Re: Tips on Watch Standing
The ISAF proscriptions for Cat 1 and 0 races is for the hatch boards to be fastened in place to prevent them from falling out in the event of a capsize. Jackdale’s tying off is perfectly acceptable. What Hellosailer is most likely referring to is the requirement that the companionway slider is “dogged” in place. You must be able to un dog and open the slider from either the outside or inside. Slider dogs is what is usually missing in boats that occasionally race offshore.
We use pins through the inside frame to secure the washboards in place as we need to store those boards flat. On our next serious yard work (when we recaulk the slider frame), our plan is to install a pair of Lewmar hatch dogs. They will dog into a pair of slots in the frame. The added feature of this set up is we will gain a little more in-harbor security as we will be able to lock the slider in place from the inside of the boat.
2000 Catalina 34 MkII