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Redoing Companionway hatch
I have an Alberg 35 with a companionway hatch that needs renewal. A PO surrounded the stock hatch with teak rails and teak planks. The planks were glued and screwed down from below with some a cosmetic cover. Over the winter, the planks (which had pretty much disintegrated) came off; one blew away. What's left is a fiberglass area with screws sticking up and the remains of whatever glue was used. I'd like a solution that makes this an easier place to stand since it's where I am to tie in reef points.
My planned solution is
1. Remove screws and glue; fill holes with epoxy.
2. Get a piece of marine plywood (approx. square 30" on a side). Measure/fit thickness to come up to top of teak side pieces with 1/8 inch gap (this would either be 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch ply).
3. Put two coats of epoxy on the plywood to seal it (include the edges).
4. Epoxy the encapsulated plywood to the hatch.
5. Paint plywood with epoxy paint.
6. Put KiwiGrip over the epoxy paint.
7. Sealant in the gap between the sides and the plywood piece.
Any advice on this plan? Does it seem sound? I have no experience with this sort of thing, so I'm watching youtube videos and getting advice online. I appreciate your time in reading this and helping me out.