July 2017 – Replacing the gauges was on my shortlist in the upper helm. After 35 years and a couple replaced years ago they needed to be freshened up. The plastic lenses were all faded and the trim was faded as well – and let’s not forget that some of the gauges weren’t all that accurate anymore.
We replaced them with Sierra gauges that were purchased at WestMarine and were able to get all of them except the rudder position. Installation was relatively easy although we had to make the wires a bit longer by pulling them up a bit. Over the years and all the pounding by the waves the wires settled and were pulling on the connections. We harnessed them up so there will be not pulling on them and can expect years of great work.