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Catalina Control Panel conversion ideas and suggestions

We have a Catalina 36' control panel and we are replacing it with a Beta Marine model "C".  The new Beta control panel is Higher but narrower than the Catalina Panel that is curretny in place.   we are very new to sailing and need as much help as possible .  What are some ideas or suggestions for a smooth transition to a new panel that is not the same size and mounting?  and secondly, what materials would people suggest for the gap(s)?  Lexan? wood?   Thank you everyone : ) 

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Chuck & Alysen;
 First, Welcome to the forum.
What are some ideas or suggestions for a smooth transition to a new panel that is not the same size and mounting? 
One idea that may seem a little radical at first, is to head off to the local trophy shop and have an entirely new panel made that fits the original opening. We priced one out to replace our rather discolored original panel and the new engraved panel came in at under $100.00. True, you may have to do a little re-positioning of Bata's switches, but it might prove to be the easier answer in the end. Just a thought........
Bill

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I made a replacement panel several years ago from ABS.  Came out great.  Use the old panel as a patern for outside dimensions and new panel for gauge/switch sizes.  

if the beta is smaller in all directions- just mount it on an ABS backer plate.   Tapp plastic will have what you need and can cut for a few bucks more. My new panel was about $3 of ABS

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