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PCS 34 Companionway Drop board guides

The teak drop board guides our boat were split when I purchased her. A few weeks ago I grabbed the sliding hatch cover to regain my balance and split the starboard guide past the top mounting screw.

To replace them I:
Unscrewed and pried off the old guides using putty knives. Even with care some of the fiberglass came up with the old guide. Noted that there were two sets of screw holes so this was at least the third repair/replacement of the guides.

The old guides were slightly less than 3/4 of an inch thick. I started with 1 inch rough teak. After finishing, the stock was just over 7/8 inch. Used the old parts as a rough guide for shape, the length and profile were the same but the new parts were 1/2 inch wider. The inset cut was just 1/16 wider than the table saw blade with a 3 bevel to match the back of the coach roof.

Using the same holes the new guides were bedded in fast set 4200. I used a heavy weather drop board, which is a shade thicker than the regular boards, to ensure spacing while the 4200 set.

After sanding the plugs off yesterday I noted that the sliding hatch did not meet both sides of the guides. I may shave the top of the starboard side down some so that the hatch meets them evenly. Or since the replacements are very robust I may just let be.

Cost of the teak was 35$, bedding compound, screws and bungs about 20$.

All in all I am satisfied with the fit and finish. It was an easy job to complete.

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Re: PCS 34 Companionway Drop board guides

Looks great. Thanks for sharing. That's an interesting companionway hatch board. Seems like it might be difficult to find a convenient place to stow it.

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Re: PCS 34 Companionway Drop board guides

We have two single piece hatch boards like that. One is teak trimmed clear plastic, and it goes between the companionway ladder and the the interior cover for the engine. I made it fit there by moving the handle on the cover up a little bit. A few felt cushions on the hatch board keep it from scratching the engine cover. The other is the vertical mosquito screen for the companionway. It, the horizontal screen for the companionway, and the screens for the two larger overhead hatches are all held to the overhead near the foot of the vee berth by a pair of bungee cords arranged in an "X".

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Re: PCS 34 Companionway Drop board guides

Thanks for the idea of a storage place for the one piece board. It was part of the PO's gear left aboard when we purchased the boat. It has been stored in our shed at home. It is definitely a sturdy well fit piece of gear worthy of keeping around.

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Re: PCS 34 Companionway Drop board guides

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We have two single piece hatch boards like that. One is teak trimmed clear plastic, and it goes between the companionway ladder and the the interior cover for the engine. I made it fit there by moving the handle on the cover up a little bit. A few felt cushions on the hatch board keep it from scratching the engine cover. The other is the vertical mosquito screen for the companionway. It, the horizontal screen for the companionway, and the screens for the two larger overhead hatches are all held to the overhead near the foot of the vee berth by a pair of bungee cords arranged in an "X".

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Great ideas Bill!! Thanks for the suggestions.

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Re: PCS 34 Companionway Drop board guides

My boat came with four not-very-tall hatch boards. I didn't want to handle four of them every time I was opening or closing the boat. I purchased four marine-grade hinges and now have two hatch boards that fold in the middle for easy storage.
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