If you have boated any length of time, I'm sure you will agree with me that one of the most important pieces of gear on board are binoculars. They help us see obstacles in the water, find docks and slips, other boats, identify buoys, enjoy wildlife, you name it.
We have a lot to acquire to outfit Mahalo, but luckily we already have our bino's - Steiner 7x50's and Fuji stabilized 14 power. After I acquired the Fuji's I took them on an ocean voyage on board the Delta I crew on. There wasn't a dedicated space for them, and at one point they were just sitting on the dash minding their own business when we took a big wave. They tumbled to the floor and no longer functioned. The repair was a painful $600+ lesson.
Here is a shot of Hampton Endurance 658 hull #10. If you had two pairs of binoculars, where would you put them? Probably to the right of the "instrument well" I'm guessing. Just laying there. There is some free space underneath that area, so I came up with the idea of doing a "well" that the bino's can rest in safely.
Here is the drawing I came up with for HYG, based on an actual picture of our helm. After a little discussion they agreed and are building out the space required.
We just have to cheat into this area above the stairs about 4". Unless we have an NBA player aboard, it won't be in anyone's way. (This picture obviously from a completed boat.)
Here you can see they have already created the binocular well to the right of the instrument area. Going to be great to have them right where we need them, but in no danger of falling. This is one of the great things about working with Hampton - we throw a good idea at them and they are all over it. Anything to build a better boat, they say.