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Fall consciousness struggles

Fall is now here for real as the first drops fall over Oakland.

With it came the annoying angst about leaks. I'm looking at my companionway hatch and I wonder... I don't know when the frame was last re-bedded. I have not seen any water come out of it yet but I can't stop wondering. My forward hatch had to be re-bedded but then I could see water coming down from all four corners when raining.

At the same time, taking the whole thing off will be painful. I can tell by the number of pieces and the amount of screws hiding under the rounds caps. My worst fear is that I will end up destroying the teak pieces when trying to take them off.

I already have projects going on and I also plan on enjoying some sailing while there still is wind. How worried should I be?

How about asking a professional to remove the pieces? I can always caulk and screw/bolt them back together myself.
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Re: Fall consciousness struggles

What kind of boat? What make of hatch?
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Re: Fall consciousness struggles

It's the companionway hatch frame on a Columbia 29 Mkii. It's a custom piece (or pieces)
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Re: Fall consciousness struggles

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Fall is now here for real as the first drops fall over Oakland.
My worst fear is that I will end up destroying the teak pieces when trying to take them off..
Don't sweat that.
Here's a chance to upgrade to mahogany.

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Re: Fall consciousness struggles

Suggest you pick a particularly nasty day when it is really windy and driving rain. Go camp out in your boat for one half hour with a flashlight and a notepad. You can see if the hatch is leaking then and can look around to note any other leaks. Then the next spectacularly warm and dry day rebed the offending piece of hardware and repeat the process.

This is what I did two years ago after having rebedded everything the oprevious two springs. I found a number of leaks and fixed them as I found them. Was easier as my boat was on the hard beside my house ..
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