I wanted to take my time and make sure I got the dash right.
To start with, I simply traced the crown of the beam from the plans onto the remaining 7' rough-cut mahogany. The shape, as drawn on the full-size plans, would be too narrow to accommodate what I have planned for the dash layout.
On the centerline, I marked the span at 6" and 6-1/4". The dash beam needs to be tall enough to accommodate a 5 x 10" oval in the center, for the instrument panel. It also needs to be tall enough to accommodate the 5" diameter bezel for the steering wheel, at the point halfway between the centerline and the sheer.
|Marking the 6" and 6-1/4" span on the centerline.|
|Aligning the #2 deck beam on the centerline for the dash.|
|Tracing the lower shape of the frame 2 deck beam.|
|Measuring the span for the steering wheel bezel.|
That's the plan for now, anyway.
The inspiration came from this inlaid dashboard on a Glen-L Malahini that I got to ride in at the 2012 Glen-L Boatbuilders Gathering. When I saw it, I knew that I wanted to do something similar.
|What a view!|
At the moment, my dash looks like this: