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Old 02-08-2010, 00:11   #1
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Wheelhouses

Im trying to decide on a design for the forward screen on a wheelhouse.

Can any of you more enlightened people tell me which is the better shape and what are the comparative reasons behind the different types of windscreen.

Sloping forward, vertical and sloping backwards

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Forward rake to the windscreen permits water to shed out of vision, regardless of speed. A perpendicular or aft raked windshield will let water accumulate, particularly when underway, being mashed to the windshield by wind force alone.

On a sailboat, you pretty much need an aft rake to minimize windage, but on a powerboat you have no such restriction.

As to the styling element aspect, this is an entirely subjective call on the owner or designer.
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Forward slopping also helps A LOT in minimizing the reflection of things inside...its especialy helpful if you can paint the cieling of the wheel house with a flat dark color.
Look at almost every airport controle tower...the cielings are black or dark colored.
Looking forward to your next blog update....I've been traveling for some time and have missed out on a lot....from what I understand
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James,
The speed or lack of, with which it hasnt progressed means you havent missed much.
Easy to catch up, just read up from the bottom.

Two weeks ago I was promised 2 more weeks, and there are STILL two more weeks to go.
But, time isnt wasted for me as im having good ideas every day.
Regards the wheelhouse, I went to see a carpenter last week and discussed wheelhouse design and fitouts in general, so Ive made a positive decision on the roof.
Simple arched ribs with a stretch canvas cover. Cold in winter but easily stripped down by one person, unlike a solid roof.
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