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12-02-2013 04:58 PM
chuck53
Re: Companionway doors

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Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
Good work Chuck.
One suggestion - pop at least a couple of the screws and get the 'security' type that can only be unscrewed with the special tool.
I know locks are only to thwart honest people, but let's not make it easy for thieves either.
Locks? What are locks? I'm on my 4th boat that I've kept at this marina and in 19 years, none have ever been locked. Have never locked it at my winter storage marina either - a few miles down the road.
There are quite a few boats not locked - ever and on the weekends, more than a few cars in the parking lot, doors unlocked and keys in the ignition.
12-02-2013 11:48 AM
chucklesR
Re: Companionway doors

Good work Chuck.
One suggestion - pop at least a couple of the screws and get the 'security' type that can only be unscrewed with the special tool.
I know locks are only to thwart honest people, but let's not make it easy for thieves either.
12-02-2013 10:45 AM
chuck53
Re: Companionway doors

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
The doors look great. While I would have cautioned their longevity three years ago as well, I'm glad they held up.
As I mentioned, we only use them on weekends when we are actually on the boat and they were finished to last years. First coat of varnish, thinned 50/50 to really soak into the wood. Second coat thinned 75/25. 4-5 additional coats at 90/10. The doors look the same today as the day I first put them on the boat.
12-02-2013 09:08 AM
downeast450
Re: Companionway doors

Your solution looks good!

I decided to "build" (cut out and shape) a second set of drop boards. I wanted a winter set so the teak boards were not suffering on the boat during storage. It required my router. I sealed the marine plywood carefully with a couple of coats of white two part epoxy paint. I like the white drop boards better than my teak ones. Easy to make and inexpensive. Adding a top board with screen was simple, too. I don't need to be as careful when handling and storing them now. The teak trim around the white drop boards looks just fine.

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12-02-2013 06:35 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Companionway doors

The doors look great. While I would have cautioned their longevity three years ago as well, I'm glad they held up.

I thought I would offer our solution to a day cover. We have a custom piece of sunbrella, cut and bound to fit around the entire companionway, including around the sliding top hatch. This has female snaps around the edges to secure to screwed down male snaps in the fiberglass.

A hole is then cut into the enclosure approx 4 inches from the edge, creating a fabric frame around the opening. Another piece is cut approx one inch larger than the interior opening and sewn across the fore edge. This flap can then roll up or down over the companionway, with the sliding hatch closed. Velcro is sewn in a few spots along the edge to hold it down. Just dropping it from the inside secures the velcro. No pressure necessary. Ours is solid, but I suppose you could put some eisenglass in it, although, I'm not sure how easily it would roll.

We also have a couple of straps sewn on the top, so it can be secured in the rolled up position.

Much lighter than wood, no additional stuff to store and very easy to enter and exit. Even when we reinstall the plexi board that goes in when we leave, we still pull the sunbrella cover over it to prevent light from entering the cabin. Good heat and UV control.

p.s. We have a flexible screen as well, with a zipper sewn around the interior, however, never use it.
12-02-2013 01:44 AM
captain jack
Re: Companionway doors

i'm not sure how i am going to do mine, yet. i kind of like the idea of having windows in them. i have seen some nice ones. it would let in more light ( yours probably really light up the cabin a lot ) but it would take away your privacy, too. i like the idea of solid ones, like Chuck's, because they give you that privacy and they don't advertise what is inside, when you aren't there. but, then, you can't see who might be on board. i have been considering solid with tinted, smallish, round port lights. maybe something trimmed in bronze. you can sometimes catch them at a good price on ebay.

still deliberating, though.
12-02-2013 01:39 AM
captain jack
Re: Companionway doors

cool. it almost looks like they are mirrored
12-02-2013 01:06 AM
MarkSF
Re: Companionway doors

Here's my solution - I wanted more light below for rainy and gloomy days.



They are Lexan sheet sandwiched with a frame made of two layers of red oak, stained to more or less teak colour.

I thought that two boards would be less hassle than 3. Not as nice as doors that open and close, though....
12-01-2013 08:08 PM
captain jack
Re: Companionway doors

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thanks for the kind words 3 years later. considering my limited wood working ability and the tools I had to work with, the doors came out pretty decent...for oak veneer plywood. I'm happy to say that 3 years later, they look the same.
that's cool. lol. i wasn't on this site three years ago or i'd have said the same then. i am getting ready to do the same thing on my cal 27. i do construction for a living and, except for the use of 'better' wood, i don't think i could do a better job. i think you deserve some kudos for your work.

actually, i didn't find this thread because i was looking for it. i found it because i was looking at on-line images of companionway doors and i clicked on the pic of your doors, because i liked them. it led me here.
12-01-2013 01:28 PM
chuck53
Re: Companionway doors

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actually, it may not be a shipman80 kind of job, but it looks pretty nice. but that's just my opinion and opinions are just like.....
thanks for the kind words 3 years later. considering my limited wood working ability and the tools I had to work with, the doors came out pretty decent...for oak veneer plywood. I'm happy to say that 3 years later, they look the same.
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