Let's get this interior "furniture" built and finished so the fun stuff can begin. Utilizing a drawing from the owner we started on the console and seating area inside the wheelhouse today. The components were made slightly oversized and will be glassed together off the boat. Once they are glassed together they can be cut lower or shifted one way or another. Sometimes it can be tough to see how something is going to work based on a drawing. Other times things get built to a size to use up a piece of material that is "perfect" for the job. This is shaping up to be a post where I use a lot of "quotation marks". Easy math could dictate a change in design..... For example you can take three 16" strips off a 4 ft sheet of nidacore, so you might as well change the 15" shelves to 16" to use up the useless scrap.
The key is to make changes in such a way so that the owner doesn't realize that you are messing with their design. Then when the boat is finished a comment like "this is exactly how I envisioned it". Anyway, back to the construction. Picture #2 shows the first part of the seating down the port side of the wheelhouse. When the owner arrives next week we'll be able to decide on a height that will work for this project. Because of the height of the wheelhouse it might be a good idea to raise up the benches so that you can still see out the windows. A "normal" seat would be about 17 - 19" and this one might want to be 22 or higher. Then you run into issues with having your feet to high off the ground so the owner is going to have to make the call on this bench. Storage space and the air conditioner will live in this box once it is complete.
The self-timer on the camera was used for the first time today. I was trying to show seat height and the space between the seat an console. Most of the time you want these permanent captains chairs to keep your eye level at the same height as if you were standing. In the seat two tackle boxes will be installed and down the starboard side of the wheelhouse there will be a "fishing rod box" once I figure out how I'm going to build it. Sound insulation in the engine room tomorrow along with more construction in the wheelhouse.
Bow pulpit made out of 1.5" Koosa Board. Sides will be added for the bow chocks and then the windlass and bow bit can be installed. We lucked out and were able to get three pulpits out of one sheet of Koosa Board, expensive yet awesome. Strong and easy to work with so I guess it had to be expensive. Nice boost in the website traffic today thanks to a mention on www.sportfishermen.com. The jump in site traffic forced me into this post, your welcome.