As you probably already have heard, we or I lost our helmsman seat overboard last summer.
The helmsman seat was really bad in swimming. We did not manage to get it back onboard as it sunk so quick.
We have tried to find a new to buy but nowhere to be found, not even at Bavaria direct.
It is not really a necessary part of Luna Azzurra but it is quite convenient to have.
Nice when you are relaxing back there or when in a marina with high pontoons. We can place a gangway from this helmsman seat over to the pontoon.
Last summer when we visiting San Remo this was the case and even though it did work without. The slope or angle we had between Luna Azzurra and the pontoon was really big.
So not that comfortable to walk on.
When I was in Loano, February I brought some balsam wood with me. The wood was so I could build a core and cut it in correct dimensions. The result in picture below.
When home again I added a few pieces and grind it so it was even.
Then it was time for adding glassfiber and epoxy on the balsam core. I use West System 105 resin and 209 as hardener. The 209 as hardener I used because it was many years since last time I did something like this and as the 209 harden much slower this gives me more time to work with the mixture.
After two layers of glassfiber and epoxy I was grinding it to get a nicer surface.
After that I added two more layer of glassfiber / epoxy all around the new helmsman seat.
At this stage I am as far that I will only add one layer with epoxy without the glassfiber, then I will grind it with some fine 200 paper to make a nice surface.
The fine surface will be needed so the gelcoat which is coming on top will bond good on the glassfiber.
This will make it look like the rest of Luna Azzurra both in color and feeling.
If everything is going good we will be able to have the seat with us when we visit Luna Azzurra middle of May.
After this visit I hope to be able to show the end result with the helmsman seat in place.