In case I haven't mentioned it in the past, we have a welder on our staff that does excellent work. He's been working on some aluminum parts for the 38' Northern Bay. The wire chase inside the wheelhouse will be powder coated white and will cover all the wires and hoses that travel from the lower helm station to the fly bridge. Wires for the running lights, auto pilot, radar, vhf, the Mather's controls, and other wires will all have to fit in the tube. Of the three hydraulic hoses headed to the fly bridge only one will have to be routed through the aluminum (the other two will be routed from the support arch at the back of the wheelhouse to the engine room)
Aluminum double doors (two built, one pictured) were built to be installed in the cockpit cabinets. There were discussions about making fiberglass doors but I was successful in convincing the owner that the powder coated aluminum would be more functional just as attractive as the fiberglass equivalent. These doors will be fitted with locking latches to keep out all the honest criminals. With the battery charger, inverter, propane locker, and water maker all living in the cockpit cabinets I can appreciate the effort to keep everything locked up.
The three smaller aluminum doors are going to be installed up on the fly bridge. The front section of the fly bridge is the largest storage area on the boat so two of the doors will provide access to "the cave". On the side of the console the other door will be installed and it will give me the ability to work comfortably on all the wiring. I'll get some more pics of these doors after they return from powder coating and once they are installed they will look real impressive.
That's good enough for today, check back tomorrow for a new post. All of the fans that I had stockpiled have moved on to other boat blogs. Reading this quickly one thing is clear.........I need a thesaurus, I'm using the same 25 words over and over. Still knocking off the rust.