Originally Posted by Tartan34C
I also think this is the type of subject that deteriorates into nonsense very quickly and should be dropped
Truer words have never been spoken!
I think G- and SD- have raised some very good points. I think anyone venturing offshore or even just away from home port for any extended time should have pre-prepared hatch covers that can be used to cover broken hatches, portlights, and don't forget cockpit lockers and the companionway hatch.