Wheelhouse

The wheelhouse is located Midships, and in the original build would have instrument panels on both sides of the engine room bulkhead, the engine speed controls and fwd and aft gearbox controls. There was no navigation equipment apart from the compass on the steering pintal, mainly because the wheelhouse is not water tight, and there was always a seperate "Radio room" in the Aft cabin with a dedicated Navigation Officer.

It also had two bench seats for up to four of the crew as well as the Cox. One was taken up by the Engineer whose job was to check the engine temperatures, and carry out "engine and direction" movements under instruction from the Cox.

Later in the 1970's conversion, a solid rear perspex screen was added, making the wheelhouse more watertight (but still not 100% as are the other spaces. Instruments were moved, Single lever "morse" controls added for the engines/gearbox's. And a waterproof enclosure added for the VHF radio.

I am planning on sometimes single manning the boat, so need to install Nav gear in wheelhouse, although chart table will be in the aft cabin (Original Position) so all equipment will need to "comunicate" with each other. thus extra wires will need to be fitted.

  • original style instrument panel & controls, duplicated port and starboard (picture not from my boat) original style instrument panel & controls, duplicated port and starboard (picture not from my boat)
  • New (1970's) instrument panel, now located in watertight engine room, viewed through sealed glass panel New (1970's) instrument panel, now located in watertight engine room, viewed through sealed glass panel
  • wheelhouse general arangement (2005) wheelhouse general arangement (2005)
  • general layout showing engine room hatch, morse controls, now all engine controls by the coxwain general layout showing engine room hatch, morse controls, now all engine controls by the coxwain
  • close up of "dash" with 1990's radar in background (added after service life) close up of "dash" with 1990's radar in background (added after service life)
  • layout of how the radio room would have looked (not from on958) layout of how the radio room would have looked (not from on958)
  • Rear screen removed for replacement. Rear screen removed for replacement.
  • Dry fitting of "new" side window's Dry fitting of "new" side window's
  • A good days work!  new side screens "dry" fitted A good days work! new side screens "dry" fitted
  • New boxes mounted, 2 jobs, covers old holes through wheelhouse top, and makes mounts for GPS antennas etc. New boxes mounted, 2 jobs, covers old holes through wheelhouse top, and makes mounts for GPS antennas etc.
  • New conduit runs for Nav gear, in the "style of" the original RNLI installation New conduit runs for Nav gear, in the "style of" the original RNLI installation
  • loose paint being stripped from wheelhouse loose paint being stripped from wheelhouse
  • Tools out, cleaning needed Tools out, cleaning needed
  • Port side showing, bench missing Port side showing, bench missing
  • Radar "Bench" gone! and yes the clock is the right time! Radar "Bench" gone! and yes the clock is the right time!
  • all loose paint off, thanks niki all loose paint off, thanks niki
  • spot etch primed only, but looking better. spot etch primed only, but looking better.
  • Finaly painted with satin paint Finaly painted with satin paint
  • wheelhouse/aft cabin divider, ready for paint wheelhouse/aft cabin divider, ready for paint
  • pAINTED! pAINTED!
  • fIRST QUICK CLEAN, NOT BAD CONDITION REALY, DE-GREASE NEXT! fIRST QUICK CLEAN, NOT BAD CONDITION REALY, DE-GREASE NEXT!
  • i THINK THIS WILL DO FOR THIS YEAR i THINK THIS WILL DO FOR THIS YEAR
  • New upper mast in kit form, ready to go to welders New upper mast in kit form, ready to go to welders
  • new bearingas in new bearingas in
  • bearings, spindles and rollers in bearings, spindles and rollers in
  • all ready! all ready!
     
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