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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Electronics Cabinet Dryfit

On our small boat, I am always getting into the electronics space to re-configure, add, replace, or try something new. It is very cramped and difficult to gain access and doing so results in cursing and swearing. I am determined that not be the case on the Westsail.

As mentioned here, a removable cabinet will house the main CPUs of whatever various electronic doo-dads we have. The cabinet will be underneath the dinette table, out of the way, against the hull.

I have test mounted the cabinet carcase on telescoping, over-extension, removable drawer slides as illustrated by the pictures.

Cabinet in 'closed' position.

Cabinet in 'open' position. Over-extension slides gives a little bit of access to the back.

Cabinet detached from drawer slides.

What needs to be done next is the engineering of the dinette table supports. Of course, I need to make the table detachable to gain full access to the cabinet below. But we also have the idea of the ability to raise and lower the table to turn the dinette into sleeping space. This function must be performed easily and quickly and it CANNOT compromise the sturdiness of the table. Whatever idea I come up with may have an affect on the dinette settees' design and construction, so I need to give this some serious thought. More on this later.

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