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catamount
05-01-2012, 09:43 PM
I'm in the process of fixing up a new-to-me '87 PS 190. The boat came with a cobbled together and broker stereo cover in the very narrow dash area.

I knew I had to replace it but had a nearly impossible time finding a cover narrow enough to fit in the 2 1/2" tall spot where the stereo is located. I don't think there is an off the shelf cover that will fit without modifications.

Here is what I started with:

http://i.imgur.com/DsNTE.jpg

I thought about relocating the stereo and covering the hole with a plate, but decided to try modifying this small marine cover I found on ebay. It was about $10 shipped. Luckily, they included the dimensions in the ebay listing so I knew it would fit after some modifications.

Here is a link to the same item: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Boat-Radio-Housing-Black-Plexi-New-Stereo-Cover-AM-FM-/130683666209?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item1e6d5a7f21&vxp=mtr

http://i.imgur.com/PoLhA.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/GOI8z.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/5bzCu.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/0JcpB.jpg

It arrived.

http://i.imgur.com/03268.jpg

The first thing to do is measure the frame of the stereo. Mine was 7" x 2". They should all be relatively similar. I then covered the front with painters tape so it didn't get all scratched up while I had it face down on my workbench.

http://i.imgur.com/3hfi0.jpg

This cover was made for the old style 2-post stereos. This is where you take out your dremel and modify the back to fit. I cut out a 7" x 2" hole to accommodate the face of my stereo.

http://i.imgur.com/JiIYg.jpg

Eventually after some back-and-forth trimming I got a pretty tight fit. You have to be careful not to remove too much material as there will only be 1/4" of frame on each side when you're done.

It's not attached to the hull yet, and I'm not sure how I'm going to do that either. Some kind of adhesive? I would like to make this as waterproof as possible. Any suggestions?

http://i.imgur.com/UQMR6.jpg

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imjusthereforthefood
05-02-2012, 12:32 PM
great work!

DemolitionMan
05-02-2012, 12:56 PM
The stereo looks great!

SkiDog
05-02-2012, 03:26 PM
That white dash looks even better, but nice work on the stereo too!

thatsmrmastercraft
05-02-2012, 03:31 PM
Nicely done.

mayo93prostar
05-02-2012, 03:35 PM
That cover looks alot better than the rough hole. I recommend to use some clear silicone caulk to fasten the cover to the dash. I assume you have the radio supported with something behind the dash. How about a pic of the whole boat?

catamount
05-02-2012, 03:48 PM
That cover looks alot better than the rough hole. I recommend to use some clear silicone caulk to fasten the cover to the dash. I assume you have the radio supported with something behind the dash. How about a pic of the whole boat?

Yeah, I think silicone is what I'll end up going with.

As far as more pictures of the boat, check out this thread:

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=46548