Author Topic: Contest 35s - Help Upgrading Pedestal Guard for Navigation Pods  (Read 669 times)

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Offline jasn

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After purchasing my 1991 Contest 35s this past October, I'm considering moving the Garmin 740 GPSmap plotter and the Raymarine ST60 wind, depth and speed gauges, to a pod configuration, installed on the pedestal guard. You can see examples of these pedestal guard/pod configurations at this page.

However, I see that most manufacturers of these pods have them for pedestal guards with a width of 9.5" and 12" only. The width of the Whitlock pedestal on my Contest 35s is 12.5". I've seen some suggestions that the pedestal guard could be replaced with one that it 12" wide, if you get the proper top plate too. Does anyone have advice on doing this? If you've done it, which parts did you use? Or if you know of a pod manufacturer who supports 12.5" width pedestal guards. I know I could attach a clamp on style of navigation pod to one bar, but I'm looking to install the ones which secures to both bars.

Finally, the sticker on my pedestal says that it is a "Custom made by Whitlock". So I imagine that Whitlock made these for Conyplex, but do they correspond to other Whitlock models. I ask because there is a rebuild kit available here in the US for Whitlock pedestals that states, "Fits Constellation 600 deluxe pedestal, Mamba 10 series pedestal, Cobra 5R deluxe pedestal, & Cobra 6R deluxe pedestals". Would this rebuild work for the Contest Whitlock pedestals?

Thanks,

Jason
« Last Edit: 19 January, 2014, 01:50:55 by jasn »

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Re: 1991 Contest 35s - Help Upgrading Pedestal Guard for Navigation Pods
« Reply #1 on: 17 January, 2014, 12:42:18 »
If my memory is correct Contest used the Whitlock Cobra until the nineties before switching to Lewmar. Perhaps Eric Klompenhouwer  can be of help here  ;-)

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Re: 1991 Contest 35s - Help Upgrading Pedestal Guard for Navigation Pods
« Reply #2 on: 17 January, 2014, 21:27:38 »
Hi Jason,

Withlock don't exist no longer (since 2001). Lewmar bougt this company and still makes the same pedestals. I suggest you contact the local sales office of Lewmar in the USA. They might help you, I hope....

Regards Eric (C35/37 "Paperino")

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Re: Contest 35s - Help Upgrading Pedestal Guard for Navigation Pods
« Reply #3 on: 18 January, 2014, 04:46:00 »
Thank you both.

I've contacted Lewmar via email to ask similar questions. If anyone can confirm that the pedestal Conyplex used on these boats was a Whitlock Cobra, it would be helpful.

Also if you have rebuilt or serviced your Contest Whitlock Pedestal, I would like to hear what you did to service it, what parts you needed, etc.

Jason
« Last Edit: 19 January, 2014, 01:51:14 by jasn »

 


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