Originally Posted by SkiprJohn
You have a nice, clean looking cockpit
. I'm rebuilding my cockpit
so am always looking at cockpit photos.
I intend to put my engine
instruments and starter switch in a protected area like just under the bridge deck
near the aft end of the cabin
when my engine
install and cockpit rebuild
is done. I don't want to worry about kicking the key or diesel
kill plunger while moving around.
Where are your winches? Do you have to move from your steering
station to reach a winch
One of the things about the boat that made me write the (deposit) check was the look and feel of the cockpit. However, it is far from ideal for single
handing. The winches are close enough to the wheel
that I can have one hand on the wheel
and still make adjustments at the winches, which are self-tailers. But to adjust the mainsheet, I have to move too far forward to keep a hand on the wheel. And any tacking or jibing requires me to be hands off the wheel as well. So my autopilot
and wheel brake will be used a lot.
In addition, all the halyards and reefing lines are on the mast
, and I plan to leave them there. There will be jacklines
and I will always use them with a harness/pfd when I'm either solo or in nasty weather
Possible future changes would be a) relocation of the winches and mainsheet traveler and/or b) ditching the wheel and pedestal
in favor of a tiller. However either of these would likely be economically undesirable so I'm going to see how it goes while I coastal cruise
for a couple of years before making any drastic changes.
Actually, I could switch to a tiller and store the wheel and pedestal
for re-installation for future resale value. The only complications would be the relocation of the engine control and putting a new compass
As far as accidentally tripping anything on the engine panel, I plan to cover it with a thick piece of clear acrylic
that still gives me access to start/stop buttons and the key switch. Either a flip-up section or cutouts with covers. So I will have that covered, and my planned location for it will provide quick access from anywhere in the cockpit for emergency
starts and stops.
Thanks, everyone for the terrific input. Lots to chew on here before I make my final decisions.