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Old 03-03-2014, 03:42 PM   #21
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Kevin, are those cameras on either side? What do you use them for?
Those are worthless 12 volt defroster defogger units. They are factory installed.

Their only functional use is to cover the screw holes made for their installation.

We have in the photo an actual heated fresh air defroster, which works wonderfully.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:37 AM   #22
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Looks like all the dash items that have illumination would reflect in the fwd windoes at night?
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:57 AM   #23
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Those are worthless 12 volt defroster defogger units. They are factory installed.

Their only functional use is to cover the screw holes made for their installation.

We have in the photo an actual heated fresh air defroster, which works wonderfully.
Sell them on a VW aircooled forum. Hella doesn't make them anymore and the vdub guys love them. Not sure why.
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:32 PM   #24
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We're redoing our lower helm in the coming weeks, and will post photos when done (before and after).
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:44 PM   #25
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Just completed relocation to overhead mounting. I like clean and simple. We will finish wrapping the pole and varnish next.

Engine gauges and compass are mounted on the helm.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:16 AM   #26
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JD nice pic, I'll be pressed for room at the helm, however, with the photo's everyone sent, I have a better idea what or what not to do. I'll install a raised helm & go frm there. Thanks again. TONTO
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Great point - how about incorporating an eyebrow when I build the raised helm, to include lighting?
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:24 AM   #28
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Great point - how about incorporating an eyebrow when I build the raised helm, to include lighting?
I don't know if lighting would be a good idea, at night it would create reflections on the displays and hurt your night vision and ability to read the displays. But the eyebrow is a good idea "shade" the displays from the sun when running.
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:04 AM   #29
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What do you think about my new helm chair?
Very nice!
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Old 03-09-2014, 12:15 PM   #31
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If you wear polarized sunglasses, make sure you test power up the displays in their intended positions and see if you can read them. My Lowrance 12 inch display on my current boat is dimmed 50% by the orientation of the screen with my glasses. To view full brightness, I have to cock my head to the side or remove the glasses. Cock my head to the other side and the display nearly goes black. Changing glasses didnt help. Its the way Lowrance made the display! Something I have had to get used to.
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That looks like a good perch - where did your get it?
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It's an office chair, and works very well
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:41 PM   #34
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Salon pilot station on our Tolly Tri ...

As you can tell I pilot 99% from fly bridge. I do however start and warm engines at this station before shutting them down to restart from bridge. I like to be standing right over the engines, listening carefully to their awakenings, till fully warm.
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Old 03-09-2014, 10:17 PM   #35
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Superb example JD...I'm doing something similar with my own helm.
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Old 03-09-2014, 10:34 PM   #36
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As you can tell I pilot 99% from fly bridge. I do however start and warm engines at this station before shutting them down to restart from bridge. I like to be standing right over the engines, listening carefully to their awakenings, till fully warm.
I like standing in the pilothouse, over my engine, all the time, while operating so to monitor its sounds continually. As that's the only helm, the choice is easy.
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:00 AM   #37
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I like standing in the pilothouse, over my engine, all the time, while operating so to monitor its sounds continually. As that's the only helm, the choice is easy.
That, my friend, Mark (being able to always keep close ear on running engines)... is the one item regarding piloting from bridge that I wish were not the case.

I adore piloting from the bridge! Keeping my engines and everything in engine room in good condition; not piloting from salon is a chance I'll take.

I have thought seriously of (eventually - lol) hooking up a microphone system insde the engine room with volume adjustable speaker and head phone option at bridge helm. Then I could keep better ear on the power source. Heck - I do that and I'd better also set in the same package two camera eyes for a 12 hour auto erase video that also displays real time on a shaded bridge split-screen; so I can keep eyes and ears on engines from both ends. Let cha know when I accomplish that - but, don't hold yer breath! I'll do it some time between swims, BBQ's, cocktails, relaxing and movies aboard as well as cruising around in our tow behind runabout while Tolly hangs on the hook!
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I like to be standing right over the engines, listening carefully to their awakenings, till fully warm.

How do you get the engines FULLY WARM , with out getting underway?
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I like to be standing right over the engines, listening carefully to their awakenings, till fully warm.

How do you get the engines FULLY WARM , with out getting underway?
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