Date: 1 October 2018. Pilothouse Window Opener Sought.
Aboard Seaweed I have a problem.
The pilothouse has a wonderful opening window in the center. It is fabulous
because it facilitates good cross-ventilation. The
problem is that I am petite. I cannot reach the knobs to open and
close the window. Can you help?!?
Here is what I have:
There are notches on the aluminum brackets that the
knobs are attached to.
When the knobs are tightened on those notches, they lock the window
To reach the knob on the port side is nearly
impossible for me. I can climb up over the helm however that is becoming
more difficult. The knobs also tighten the window securely closed in the
event of a storm. They are adjustable too, so I can open the window a
little or a lot.
cannot reach the knob on the port side easily. This has bothered me since
I bought Seaweed in 2008. When I first owned the boat I would climb
to reach the knob. Lately however I find that climbing is
something I avoid for the most part.
Please note that I am not getting
any younger. It is imperative
that I come up with a solution or give up using the window.
Fortunately I did spot a possible
answer to my problem:
I saw this cool gizmo ↑
that opens and closes the window on the yacht Irish Charmer. I want
This photo was one I saved to my computer so long ago I don't
remember where it came from. Argh.
The first problem
is that finances are tight. I doubt if I could afford something like
this unless I can find it used. Used is better anyway, as I rather
prefer items like me: with a bit of wear on 'em.
The other issue I have is that I have no idea what to call that bar
gizmo thingy. So I turn to you, my readers. Do you know what it is?
It does look like a genius could make one. I'm guessing that the
base is stainless or possibly brass bar stock, with a tube that
slides and a knob that tightens down onto the bar stock. Maybe.
This thing is cool. I want one for my Seaweed. Any assistance/clues
or advice would be welcome. If you prefer to answer via email, mine
Thanks for any assistance you may be able to provide! And thank you
I'd love to know if you have one of these gizmos.
And, where did you find it?
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