A thorough examination of the electronics and wiring in the wheel house revealed that the equipment was mostly useless and non functioning. As seems common on many boats I have looked at new equipment is installed right on top of the old without removing anything!
There was a mass of redundant wiring under the wheel house benches.
The wheel house leaked, windows were cracked and much of the glass was only standard household grade. The decision was made to completely gut the wheel house, repair the walls and roof and to start again.
All the old equipment was removed and disposed of. All antennas mounted on the wheel house roof were removed and the holes plugged
All the existing wiring was removed. The old windows were removed.
New main 240V and 24V mains wires were brought up from the engine room and connected to a new wheel house switchboard.
A new wall was built between the rear cabin and the wheel house.
incorporating a solid wooden bench and cupboards along the entire length of the wall.
A new forward control desk was built to house the steering mechanism, instruments and instrument wiring.
New larger windows were installed with marine grade, lightly tinted 10 mm laminated glass.
All out door walls were repaired, old or rotten wood removed and replaced and the whole structure was sealed and repainted.
A new wooden sheet underfloor was installed and a marine grade carpet laid on top.
All the bench tops were covered with a tough water resistant vinyl.
The doors were repaired. On the port side of the rear wall we will construct a new fold down chart table and work bench.
A new helm chair has been installed bolted firmly through the deck to the cabin below.
New floor lighting was installed to help preserve night vision
All timber surfaces were sanded and sealed with several coats of Awlwood satin.
The following new equipment was installed:
2 X VHF radios
12″ Simrad Zeus 2 Multi Function Display
Simrad Halo 4 Radar
Class B AIS
2 X GPS receivers
Simrad wind speed and direction.
Simrad AP70 Autopilot with RC45 rate compass
Simrad Forward Scan Sonar and sonar hub
Simrad transducer DST800L for depth, speed and temperature
Furuno transducer for depth, speed and temperature
Navionics chart plotter on an independent 24″ touch screen
New LED Navigation lights were installed on the wheel house roof. New masthead lights, stern light, anchor lights and N.U.C. lights were installed and run to a lighting control section of the new switch box.
New LED deck lights were installed under each spar and controlled from the wheel house.
Searchlights, horns, CCTV and HF radio are still to be installed.