Protecting Sea Gem from Helina, however, is another matter entirely. What we were not anticipating (and what now seems painfully obvious) is that Helina likes blinking lights, pushing buttons, pulling knobs, etc. And she is not content to play with her blinking, button-filled toys, either--not when she is surrounded by much more substantial blinking, buttony devices. Devices like radar screens and electrical control panels. Devices that, if played with, could seriously ruin our day.
Take, for example, our inverter control panel. It is about 24" off the ground (eye level for a toddler), has red and green buttons, and flashing lights. And, if those buttons our pushed, funny things happen--like our power turns off, our generator starts up, or our batteries discharge and need to be replaced. We never thought twice about it.
|Exposed Inverter Control Panel|
Fortunately, we were able to find a beat up old teak cabinet door at the Dania Beach Marine Flea Market this past weekend. A steal at $5, and after a quick sand and a couple coats of varnish, it matches Sea Gem's interior perfectly.
|Hidden Inverter Control Panel|