Project Activator Episode 15: Paint, Jack Plate, Gauges
In this episode we talk about the paint, the jack plate, and some other hardware and rigging. We ended up using Dupont (TM) ChromaPremier for the paint. The color is Porsche GT Silver Metallic, which is a really dark silver with a lot of depth. Looks great in the sun. We have work to do to finish still.
For the jack plate, I want to use 6” of setback, this with the 4” built into the Evinrude G2 bracket already, we will have 10” plus the 7” notch. That should be about right. Some like to use less with heavier engines, but generally, this much setback is better balancing, and creates bow lift with little trim. A manual plate is the most cost effective, and looks slick with no hydraulic lines or anything. I will probably decide in the next couple of weeks.
Our Livorsi gauges are Vantage View gauges, which are digital, NMEA 2000 network, are compatible with the big Evinrude. They are oversize, platinum dial, with the Mega rims. In addition to the gauges, we will have the 3.5” Evinrude Icon screen to enable some features of the engine. The foot throttle and hand control can be selected from the Icon screen, to make it really easy.
We also have some Finney’s wind deflectors that should keep us pretty wind free in the cockpit. They use a simple mount on a bar, and are a very sleek design.
Next episode we will take a closer look at finishing the paint. The hardware being installed, like the rubrail, the fittings etc. We also want to talk about the interior. Lots of work still, but we are getting the exciting part.