Been a week of getting goodies this week. Got a call from the marine wholesaler saying my items are ready for collection so I left work early and shot down and picked them up. I also swung past the boat, grabbed the helm and bought it home so I could start fitting some of the gear.
I wanted a nice big compass so got a 135mm offshore one. I must admit, I didn't put much thought into how the items would fit. It was a case of I wanted it so I bought it. I've been very lucky with how close I was to these items not fitting! The compass had about 5mm to play with, the Furuno MFD had about the same. I couldn't have planned it that close of I tried. More arse than class, that I am sure of.
I opted for a rear mount helm over the traditional front mount. It's going to give it a sleek/less bulky look around the wheel. I grabbed an external filler setup and mounted it behind the S/steel drink holder.
The helm is a UP39R with positive lock gearing. It's a bit of overkill for my size boat but I've gone one size up on most of the items I buy. I'd rather underwork a big item than overwork a smaller item.
The steering cylinder is a UC215i.
I also grabbed the 60psi fresh water pump and two Hotshot 6 wash down kits (one for the transom and one for the bow)
The steering wheel is 350mm and am sure it won't be many peoples cup of tea, but for me it was love at first sight and will blend in well with its surrounds when the interior is complete. It's Italian made with black leather with polished S/steel inserts.
I grabbed the drink holders cause I've not seen them before and they look different and I like that.
I grabbed a couple of other things like the water and diesel fillers and two wash down quick connect sets and the antennae mount for the GPS receiver.
I've got to trim the bolts for the steering pump but the bloody grinder is at the boat so it'll have to wait till tomorrow. Can't wait to fit it and see the wheel on there!
All that's left to buy is the Lowrance HDS10 then that's the helm complete; besides painting that is
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