Snow Petrel - Warrior 35 Mk
Source: Damo Carroll, Skipper,
Original engine instrument panel sited low in cockpit and
susceptible to salt water .
Re-site instruments by fabricating new GRP panel to fit bulkhead above seat level.
Because the panel is sited low - beneath the
seat level on the starboard side of the cockpit - there is always a
danger of salt water damage to the engine instruments, audio alarm and
ignition/starter key when incoming seas land in the cockpit area.
Damo Carroll, the skipper and owner of Storm Petrel decided to do
something about this problem and set about making a new instrument
console, re-positioning the instruments higher and further forward in
the cockpit, which in turn would give better visibility of the relevant
Firstly, he made a plug, then a GRP mould and
then the panel itself.
The completed console then had battens glued
into the top and sides which would allow the new housing to be bolted to
the forward cockpit bulkhead.
The console base was
scribed to the angle of the cockpit seating, and a groove cut into the
teak cladding to sit the base of the unit into.
The bracket on top of the box is for the
engine stop button is sited on the right of the console and utilises the
existing stop cable.
The new unit in place at
the fwd end of cockpit seating.
The smaller box on top of the coachroof holds
the bracket for the GPS and also houses the power and data cables for
GPS and Chartplotter when not in use. There is also a 12v
outlet on the front of the box.
The other cables and electrics are routed
through the quarter berth and the shallow cockpit starboard locker, but
Damo experienced some problems with
water ingress in this area - the silver tape being a very temporary way
around the problem!
The front will eventually
have a perspex cover fitted, which should keep all but the worst seas
away from the instruments and the whole thing is, in Damo's words, "the
right angle and height to lean against."
Site of panel on stbd cockpit seat - this
one on Rhumb Do
A hole was cut into the bulkhead on
the saloon side to allow access to the associated wiring.
As you can see it is still a work-in-progress.
Damo is willing to give advice and
information on this project - and still has the mould should
anyone want to borrow it!
He can be contacted by e-mail at: