After going to SVseeker for a few days Doug asked me if I could cast an octopus for the main helm wheel. I figured yes I can! So I am making an octopus with the idea that the tentacles will wrap around the spokes and it will sit in the middle of the wheel. Perhaps on some kind of stainless steel 316 dome shape for the hub. The wheel will be 48 inches in diameter, the spokes about 3/4" and the outer edge of the wheel will be 2 inches of some kind of fancy hand carved wood that another person will carve for him. It would be nice if I could find a stainless steel hub about 8" in diameter with a lip about 1 inch tall before it domes. That way I can fit the octopus to the curved surface. I looked at hub caps which might work but they seem a bit thin walled and might not work long term on the boat? Any ideas? The SS dome will mount on this 8" wheel that's attached to a reducer here along with the 3/4" spokes. The spokes will e mounted to the 8" plate and covered by the dome. The octopus will sit on top and of that. Here is a pic of what I have so far. I'll probably be done and ready to cast this in late April or early summer.