We are removing the classic Standard Horizons instrumentation and replacing the binnacle guard with a 12" guard using 1.25" SS tubing. The current
setup looks like the picture below shows:
I'm trying to decide what to use to replace the flat cast aluminum
plate that currently ties together the binnacle and the guard and serves as the mounting platform for the instruments.
I looked at using a 1" Al plate but that was a no-go even with McMaster-Carr prices, apart from being overkill to the extreme.
I considered using teak
but really don't want to add more varnish
tasks and I'm not sure exposed teak
would be structurally sound in the long run unless I laminated a few layers.
I looked for 1" white prefab fiberglass sheets
of an inch but so far I haven't found any.
Right now it seems like the only option is to create a fiberglass
part myself but that sure seems like a lot of work for something which is essentially just a 1" thick sheet of flat stock with 1 large hole and 2 smaller ones.
Or maybe laminate thinner white prefab fiberglass panels