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FullSpecdrum
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Location: MHC
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Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:45 pm
Would like to have a small "white board" on/at my center console to jot notes, and also so someone could make notes in an emergency situation. I was thinking a small piece of acrylic and a grease pen. I have a good 12x12 or so size area right next to the steering wheel where it could be easily mounted and used.

Anyone else use something similar?
  
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Jeanjockey
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Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:19 pm
An underwater Diver's slate would be perfect for this. Cheap and write's on when wet.
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PL240
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Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:43 pm
I keep a water proof note pad and pen in compartment on console.  
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Spacesaver
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Location: Wilson NC
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Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:03 pm
I keep a Ritchie wetnotebook on the top of the console and keep notes. Would do the same thing you are looking for. Link below.
https://www.amazon.com/Ritchie-W-50-Wet-Notes-8-Inch/dp/B0000VXAZQ
  
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Timorjc
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Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:33 pm
Jeanjockey wrote:
An underwater Diver's slate would be perfect for this. Cheap and write's on when wet.


This is what I use
  
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FullSpecdrum
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Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:55 pm
Thanks for the ideas. I like both those solutions, but think the divers slate is more what I was looking for.  
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glacierbaze
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Location: Chapel Hill/Pine Knoll Shores, NC
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Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:10 pm
I think it would be much easier to write on a note pad/clipboard, that on a fixed board on the console, when it is choppy.  
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seapro180
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Location: Winston Salem
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Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:48 am
glacierbaze wrote:
I think it would be much easier to write on a note pad/clipboard, that on a fixed board on the console, when it is choppy.


This is the problem i ran in to when i did it. It looked like my 5 year old niece got ahold of it. So i went with a "rite in the rain" notebook. Used these notebooks during college as most of my classes were in the field (woods, river, creek, snorkeling, on the water, etc) we had class rain or shine and this notebook was a life saver. You can use ink or pencil. I tested it out by writing the alphabet over and over in ink until i covered the whole page and then submerged it in a bowl of water. Left it sitting there to see how long the ink and paper would last. A month later i finally pulled it out and every letter was like i just wrote it on there. Took a paper towel and wipped across it and nothing smeared. Turned it over to the back and wrote my name on it and it wrote like new. I reccomend everyone have some kind of book like this for their boat if they dont have one already. As for the board, some may like it, i personally did not like that route for the fact that it was a pain to write on when it was choppy and even just accidentally rubbing up on it wiping half of what you wrote away.
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seayacharlie
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Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:00 am
Fullspekdrum, and Seapro I got to do this myself, and
thanks for the post. My book looks like it was written
in water colors. These are good ideas. Charlie
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FullSpecdrum
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Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:21 am
Thanks for the first hand advise seapro. Based on that I'll try the notebook first. Both options are cheap, so if you don't like one way it's an easy fix.  
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LASTCHANCE1
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Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:53 pm
Write on the Fiberglass with a pencil  
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triplewhammy
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Location: Wilmington
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Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:41 pm
What Last Chance said.
That's what I've done for years.
  
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triplewhammy
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Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:44 pm
What Last Chance said.
That's what I've done for years.
  
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RyanY
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Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:07 pm
I also use a pencil on the gel coat right beside the helm. When I come in, I wipe it clean.  
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