What to put in 3" hole from remote?

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  1. powerdbygarrett

    powerdbygarrett Member

    55
    Feb 27, 2014
    Forked River, NJ
    2006 Sundancer 280, Ipad Navi, Full JL Sound System
    Dual 4.3L Mercruisers
    So my 280da came with a factory clareon remote control for music, mounted on the left side of the steering wheel.

    That is where I mounted my new headunit instead of the remote. Now I have a better idea of where to mount the headunit but I do not want to be left with a 3" hole on the dash.

    What can I install in that hole in order for it to not look horrible and maybe be useful at the same time?
     
  2. LG111

    LG111 Member

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    Jan 4, 2015
    NW
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    8.1
    If you have a genset. Put a temp guage in its place.
     
  3. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Active Member

    832
    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1999 Sundancer 340
    454 Mercruiser's w/ V Drives, Westerbeke gen set
    If you want to go low cost just cover the hole with matching dash plate material.
     
  4. Cincy Aquaholic

    Cincy Aquaholic Active Member

    Mar 15, 2009
    Cincinnati
    290 SS - 2016 Ford F250 Powerstroke
    Twin 5.7 with Bravo 1's
    New remote?
     
  5. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    How about the base for a RAM mount so you can have a way to hold your phone or tablet and be visible from the helm? Could get fancy and built a base and install USB charging port in it too.
     
  6. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    why not just leave the old remote installed in the hole?....no one will know it does not work except you.....

    how about a remote for the new head unit?......

    cliff
     
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  7. powerdbygarrett

    powerdbygarrett Member

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    Feb 27, 2014
    Forked River, NJ
    2006 Sundancer 280, Ipad Navi, Full JL Sound System
    Dual 4.3L Mercruisers

    Unfortunately I do not have a genset.



    That is what I was also thinking, I have a matching dash plate material piece being made for the VHF, I can order one for the hole and make an AUX switch panel?



    New remote wouldn't be necessary because my new head unit it ran directly to the helm. The new head unit is in the remotes place. After having it there I do not really like it. Not to comfortable to control and not mounted completely strait due to lack of space. I would like to move it to where the fuel gauge is mounted.


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    Seems like a base will be the best option



    Old remote is already in the trash. New remote is not necessary.
     
  8. JimG

    JimG Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    So I assume the big rectangle hole is for your VHF?

    BTW... you need to update your boat details so we know exactly what you have.
     
  9. powerdbygarrett

    powerdbygarrett Member

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    Feb 27, 2014
    Forked River, NJ
    2006 Sundancer 280, Ipad Navi, Full JL Sound System
    Dual 4.3L Mercruisers
    Yes, The big rectangle is for VHF. I am waiting on an adapter plate to come in to mount a new smaller unit.

    Boat details updated. Thanks for the heads up
     
  10. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
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    Have you measured the fuel gauge area? From the picture, it sure doesn't appear that the RF head unit will even fit there?

    What about putting it where the old VHF was (if it fits) and getting a "black box" VHF, instead? They can be mounted out of sight/behind the dash and the only thing visible would be the mic.
     
  11. sr330daguy

    sr330daguy Member

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    Hudson River
    97 330da
    7.4 MPI's Bravo 1s
    Westebeke 4.5
  12. powerdbygarrett

    powerdbygarrett Member

    55
    Feb 27, 2014
    Forked River, NJ
    2006 Sundancer 280, Ipad Navi, Full JL Sound System
    Dual 4.3L Mercruisers
    Yeah, measured it last night. Unfortunately it is half inch too big. It will fit but will not look right. So I will just leave it as is.

    As for the black box vhf, I looked at them before and I hate to use this term, way too expensive. I hope to never use it anyway

    Thanks, Ill give them a call. I got a price quote from tecnografic in florida. Lets see who is cheaper
     
  13. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
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    There are also some "regular" VHF's that can support using a remote mic. Meaning, some basic VHF's, while they do have a display, can be mounted out of sight, then get the remote mic for it. Typically less expensive than a "true" black box. Just an FYI.
     
  14. powerdbygarrett

    powerdbygarrett Member

    55
    Feb 27, 2014
    Forked River, NJ
    2006 Sundancer 280, Ipad Navi, Full JL Sound System
    Dual 4.3L Mercruisers
    Could you link me to a model? I cant seem to find it.

    thanks
     
  15. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    You're really just looking for any VHF that supports an optional, remote mic. The mic would have it's own, full function display, buttons and speaker. In Two Deep - thanks for the link! I believe the Explorer is another model by SH that offers it - I'm sure other brands do, as well.
     
  16. tbrown1985

    tbrown1985 Member

    37
    Sep 14, 2017
    Chattanooga, TN Franklin, TN
    340 Sundancer 2001
    230 Signature BR 1997
    7.4 Mercruiser V Drives
    7.4 Mercruiser Bravo I
    Did this last weekend. I made the hole 1/4" larger and dropped in a stainless cupholder. turned out nice. kinda harder to see as I was doing a lot of other work, but its just to the right of the controls where the old Clarion remote came out. IMG_3801.jpg
     
  17. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    261
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    My plan is to replace my radio remote with a chain counter gage. I'll get my remote on my MFD when I install a Fusion.
     
  18. tbrown1985

    tbrown1985 Member

    37
    Sep 14, 2017
    Chattanooga, TN Franklin, TN
    340 Sundancer 2001
    230 Signature BR 1997
    7.4 Mercruiser V Drives
    7.4 Mercruiser Bravo I
    Chain counter is a good idea. I may do that. Been doing the Fusion/Garmin upgrades myself too lately. Works really well together IMG_3795.jpg IMG_3795.jpg IMG_3726.jpg IMG_3771.jpg
     

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