Once the hatch recesses had been routed out the bare wood was sealed covered and then gelcoated. A few layers of gelcoat gave me enough material to work with; it was then cut back with the router to the desired shape. Picture 2 shows the recess with some 'finishing' of the gelcoat going on. Sounds easy doesn't it
The third picture shows one of the chosen hatches in position. The eventual intention is to make the hatches out of glassfibre, but that is a job for when the boat is on the water.
The fuel filler is to go in the front of the console. Someone whose opinion I value said that it is much easier to fill when at sea with a centrally mounted filler. Good enough for me. To go over the filler I needed a backrest cushion for the suicide seat; pictures 4 and 5 show the backplate for this cushion in production. The edge of this backplate was moulded using plasticine, the two 'ears' that you can see in 4 are recesses for the hinges, to set them at the right angle.
5 shows the gelcoat going in.