
The solution had to bypass the standard Yanmar panel which consume too much surface to be mounted anywhere else on a Norsea.

So I carefully dismantled the old panel, and only the important commands/lights to the electrical panel which is inside the cabin. I had unfortunately to replace the lights, switches and ignition keys because of wood was too thick to allow the old controls.

Starting and stopping the engine is as easy (or even easier) than before. The only drawback of this setting is that you have to lean inside to check the RPMs. However, it is not like to check this dial very often. Usually, after an initial setting, sound of the engine is enough to tell you if something is changing.

I also had to fill the large hole left in the cockpit where the old panel was. I originally planned to simply seal it completely with a wooden plank and epoxy. However, when was working in the engine room, I discovered how much light was entering by this cutout: I did not need anymore a flash light to see things. Wonderful natural light! So I installed a plastic port which provides:

  1. Ample light to work on the engine
  2. An option for good ventilation when the engine is running.
I agree, it is a weak point again in the cockpit, so I will monitor it and plan a system to seal the hole if the port break during bad weather.

Plastic port in place of the old engine panel