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Old 12-19-2012
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Improvised Repairs

Also known as Jerry-rigging... I'm interested in stories of mechanical failures at sea and how you might (or did) cobble together a temporary solution.

For example, I once had the latch pop off one of the forward hatches of a charter. It had been glued to the inside of the lexan, not bolted through it, so when the glue failed, no latchee. It kept popping up and catching the jib sheet on a tack. The hatch had a little gas strut that held it up, so I popped the strut out and hung a pair of shoes off the end of it, which avoided the worst of the problems - save for some water leakage.

Fortunately the weather was relatively mild, because I'm sure if we'd started taking waves over the bow I would have had gallons of water pouring through that hatch.

Any other suggestions for how I might have fastened the hatch down securely without drilling a hole in somebody else's hatch? I guess if I'd run into a real storm, I might have been less reluctant to do that, on the grounds of necessity.

Other jury-rigged repair stories welcome.
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