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Companionway Door Ideas

Hey Folks,
One of my winter woodworking projects is going to be replacing my existing companionway doors with a new custom set.

I'm looking for ideas, thoughts, suggestions and photos from anyone who's done this. I'll also be checking out the booths of a couple of vendors who make them at the Annapolis Sailboat Show.

What I want to add/correct/improve on my current doors:
  • The ability to pop out the glass and drop in screens.
  • Able to quickly drop in hatch boards behind the doors (I can't use hatch boards with the current mounting hardware).
  • Better weather sealing when I'm aboard in the winter.
  • Easier to open/close the hatch.
  • More decorative details (decorative dolphin inlays for the wife on the
Here's what I currently have and want to improve on.


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