Building The Vera Cruise

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Looking good Carl. I also like the simple curve you chose.
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Gradually getting the helm upper cabinet put together. I have a hydraulic steering setup for my boat and I wanted to set the pump back into the dash some so it doesn't stick out so far. That took some head scratching and trial and error to get fitted. It's basically a backing plate mounted inside the helm that the pump mounts to and then the pump goes through a shaped opening in the exterior panel. The challenge came from trying to ensure the backing plate was mounted parallel and in the correct side to side and up and down position as the outer panel so that the pump lines up correctly with the opening. This was compounded by the heat in the garage, lots of cussing, mosquitoes, the weight of the pump and trying to hold all the loose parts in place.

Anyway it's mostly done. I'll have a picture later.
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Carl, any pictures of that? I am planning on doing the same with my hydraulic helm, but haven't quite figured it out yet.
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Don't know if you have purchased your hydraulic helm yet, but Seastar does have options for helms that are surface mounted or mounted behind the panel. Be sure to provide access for bleeding and fluid checks if mounting behind the panel.

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Carl, any pictures of that? I am planning on doing the same with my hydraulic helm, but haven't quite figured it out yet.
Bryan, I don't have any good pictures yet. I'll try to get some soon. Its a bit tight quartered but I should be able to get something that makes it clearer what I did. I have to re-assemble the assembly first and there are a few other things going on in that area at the moment.

But basically there's the outer panel (the dash) with a hole to fit the diameter of the pump where you want it to show. I had to slightly bevel that hole because the pump is cone shaped. Also, my pump has a small raised section where the fill port is, so I had to cut out a corresponding area in the dash hole.

On the inside of the dash, there is a second parallel mounted plate that the pump attaches to. This needs to be securely mounted the appropriate distance back from the dash in order to get the correct amount of pump exposed . I placed mine so that the fill port is visible just outside the dash. Equally as important is ensuring that the mount holes on the back panel (and the panel itself) are in the correct position up and down and side to side so that the pump lines up with the hole in the dash. All of this took some time to get right. One thing that helped was to have two temporary blocks cut to the correct distance between the plates to allow clamping the plates in position. You may or may not be able to do that depending upon clamp access.

As for mounting the back panel, my helm compartment is narrow enough that I attached cleats on the sides to attach the backing plate to. There are other ways I am sure, but the important thing is to make it in such a way that you can make the back plate removable so that you can trap the pump between the plate and the dash. I drilled holes through the cleats and the back panel that I will be using for bolts to attach the backing plate. My backing plate attaches to the back side of the cleats so its easier to place into position (although somewhat awkward given the tight quarters and the weight of the pump)

Sorry if this is a bit wordy but hopefully will get you going in the right direction. I'll try to post pictures soon.
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Roberta, I already purchased my setup a few years ago, but wasn't aware of this option. Useful info and Bryan, you should check into that.
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Hey Carl,

Have you seen these clips used as blind fasteners for back panels. https://www.sailrite.com/BeauClip-Panel ... stem-Black

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Unfortunately, I wasn't aware of that either and have already purchased my helm.
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Actually, mounting the hydraulic helm on the dash is not a bad thing. Easier to bleed and check fluid level. Here are some pictures of the Torpedo helm.

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I've been slowly assembling he upper helm. Lots of hardwood edges and panel installs. Finally starting to get somewhere. I got my switches today and already have the instruments. Just waiting on hinges for the instrument panel before doing the final layout of the instrument holes. Most of the switches will go in the narrow panel below the steering (to the right of that actually).

Also have the curve ready for the helm platform extension. I'll be moving to that shortly.


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looks great, Carl. That curved addition is an elegant solution.
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That looks nice Carl,
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Well done. Tom
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Looks good Carl. Did you do some steaming to get that curve?

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Thanks Matt, Matt, Tom, and Lee

Lee, the curved piece was made by stacking narrow pieces around a form and then applying fairing compound after the initial epoxy has cured. After the fairing compound was sanded down, I veneered the part.

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In other news, the helm extension parts have all been figured out. Some parts are already installed. Others will start getting installed tonight.

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