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1967 Sportsman LDFV © L.Shuster
Sportsman Helms
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Last Updated:

22 December 2006

uring the off-season winter of 2005 - 2006, I decided to update my Sportsman's existing helm console. My goals were to update the safety, reliability, functionality, and appearance of the Evinrude Sportsman's instruments and controls. In short, I wanted to combine the best modern technology and allow it to compliment the tidy, 40-year-old design. For reference, several Evinrude Sportsman helm's can be viewed here. The completed project is detailed below.

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One challenge was to optimize the limited available space, while accommodating the following devices:

The "lower" console area (blue-padded vinyl) provides space for:

  •  VHF Marine DSC Radio (not shown) -- ICOM IC-M402 with remote CommandMIC
  •  Six-Bank WeatherDeck™ Switch Group for Mechanical/Safety functions
  •  OMC Tru-Course Rudder Indicator and "Destroyer" wheel
  •  Four-Bank WeatherDeck™ Switch Group for Lighting functions
  •  12-Volt accessory outlet
  •  Ignition - Starter Key switch
  •  Bennett Trim Tab Euro-style rocker switch
  •  "Man Overboard" Lanyard (red) Safety Switch
  •  Ritchie B-51 Explorer Compass (not shown)
  •  "Blank" horizontal area for future gimbal-mounted GPS - Chartplotter - Sounder

The "upper" console area (flat-black background) provides for:

  •  Eight, CruzPro digital marine instruments with NMEA 1083 data outputs:
    •  SLT-110, Speed (pulse driven) - Logging (Odo-Distance/Timer) - Temperature (water)
    •  RH-110, Engine RPM, Engine Hours, Elapsed Timer, Alarms
    •  OP-30, Engine Oil Pressure and Alarms
    •  T-30, Engine Coolant Temperature and Alarms
    •  A-30, Electrical load (Ammeter) and Alarms
    •  FU-30, Intelligent Fuel Gauge with Alarms and Consumption Calculator
    •  GD-25, Gasoline (petrol) Vapor Detector and Alarm
    •  D-30, Depth Sounder (1.2-ft to 1000-ft, 120 kHz Transducer) with Alarms

The under dash area "hides" the following:

  •   Dual, relay-controlled, electric horns
  •   Cole Hersee De-boarding Timer (w/ 2-4-6-8 minute delay) for Bilge blower
  •   Hellroaring Technologies dual battery remote control switch/indicator
  •   Original Map/Interior Light
  •   Battery (B+) cut-off switch
  •   Blue Sea Systems DC Distribution/Fuse Panel
  •   Blue Sea Systems ammeter Shunt Shifter
  •   Blue Sea Systems insulated dual distribution busses (qty., three)
  •   Distribution of CruzPro instrument alarms - NMEA 1083 signal serial data streams

Also, the engine / bilge compartment is updated to accommodate:

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