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Storing/Protecting Hatch boards

While refinishing our hatch boards, I got to wondering how to protect and store them below while sailing. Any tips or suggestions on storing them while sailing? How do you keep yours secure and relatively 'ding' free below decks?
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We just lay ours on the quarter berth to port of the companionway steps, though this isn't the "ding free" solution you're looking for. I've been envious of the teak hatchboard storage racks in the companionway of many new models I've seen at boat shows. I believe I've seen these on several Tartans, though I can't find a picture.
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The best solution I have heard of is a box with a few lengthwise dividers with a carpet lining. Personally I just throw them on a bunk, then again mine are plywood painted white.
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I place mine under the foam pad/mattress in the V-berth. Safe from dings and they do not slide around. Not a good idea if they are wet. Dan S/V Marian Claire
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Just bought some thick material and am going to sew a bag with dividers.

The top board has a metal plate with screws on both sides. They scratch the other boards when they are stacked. Hopefully this solution works.

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I placed mine inside a draw-string laundry bag, then dropped the bag into a wire rack mounted inside a cockpit locker right below the opening. This setup made it very easy to store and retrieve the boards without damage to their finish. I think you can find the wire rack at some kitchen places.
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We have a box in the cockpit locker - made of 1/2" or 3/8" plywood, attached to the forward bulkhead, very simple, with a carpet lined slot for each board. The box is an inch or so shallower than the boards are long (or wide, really), so you can grab an edge to pull them out. Keeps the varnish perfect.
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canvas divider bag, with pockets for boards, then you fold it up and tie it off
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Rhythm is equiped with custom storage 'slider slots' installed behind the port and starboard settee backs. The seat backs are top hinged and swing up. Grooved receiver slots fashioned from wood hold each board (three total) to the bottom of the 'slider' storage space along each side of the salon. The boards are away from all harm without infringing on storage space.

Having trouble with the description so I'll take photos if anyone's interested...MGM
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