HELM

HELM AT TIME OF PURCHASE
HELM AT TIME OF PURCHASE

The lower helm instruments had been replaced, but the patented "DUALOCK" switches remained. They turned electrical power to the ignition "OFF" and shut fuel supply down at the same time.

LEAK? WHAT LEAK?
LEAK? WHAT LEAK?

After removing the chart locker cover, the extent of the cabin leak is revealed. Stewart/Warner gauges can be re-used.

JAMMED IN
JAMMED IN

Over the years, switches and indicators were jammed into the helm's control panel. The "syncronizer" (black, center) showed green when engines were turning at the same RPMs.

NEW CONFIGURATION
NEW CONFIGURATION

New panel makes viewing gauges easier.

ORIGINAL CONTROLS
ORIGINAL CONTROLS

Operating these controls can be tricky when negotiating a tight slip in a high wind. When backing down one or both engines and wishing to increase thrust, it is counter intuitive to push the throttle forward in order to go backward faster. Add to that the need to change gears quickly when a broadside wind hits, and you have the perfect formula for an adrenaline rush.

CONTROLS UPGRADE
CONTROLS UPGRADE

Morse Controls made this "single lever/dual action" control in the '50s. After a long search, I was able to find three of them on eBay - two for immediate use and one for parts.

READY FOR RE-CHROMING
READY FOR RE-CHROMING

Units are disassembled and readied for polishing and re-chroming.

RESTORED CONTROLS
RESTORED CONTROLS

Back from chroming, engraved wording is repainted with red letters. Now, to increase speed astern, you just need to pull backwards on a single lever.

UPPER PANEL ADDED
UPPER PANEL ADDED

By removing the headliner, we were able to install a panel large enough to accommodate the navigation monitor, radio and fuel flow meters (not yet installed).

FINISHED LOWER HELM
FINISHED LOWER HELM

Toggle switches are identified with back-lit labeling in RED to improve night vision when running after dark.

FINISHED HELM
FINISHED HELM

Upper and lower instrument clusters are well situated.