Actually, Calvin Beal put it there when he designed the Hull. No disrespect, but thats how the boats are designed, they are called lifting rails, and it is much like the one I just sold, just finished by Calvin Vs. Jim Beal.That's a beauty. Can you do without that spray rail below the water line? I'm pretty certain Calvin would not want that there.
Thanks guys! We are having them cut the glass on the sides & I'll have canvas installed. Then aft will have a 3 panel canvas curtains. So no stock. We like a wide open Pilothouse when it's warm out & close her up when the weather gets nasty. Hard sides are nice but I feel "closed-in" when it's 80+ degrees out. Going with an opening center window & the two other fixed.This is going to be a sweet Christmas present for you. Are you going to have them extend the pilothouse on the starboard side or keep it stock? It will look good either way, but it may be more functional to have a full side with a sliding window for protection from the elements. Are you planning to put some windows that open? I noticed the classic rubber mount windows on the photos from the factory. I put three opening windows on my pilothouse and it gives a lot of cross breeze to cool off in the summer. I know you owned an Eastern, so you are probably well aware of this and I'm stating the obvious. Looking forward to more photos. Maybe you can post them on the commercial boat building contest.