After a good deal of mockup effort, hot glue, and clamping random objects, a final shape was decided upon. A footrest will run the full width, and be easy to clean.
The seat top has a 2″ overhang on both sides. The intent here is to give a visual cue to walk closer to the outboard edge of the walkway around the seat top, but is a bit of trickery to minimize toe injuries when the t-top posts are bolted in place.
Originally the shape had a flat top, but boats aren’t supposed to have parallel lines, so a little slope fount its way into the design. This allows water to run off rather than stand, and eases the abrupt look of the console above the gunwales.
Here’s the meat of it all. 45″ of width, 52″ of depth will make a nice, big, comfy seating area for a couple of occupants in the bow. Later, some cleats and drop-in panels will fill this area out into a large berth to nap.
Using full length cleats, this console will have vast amounts of gluing surface, and later this will be glassed over, to protect the wood internally and protect the edges on the exterior.
Here you can see how the panels are designed to overlap in ways that should strengthen the overall console, especially after backing with tape and fillets.
The console was trimmed up a bit, and set up to confirm the relationships of seat height and footrest are still on par.
Then everything was ground back, trimmed, sanded, and cleaned, then taped up.