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Name: Joran K Gendell
Date: 23 Aug 2004
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
I've just finished replacing the wood inserts in the cockpit lids and the lazarette hatch. Next project is to lay a new veneer on the companionway hatch. I've just started and have been unpleasantly surprised to discover how difficult it is to remove the hatch. My hatch may not be original, I don't know. At first I thought I could just remove the teak boards that form the aft side of the slots for the slides. This I thought would allow the hatch to simply slide aft and off the tracks. No such luck! The leading, descending, lip of the hatch won't clear the leading, rising, lip of the opening in the coach roof. So now I am removing the scuttle and I think I may have to remove the teak facing on the coach roof "splash guard" (where the dodger meets the cabin trunk.) So my question is this: Has anyone modified the hatch system to make it easier to remove the hatch for an annual coat of varnish or other maintenance? I'm considering scalloping the leading edge of the hatch. The scuttle alone should prevent water from washing under the hatch. Opinions? Thanks to all.