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08-17-2014 09:15 PM
deltaten
Re: Making Companionway Doors

I'm luvvin mine!
made em from 1/2" HDPE matl. sheet, saorta red woodish brown....dark teak! cutt panel to fit HUGE (36" w@ to, 30@ bott) opening. reduced by 3" on each side, to slide in DB slot. doubled w/rips of same to look like framed doors. left laps as needed. all glued up with g-flex (thick, still oozes!)
still sourcing drop hinges at decent price...see dog s.s.@$29.95 PR? I think not! getting used to them of later. might not add the lift offs
08-17-2014 05:18 PM
capecodda
Re: Making Companionway Doors

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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
I agree. I also have a Sunbrella cover that snaps onto the top of the aft end of the slider. It has a light batten sewn in at the bottom for weight. As I live aboard it makes it easy to open or close for ventilation or when leaving the boat. Also I can roll it up to whatever height I like and I use a small plastic spring clamp to keep it there. Often in the winter I will leave the bottom board (I have 2) in and almost close the gap with the flap. Allows for as much or as little ventilation as I want and makes it easy to come and go. When I want it totally open I just flip the whole thing onto the sliding part of the hatch.
We have something similar. We built a canvas door with a zipper down the middle. The sides are wood battens that fit in the board slots on either side. We hold them in place with slide bolts on top, and a pin on the bottom. We have 2 versions, canvas and flexible screening for ventilation. We use this at anchor when on board. The other nice thing about this setup is it takes up little room when stowed, as you can roll it up.

This in no way solves the offshore, keeping the water out issue, or security on a dock, but we've got hatch boards for that.
08-17-2014 04:59 PM
drsutton
Re: Making Companionway Doors

Just finished these about a month ago.. What a relief to not chase down companion boards.
12-05-2013 11:42 PM
aeventyr60
Re: Making Companionway Doors

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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
I agree. I also have a Sunbrella cover that snaps onto the top of the aft end of the slider. It has a light batten sewn in at the bottom for weight. As I live aboard it makes it easy to open or close for ventilation or when leaving the boat. Also I can roll it up to whatever height I like and I use a small plastic spring clamp to keep it there. Often in the winter I will leave the bottom board (I have 2) in and almost close the gap with the flap. Allows for as much or as little ventilation as I want and makes it easy to come and go. When I want it totally open I just flip the whole thing onto the sliding part of the hatch.
All good! I added a few sinkers (weights) to the bottom seam. Also a few snaps along the bottom holds it securely in place and adds up to a real tight fit. Usually the first board is all I need. We made a second flap out of mosquito netting for when the bugs get bad and for ventilation in the tropics.
I guess we could add an eisenglass window too...
12-05-2013 11:34 PM
mitiempo
Re: Making Companionway Doors

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Originally Posted by aeventyr60 View Post
The best addition was a snap on Sunbrella cover that drapes down from the sliding companion way hatch cover. For the poster who was concerned about the UV degrading his newly varnished doors, this may be the ticket.
I agree. I also have a Sunbrella cover that snaps onto the top of the aft end of the slider. It has a light batten sewn in at the bottom for weight. As I live aboard it makes it easy to open or close for ventilation or when leaving the boat. Also I can roll it up to whatever height I like and I use a small plastic spring clamp to keep it there. Often in the winter I will leave the bottom board (I have 2) in and almost close the gap with the flap. Allows for as much or as little ventilation as I want and makes it easy to come and go. When I want it totally open I just flip the whole thing onto the sliding part of the hatch.
12-05-2013 10:45 PM
Capt Len
Re: Making Companionway Doors

Never had drop boards but how about this solution. Attach with piano hinge the new doors (maybe cut up drop boards) to hardwood baton that fits snug in the old drop board slot. Pre drill access holes in hinge to screw to backside of slot. Add drip bottom and clasp to doors Nothing is altered permanently and offers the chance to make it out of 5 bucks of ply wood to see if you like it.
12-05-2013 11:42 AM
Brewgyver
Re: Making Companionway Doors

I have nice teak-framed vision doors on lift-off hinges. The hinges are much lighter than the ones Zacor uses, but I like the setup just the way it is. I only hang them in the slip (might while on the hook, but haven't done much of that yet, still a noob ), for the day or several while I'm more or less on the boat. When I head home 40 miles (still have to work), I drop the boards and lock it up. When I bought the boat, the boards and hatch didn't even have a hasp, and I didn't feel the need to lock it until I spen a chunk of change on a Raymarine e7. Fortunately, there isn't much of a theft problem at my marina. The dock gates are locked, and even though a lot of people will hold a gate open for you if you look like you're going through, you don't hear about any real security issues. Part of that might be the fair number of liveaboards.
12-05-2013 10:25 AM
jimgo
Re: Making Companionway Doors

I had though about gluing and cutting since my current drop boards had already been fastened together by the PO. But I soon realized, much like Ron's post, that it's not that simple unless you're going to get rid of the trim piece that holds the drop boards in place. That's an option, but it will preclude you from using drop boards again. For some people, that may not be a problem. But if you want (or have plans) to sail in bigger water, the ability to add a drop board to keep water from entering the cabin can be handy. I've seen some doors, like the ones Zarcor makes, that fit into the current slot. Unfortunately, those inherently narrow the companionway a bit because of the hinges. As Ron suggested, you could trim down the wooden frame, but then you're decreasing the surface area that supports the drop boards, which I think would weaken the companionway. Not that it's a structural piece - it would just make it easier for someone to kick in the doors.
12-05-2013 09:29 AM
Faster
Re: Making Companionway Doors

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Originally Posted by drsutton View Post
My thoughts about companionway doors made from drop boards is very straightforward. Glue up the boards, seperate by cutting down the center, attach hinges and mound. Since the drop boards already fit the opening, no other cuts need to be made.
Bill
You'll need to cut off the aft edge of the companionway frame so the new doors are free to swing out. You can't swing the doors in and out of the current existing drop board slots. Easily done with a router as long as you've clearance for the base.. a router bit in a drywall trimmer can do the job in tighter spaces.

Gluing the current boards together and cutting them will work, but properly framed doors will look a lot better. If you do glue and cut I'd suggest using splines or biscuits in the joints to beef them up.. but I'm afraid it wouldn't look all that great... (JMO)
12-05-2013 07:56 AM
drsutton
Re: Making Companionway Doors

My thoughts about companionway doors made from drop boards is very straightforward. Glue up the boards, seperate by cutting down the center, attach hinges and mound. Since the drop boards already fit the opening, no other cuts need to be made.
Bill
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