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12-09-2009 10:23 PM
blt2ski I have smoked plexiglass or equal folding doors, and wood drop in boards. The plexi doors are nice when sailing. I also have a small piece of wood that overlaps the front edge so not as much rain or equal can get into the front slat tween the doors.

12-09-2009 08:51 PM


Many boats, including my 1986 O'day 35, came with Plexiglass drop boards. Mine are smoked for privacy, but still allow some light in and you to see out.

They seem pretty strong and while I am sure they don't make a watertight seal they don't let rain in. My O'day has a good sized bridgedeck, so it would take a LARGE wave for water to reach the drop boards.

12-09-2009 08:35 PM
ahalfon Does anyone use plexiglass boards? Of course they don't offer privacy, but in my case I actually want visibility in/out of the cabin in bad weather (I often sail with my 6 YO boy).
I'm more concerned about their strength and water tightness. Also, does it make sense to go with one board vs. two to make it stronger and cheaper?

I'm thinking of replacing the rotten boards on my Pearson 28-2 with plexiglass, and would appreciate any advice or insights...
12-09-2009 12:40 PM
mitiempo They're easy to make.
12-09-2009 10:30 AM
these look neat

I have the dropin slats, and as a liveaboard it is kind of a pain. I looked at these but they are kinda pricey....

Cruising Concepts/Companionway Doors
12-09-2009 09:32 AM
tommays When we are out in really nasty stuff we have a different lower board that LOCKS in place so if we get dumped on it does not flood the cabin that easy
12-09-2009 08:55 AM
Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
But in a worst case I'd like the option of putting the drop boards in. Doors are convenient for liveaboard though.
Good Point. They do just have lift off hinges so the drop boards would still work.
12-09-2009 07:40 AM
klem Those look like they could be nice for protected water sailing. You could probably still put the drop boards in behind them if it got nasty, it looks like there is room.
12-08-2009 10:17 PM
mitiempo But in a worst case I'd like the option of putting the drop boards in. Doors are convenient for liveaboard though.
12-08-2009 10:12 PM


I like those doors. Very clever. I can also state that in my 7 seasons of sailing I have never sailed with the drop boards in.

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