Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Green Cove Springs, Florida
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Paul, I can't get any pics of that for a couple of weeks or more, I'm about 750miles down the road from the boat...I like it a WHOLE lot better. I think I used a Bomar 1070 for the bow, I think that was the number, got it off of Ebay for like 90 bucks, with bug screen..like new, but I did add some stainless strips inside the hatch, in case of an errant big foot. So much better when motoring in calm waters to have that hatch up for ventilation, plus, in my mind, better privacy at a dock. If one were to use a hatch of a 1070 size, one would have a crown to contend with of about 1/2 to 5/8 inch on each side but if you know epoxy, it is a pretty simple build up. As for the old hole, I just used some (I think) 5/8 inch ply(three pieces) using the old hatch as a reference to get, basically the same lines. Someone else may have better luck, but I found building up the "plug' on the boat was easier then trying to build up a "plug" off the boat, then hoping it fits. I went that way first, it ended up in the trash. I did cut out the vertical part of that lip that is inside of the old hatch with a die grinder, leaving the "horizontal" of that lip to "catch" the ply. Then bolting in the plywood. Once you get that first layer of cloth over the ply, it will hold itself for more layers. I used long enough bolts so that the interior is now a magazine, small chart, whatever rack. Then it was just building up on the outside with mat and cloth to get to the original lines of the old hatch and coach roof, fairing it in, and paint. Not as easy to egress or ingress as the original, but I don't use it for that much anyway. And when working around the mast, a whole lot better.
No more leaks from that area.....now the windows. Just about to glass them in to, and then paint the outside black to mimic the original windows, but i may go the WindyWay treatment. I have yet to pull back the curtains inside. Also might glass down the poptop, I have it sealed down...I don't use it, and that cavity outside of the seal is just a place to collect dirt, water, whatever. Good luck with your Spirit..I really enjoy tying mine up beside a Catalina 22.