Domed Hatches - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 04-22-2007
lbdavis's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Portland, ME
Posts: 560
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
lbdavis is on a distinguished road
Domed Hatches

I am curious if anyone has any experience/knowledge with domed hatch covers. I am looking to replace the only hatch on a Bristol 27 with a hatch cover that has a dome in order to provide forward visibility while holed up down below. Off shore cruising is in the near future.

My questions/concerns:

1) Is it a good idea?
2) Does anyone make one/ know where one could find one?
3) Would a dome of 1/4" lexan take the pressure of crashing green water? (I've found manufacturers that will make domes up to 1/4") It seems like thicker would certainly be better. I would never consider a sheet of lexan that thin, but as a dome?....

Thanks in advance for your valuable insight, comments, and amusing anecdotes!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 04-22-2007
SVDistantStar's Avatar
'72 Pearson 36
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Charleston SC
Posts: 497
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 9
SVDistantStar is on a distinguished road
Send a message via AIM to SVDistantStar
I thought about doing this on my Pearson. I got a dome that i dont think could stand anything hitting it. It seems like a cool idea, and ive seen it on a few other boats around here. The idea of getting up on a chilly morning and just looking out the dome and not opening the hatch was very apealing. The best thing i can say is to make a peice of wood or lexan that can be used to cover where the dome is in case it ever breaks out.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 04-22-2007
Senior Moment
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Michigan
Posts: 222
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
RickBowman is an unknown quantity at this point
Will a small telescope fit inside it?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 04-22-2007
Guesser's Avatar
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 95
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Guesser is on a distinguished road
I think something like this would work well. These were very popular in Germany during WWII.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 04-22-2007
tdw's Avatar
tdw tdw is offline
Super Fuzzy Moderator
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Sydney Australia
Posts: 14,939
Thanks: 5
Thanked 81 Times in 75 Posts
Rep Power: 10
tdw is a jewel in the rough tdw is a jewel in the rough tdw is a jewel in the rough
Slippin' and a sliddin' might have something to do with the lack of the dome's popularity.

They have appeared on various cruising boats over the years. Moitessier had one on Joshua and Blondie Hasler had one on Jester.

Presuming you want dome so that you can stay below and still see what is going on around you ? Read up on Hasler, he was the master of dry sailing. He boasted that when he did the Trans Atlantic Single Hander in Jester he didn't go out on deck once and completed the crossing in his dressing gown and slippers. Jester was a junk rigged timber folkboat.
__________________
Andrew B

"Do you think God gets stoned? I think so... Look at the platypus." Robin Williams.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 04-23-2007
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,290
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
I don't think you'll find one that isn't custom-made for you. Domed hatches are far more expensive to produce than regular hatches, and the market for them is fairly small.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Replacing crazed lexan hatches - updated question rryan14 Gear & Maintenance 13 03-16-2007 10:21 PM
Replacement Hatches for Valiant 40 Shahrazad Gear & Maintenance 0 02-09-2005 05:47 PM
Resolving Hatch and Portlight Problems Tom Wood Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 03-17-2003 08:00 PM
Endeavour Hatches karlz General Discussion (sailing related) 1 03-15-2002 06:28 PM
Repairing Hatches Sue & Larry Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 11-11-2001 08:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:01 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.