Pilothouse Rebuild Starts to Take Shape

This afternoon our friend Tom Riley, a naval architect, came to the boat to do some more measurements of the pilothouse and the deck, and discuss some of the drawings he’s been doing for us for the Great Pilothouse Rebuild that will be coming up in 2011 or 2012.

Sketches of the David B's Pilothouse
Sketches of the David B's Pilothouse

Tom started the preliminary drawings back in October and both him and Jeffrey have been coming up with lots of new ideas for how to best use the new space we will have when the pilothouse is extended from its current position back into its original position on the foredeck. With the new pilothouse we will be gaining lots of interior space including a spacious salon where our trunk cabin currently sits and a whole new bridge deck. Another benefit of the pilothouse remodel will be easier access to the cabins below deck from stairs in the new bridge. I’m looking forward to more galley storage. The next step is for Tom to take his measurements back to his computer and begin modeling the new pilothouse. I look forward to sharing the plans in a month or two when he’s finished with them.

Here’s an old picture of the boat from its launching day back in 1929 with the pilothouse in its original position:

The David B with its pilothouse in its original setup
The David B with its pilothouse in its original setup

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