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  1. How not to retrofit a hatch: Installation

    The new Lewmar hatch fit into the new opening without much fuss. Next, we drill seventeen holes for the mounting screws. The directions say that the screws on the hinge-side must be through-bolted, while the other sides can be screwed into the deck, but I would rather through-bolt all of them. Here, the inner riser comes into focus again, as its diagonal curving sides fall in the path of most of the screw holes. I was getting a little shell-shocked at this point. You probably wouldn't believe ...
  2. How not to retrofit a hatch: Destruction

    Here's where we learn what's inside the hatch structure. Removal of the wood trim reveals a fairly uneven gap, with unfriendly angles, between the deck piece and the liner piece. Apparently both pieces were made with flanges that were supposed to line up, but some grinding had to be done to make the original hatch fit.
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    To make the new hatch fit, we need to remove the inner lip to create a flat platform, widen the fore-aft dimension of the opening ...

    Updated Yesterday at 12:32 PM by toddster

  3. Marine Survey Check List

    I have known several surveyors over the decades. They answer my ill-informed questions with patience, and I believe that they could have been teachers had they chosen it.
    I was looking thru the web site for one of those folks, and thought that others here might like to consider (print out...) the list she uses as a general guide.
    It is a long list. A survey usually takes a full work day, and after that a written report with a lot of digital pix is prepared and conveyed to the purchaser ...

    Updated 09-21-2018 at 11:54 AM by Loren Beach

  4. Ericson 38--Varnish, Again

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    I've had oiled teak and varnished teak, and in the end, for me at least, the maintenance comes out the same. Here in SoCal, oiling--after cleaning and bleaching, is best done every three months. Varnish--just two maintenance coats over a sound base--is every 18 months or so. Both are pleasing to my eye, and the periodic effort is much reduced by memories of letting wood go too long, and having to start over.

    In many years of varnishing I ...

    Updated 09-15-2018 at 09:55 PM by Christian Williams

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  5. A Suitable Case for Treatment

    Finally, I couldn't put off any longer a few cheapskate treatments. Window treatments, that is.
    I'll be spending the night at a few guest docks over the next couple of weeks, and there seems to be some need for privacy. Or barring that, public decency. A couple of towels stuffed in the hand rails has sufficed in the past, but then what if you need to use a towel?
    Arcturus came with lots of holes drilled around the fixed ports and some brittle rotten remains of expensive plastic ...

    Updated 09-04-2018 at 07:57 PM by toddster

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