Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: S/V Waltzing Matilda, Port Ludlow, WA (NW Puget Sound)
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Re: Sailboat hatches
My midship hatch, has two pair of hinges with easily removable/swapable hinge pins, just pull the pins and swap then to the other end to. Hatch can open facing for or aft. When I built the new deck hatch I put it on sliders like a companionway hatch (so it could be open under a tender in a rainstorm...this can also switch out to be hinges (for or aft). Hatches are all beefy wood (flat top w/1/2" clear lexan on foredeck, peaked w/3/8" tinted acrylic fore midship hatch). With deck hatch (22'x22" ) and midship hatch (24"x34") the two make nice air scoops.
The first major project on my boat was moving the midship hatch to the fordeck and replaceing it with the peaked (only 3" more headroom, but it made a big differance to me)
One of the first major lessons I learned after getting my boat was "Yes you can make changes to the boat...to make it *your* boat"....secound thing I learned was "There is a distinct line between when a boat becomes a home"
Last edited by wolfenzee; 12-18-2012 at 04:04 PM.