Sir, that is a Gaffrig Precision Instrument which is now Livorsi Marine, but those gauges are at least 3 years old. Livorsi has not been shipping gauges with that logo on it for at least 3 years, maybe longer.
I understand that we pay a lot for gauges and you would expect them to last the life of the boat, (I am certain that the boat is well cared for), but it is impossible to offer an indefinite warranty on products, especially those that are used in a marine environment.
If you would like to have the gauges replaced, give me a call and I will work you the best deal I can to have it replaced.
Kept the Bullet and the condo and joined the cig 20 restoration club.
Like I said earlier, we haven't seen these problems with Livorsi products. Just the same, they will stand behind their product. I have NEVER been asked for a receipt for a warranty repair and I've never had to ask a customer for one.
Powder coating has no UV protection and does fade. Flaking or peeling is another issue.
The boats we maintain live inside and are cleaned and dried every time they get put away. Most owners fastidiously clean their boats during the day and cover the seats and panel when they are parked.
It is always more complicated than just the simple cost -and my response is to the original question about the colors and not the equipment.
As an example a standard stock traslucent powder color may cost $ 15.00 per lbs of material, minimum order is 50 lbs = $ 750.00 of inventory per color and you have 10 color options $ 7,500.00 in inventory that has a shelf life of 1 year + or - . A better performing powder will contain kynar resin, and will have to be custom batch made, cost per color will be about $ 3,000.00 per color x 10 colors --------ok ok you see where this is going - How many bezels do you have to sell to pay for $ 30K worth of inventory with a limited shelf life ? - But many people here on this thread have made excellent points - you pay $ 400K for a boat and have to spend 8 hrs per year changing out bezels ???? Everyone knows if your bezels look bad chances of you getting laid go down dramaticly.
What to do - Give me about 60 days and I will do some test and tell you what cleaning products to stay away from - Taking care of the boat becomes complicated - cleaners with chlorines for instance do a great job, but kill certain painted surfaces and they can be corrosive to aluminum surfaces. Many times water/ cleaners and or salt water migrate behind the bezel and stay wet for weeks between boat uses, many times the corrosion that you see starts from the back side- Certain types of powder coat materials will aborb moisture over time further leading to delamination and flaking -You can similar problems with anodized aluminum bezels for similar reasons.
My point of posting at all is he replaced his original VDO gauges (15+ years old, 1000+ hours run time) that were fully functional because they dated the boat. He went with 'the best' with no expense spared, but as it turns out the original VDO's are better because if a Livorsi gauge is "at least 3 years old" you are SOL.
I for one thought that if you buy Livorsi you would reap the benefits considering this quote from Mike Livorsi on the Livorsi web site. "...the highest standard of quality in the industry and, outstanding customer service."
I'm also getting really sick and tired of every marine manufacturer pulling this 'marine environment' BS. I have a 20 year old boat with original hardware and it's all fine. Why? because the manufacturer knew they were making a boat and built it accordingly. I see boats from the 80's and 90's all the time that have original gauges and hardware, so I know I'm not the oddball. Look at just about any 80's or 90's sportfishing boat (which constantly stay in the marine environment, not away from it on a trailer), you'll usually see all original equipment still installed.
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