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Just FYI, those are generally called drop boards... not hatch boards or hatches. Hatches on a sailboat are the big opening hinged ports in the cabin top.
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Hinged!?!?!

The Islander 36 has a hatch board that sets in vertically just forward of the cockpit, underneath the horizontal sliding hatch.

It was this hatch board that was on top of the cabin .... that slid off during the healing of the boat.

After this happened I always take the hatch boards and set them safely into a settee.

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Ok, I thought it was a "hatch" not a drop board, hence the confusion. I could see that happening...

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How long do I have to be a junior member .
You'll be a "junior member" until you figure out that a plexiglass drop board isn't worth $500!

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As a newbie I am really enjoying this thread. Makes my mistakes seem more acceptible-

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Welcome to sailnet. Making mistakes is a part of the learning process. Hopefully, you only make each mistake once...and avoid the ones that are not survivable.
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Hopefully, you only make each mistake once...and avoid the ones that are not survivable.
Which are also mistakes you only make once.
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Yeah, but you don't learn from them.
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Which are also mistakes you only make once.

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Well, having thought about it.....I have to say the biggest single boneheaded thing I ever did as a sailor.......was to marry a woman who hated sailing.

We were married for 22 years. Divorced fifteen years ago, and I am just now finally getting back to something I loved and gave up.

For what it's worth, I also gave up motorcycles for that one. And living in sunny climates.

She died in July.

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2Gringos, not sure how to respond to this one. Condolences on her passing? Congrats on the divorce? Double congrats on getting back on the water? What can or should we say about this one?

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Yeah, I guess I should have left the fact that she died out of it. Unless it can serve as a caution to others. She was 58. Total liver failure. Cause?

Vodka. pure and simple.

I'll take the congrats, though. My present ( and last!) wife took the ASA cert courses for basic, bareboat charter and catamaran with me in the BVI in Dec.

So I guess I learned from past mistakes. But on the big picture, talking about boneheaded things to do while sailing....

Picking a partner that hates the ocean has to be up there with the best of them.

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