New wheelhouse

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Manny, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Manny
    Joined: Aug 2018
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    Manny Junior Member

    I have a 17m ex Dutch fishing trawler made in steel. The current wheelhouse measures 3x 5 meters and is only steel half way up, and then it's aluminum.

    I would like to replace the wheelhouse, and extend it 3m, but would also like to build the entire wheelhouse in steel.

    All the fishing gear has been removed, so any weight added by the new wheelhouse will still be less than all the winches, although a wee bit higher.

    Would 6mm plate do?
    Is the design best left to a marine architect?
  2. JSL
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    JSL Senior Member

    If you want it done properly and if you have to comply with any regulations, hiring a naval architect (or someone with equivalent skills/training) might be a good idea. You might be able to use 5mm plate.
    Considering the increase in size, topside weight & the KG, aluminum might still be a consideration.
    rwatson likes this.
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