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Well it's going to be a winter project so it may be a while. Do you want me to do an article for the forum on building them?
Certianly! That would be outstanding!

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I would be worried about folding doors. They never stay aligned in my house. On the boat, forget it. They would be history in a week.
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We've elected to keep a single crib board of three laminations with the center layer cut out to hold some artwork:

...It's true that, as one piece, it's heavier and it is without hinges, but we don't remove it for our normal passage through our companionway. 'a similar crib board is at the entry to our aft cabin. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Blt2ski, I'd love to see some pictures, I'm having trouble picturing your setup.

CD, no problem I'll write something up and take some pictures as I go.

SCK5, I agree about folding door. I thought about the idea, then imagined my six foot 270 lbs coming down on them, and never thought about folding doors again.

Captain Force, that is absolutely beautiful! Do you climb over or does your boat have a second companionway through the aft cabin? I wasn't sure from your post. There is a 37 Gozzard that has been at the Annapolis show for the past couple of years that has stained glass inserts in each door. I wondered if the joints in the glass would work themselves loose over time. How long have you had your stained glass?

BTW, we use our boat as a second home at the shore, so having doors rather than hatch boards is a great convenience. I'd never go back. Iím trying to figure out how to have the best of both worlds.

And if you're trying to imagine the acrylic inlays, I'm kicking around using one of these two from my woodworking supplier. The top one looks like mother of pearl, the bottom one speaks for itself. Both provide a sense of deep depth, though the inlays will only be 1/16th thinck. I thought about real mother of pearl, but it would double the amount of time for the project and it would make the doors too delicate.


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I understand the idea that hatch boards can be stronger than hinged doors. But in my 42' CC, I seriously doubt I'll ever see anything close to a boarding wave in the cockpit.

so is there any reason I shouldn't ditch the drop board in favor of folding doors?
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...Captain Force, that is absolutely beautiful! Do you climb over or does your boat have a second companionway through the aft cabin? I wasn't sure from your post. There is a 37 Gozzard that has been at the Annapolis show for the past couple of years that has stained glass inserts in each door. I wondered if the joints in the glass would work themselves loose over time. How long have you had your stained glass?
JimMcGee, Thanks for the compliment. We normally enter and leave at this companionway by sitting on the cabin trunk and swinging our legs over to the steps. The confiquration is simple by chance. I can see how this would often not work on other boats. Of course, we are all accustomed to moving about on our own boats, so we lift it out for visitors. We have had this piece for about eight years without any loosening of the stained glass joints; however, we did replace one small cracked piece of glass that was damaged. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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