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Rebuilding Companionway Hatch on Alberg 30

I'm rebuilding the companionway hatch on my Alberg 30 and wanted to know if anyone knew of good resources or plans that can be accessed that could give me some direction on construction. Any help appreciated.
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are you refering to the hatch itself or the framing it slides into?
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The hatch itself....but there is damage to the framing it slides into as well. The framing could be salvaged - but I'd like to rebuild the entire hatch.
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There have been a couple of good articles about doing this in some boating magazines, (Good Old Boat and Boatworks come to mind), as well as probably some good articles on doing this or similar projects in Don Casey's This Old Boat...

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when i first bought my py26 a few years ago the hatch and framework were both in sad condition,because i had my boat moored about 8 hour drive away i was concerned about vandalism,i happened to have enough "1/4 aluminum plate on hand i made a templet from a large piece of card board, the aluminum plate is a bit cumbersome when i'm on and off the boat a lot so i also made another from "1/4 inch plexiglass that i use when i'm going to be nearby [the clear plexiglass is great when its raining]later i used the old framework as a pattern to fabricate a new one,i owned a sawmill and had some very good black walnut on hand,black walnut is very strong and also rot resistant,its been on for several years and still looks good,the angles are a bit challenging but do-able
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I saw the pictures of the hatch on the Alberg Association site...just what I am looking for... but there are only pictures there and I can't find a good way to contact the right person who might give some detail into the construction.

Also the hatch on the Alberg Assoc. site is made from solid teak... yes very nice. Would using teak plywood be something the I need to avoid?
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No reason to avoid plywood, provided it is properly treated against water intrusion. The Romans used plywood for shields and in terms of strengtha nd resisting damage, it is actually probably better than solid teak.

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I saw the pictures of the hatch on the Alberg Association site...just what I am looking for... but there are only pictures there and I can't find a good way to contact the right person who might give some detail into the construction.

Also the hatch on the Alberg Assoc. site is made from solid teak... yes very nice. Would using teak plywood be something the I need to avoid?
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if you are doing the whole kit and kaboodle, you may want to consider refitting the drop boards, and adding saloon style doors for ease when you are aboard. glad this came up as louvered saloon style would be nice for summer, but im looking at keeping the framing, recutting the slats and adding the swing style doors for ease during nice weather.

here is a link to a schematic and some basic instruction for a set up that can 'drop in' or open up. i am of the mind to keep the drop ins seperate, but add the saloon to the exterior frame w/pinned hinges that can be removed...


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SailboatOwners.com - Schematic for Cheap Companion Way Doors
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