The wheelhouse provides a lovely living/office area with a large upholstered bench and is demountable for traversing low bridges.
The roof is aluminium and comprises 4 panels, interlocking with rain gutters. A canvas cover is also provided holding rockwool insulation to prevent condensation in the winter.
There are entrance doors on both sides along with three opening windows. High level ventilation is also provided. The wheelhouse is fully glazed.
Access to the engine room is via the wheelhouse through a large metal fireproof lockable hatch.
Either side of the wheelhouse, but accessed only from the side decks are storage lockers of approximately 80cm depth, one of which holds the “active” gas cylinder and the other for holding spare diesel canisters and other sundry items.
A Man Overboard poster is displayed in the wheelhouse in accordance with the ES-TRIN regulations.
Two VHF marine radios are carried with separate antennae, both DSC/ATIS equipped with the vessel’s MMSI number pre-programmed to allow automated distress calls. This is linked in to a Garmin GPS Chartplotter and depth-sounder to provide GPS location facilities. Class A AIS is fitted and integrated into the Chartplotter, along with a USB spur to allow PC access. An ATIS short range VHF handheld radio is also carried, all radios being licensed with Ofcom to the vessel.
Engine instrumentation and other instruments are provided in the wheelhouse consisting of revolution counter and engine hour counter, engine temperature gauge/high temperature buzzer, oil pressure gauge and warning light/buzzer plus rudder indicator and a Victron BMV 6005 battery monitor for the domestic batteries. Generator start controls are also on the dashboard panel as are the bowthruster joystick, navigation light switches and ships klaxon button. There are two audible bilge alerts with detectors in the engine room and saloon areas. A fuel gauge is fitted for the day tank along with a low level warning light/buzzer.
Steering is via a wheel and a single large rudder which is operated via a wheel and hydraulic system, with the hydraulic ram being located in an aft compartment with adequate access. The steering system is unassisted and has the facility to isolate the hydraulic ram and substitute a manual emergency steering tiller should this be required. The emergency tiller is attached to the rudder indicator mechanism on the rear deck.
To the rear of the wheelhouse is a hydraulic locker which contains storage space and access to the hydraulic rudder ram.