Chicory's Pilothouse Refit
This picture was taken during the pre-purchase inspection of Chicory. This is how the helm looked prior to the start of demolition.
This is the start of demolition. We removed all electronics and hundreds of feet of wiring for outdated equipment.
Once all electronics were removed, we started on the main electrical panel wiring. The boat was in her wet slip at this time, so functioning AC and DC electricity was required throughout the refit.
Once the main panel was free and the helm was disassembled we could take accurate measurements to refine our plan.
The design called for moving the electrical panels so they could be accessed while standing on the stairs. We tested the ergonomics of this plan with the existing panel at this stage of the refit.
We made a cardboard mock-up to ensure our vision translated into the real world.
Once we completed the new AC and DC panels, we bolted the framework into place as the first major component of the new helm.
A close-up picture of the AC and DC panels. The left side from top to bottom is a 30 amp - 120 volt inverter panel. A 50 amp - 120 volt panel for L1 and a 50 amp - 120 volt panel for L2. The two right-side panels are for 12 volt DC.
This picture shows the layout of the back-side of the panels prior to wiring into the existing boat systems.
Fabrication of the helm counter-top begins.
Once the counter-top was fabricated, it was glued and screwed into place and then laminated. We then applied teak trim to the edge.
Once the counter-top was completed we then built the base out of teak.
Close-up image of the completed panels.
The finished helm.
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