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Re: Hatchway alternatives?

Thanks for the replays. Please don't read too much into the getting out in a hurry, more like I've never given thought to being overnight with an open door so to speak. What about winter time? I plan on using my boat year round.

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Re: Hatchway alternatives?

I have two opening doors and the hatchboards, plus a two part plexiglass insert. However, the thing I use most is a canvas (sunbrella) cover that attaches to the sliding hatch. Several snaps on the top and bottom secure it nicely. Think I'll make another one out of mosquito cloth so we can let some air in as well.
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Re: Hatchway alternatives?

We have both the hatch-boards and swinging doors that lift off. The doors are so nice to have as a LA.
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Re: Hatchway alternatives?

We have lived aboard for over 20 years in boats that have wooden hatch boards. We lived aboard in Canada in - 20 degree weather on a boat with two hatch boards and it was no problem. Winters we had a "tent" covering our boat. The tent also had a door.

We are currently living aboard in a marina in Eilat, Israel on the Red Sea. This boat has one hatch board and two opening doors. Its very hot here and we often sleep with just the doors shut and the bottom hatchboard out for more ventilation. Come to think of it we often left the top hatchboard out in Canadian summers for ventilation.

We've never considered hatch boards to be an issue for getting off the boat quickly. Although last week when the air raid sirens went off because of rocket fire from Egypt, we were out in the cockpit pretty fast

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each of my 2 boats has a different systemless for companionway exit, entry

neither will withstand shotgun fire.

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summer and winter i sleep in open boat. oops i lied--tropical summers are spent in cabin with air cond..yes bubba is a supreme wooss. i am not far behind.... i do not like skeeters or tropical bugs..lol i spray for insects in evenings, when it does some good...
dengue has erupted here.....we have had 2 cases this year.prolly more. 2 folks i know others i do not personally know. an alert has been posted here for prevention. i now have skeeter netting screens all hatches and ports


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We have both the hatch-boards and swinging doors that lift off. The doors are so nice to have as a LA.
This. Maybe the best improvement I made to our boat was to build companionway doors. it just makes life so much easier, especially with a couple of dogs.

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Re: Hatchway alternatives?

We keep our single crib board in place when the weather suits. Our cover atop doesn't slide like many, but folds up and forward on a hinge. We easily sit on the cabin trunk from the top step and swing our legs over. It's a swift and casual move.



Our single crib board is three pieces of polycarbonate with the center piece cut out to accomodate the stained glass piece. This lets in much nice light and the whole unit slips into a slot next to the steps when we want more breeze.
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Dave, if you really want to get out in a hurry, you lay up a couple of shaped charges or some primer cord against the hull and deck. That way when you want to get out "NOW NOW NOW" you just slap the big red button, and there are unobstructed exits in all the convenient places.

You know, if you own the boat, you have all those options.

I don't know why you'd ever need to evacuate the boat so quickly that you couldn't lift out hatchboard(s) but you do of course have all the options. Hinged doors, louvres, screens, grates, one board or two or three or four...this is why we say "Whatever floats your boat."
and, presumably, give every new crew member strict instructions NOT to press the big red button....

That would make for 3 things on my boat :

Don't turn the battery switch through off while the engine is running
Don't turn the engine ignition switch off while the engine is running
Don't press the big red button, unless I tell you to

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This. Maybe the best improvement I made to our boat was to build companionway doors. it just makes life so much easier, especially with a couple of dogs.
Good point here. Our dog knows he can push on the doors to get out in case of emergency.

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