Originally Posted by Brambles
I have thought about this myself Andy. The problem appears to be the loss of space on the dashboard for nav equipment & VHF etc when you fit the door. I think a one piece design (without the door) would be better. This could be offset on the deck to allow forward access and good deck drainage.
I'm glad you mentioned this Ian.
I thought that the consoles could overhang the tubes either side to at least the middle of them. The steering and engine controls to be mounted on one and an angled pod (in the helms direction) for the plotter and depth/fish finder with VHF radio and any other crap you wanted on there.
One problem I was thinking about was whether to mount the consol direct to the tubes or not? I did fancy a tube moulded design with a wrap round piece tapering down each side may be just level to the helms person
with a throttle mounted in that same place.
How strong would this consol have to be, to be bonded onto the tubes? Also I liked the Idea of bonding raised side pieces on the fore deck and linking the consols to a substansually raised Anchor locker with built in Sampsons post.