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The Complete Refit of Trim - Part IV

07 September 2006 | Long Beach Shoreline Marina, CA
Kenneth Newell
Figure 28 - Steve decides we need a larger wheel and thus pulls out his trusty skill saw and starts cutting holes in everything. When Steve breaks-out the skill saw, things always get expensive. I don?? t even touch the thing because it has only one purpose�to cut big expensive holes. When the skill saw does it?? s job, there is no turning back. It is a very decisive tool.

Having completed the teak deck project, Steve and I felt we could tackle any project. What we didn?? t know, was just how complicated the cockpit project would be�not to mention how expensive it would become.

To begin, we had to remove the helm and the old teak flooring followed by the removal of all the old LP paint and sanding to bare Gel-coat. Once this was completed, we had to decide how exactly we were going to accommodate a larger diameter wheel since the aft section of the cockpit closed to within inches of the 24� wheel. There were two options available, slotting the aft seating surfaces, or completely removing approximately 2 feet of seating surface on both sides aft of the helm. Following some research and looking at some of the newest Swan cockpits, we decided that it made since to simply remove the aft section of seating since the helmsman will have a fold-down seat anyway. This would allow for the steerage plus some much needed additional maneuvering room for the helmsman.
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