I have a few miscellaneous deck
questions that I don’t think warrant a separate thread for each one. Hopefully the guys and gals with the right knowledge will find them in this single
I would like to have my lazarettes sealed well. What recommendations do folks have for replacement gasket
material and latch hardware
? I want a latch to pull down hard when I want it sealed, but also not trap me below if it accidently swings closed.
Similar question for my anchor locker hatch
. It currently has “door button” (as per page 190 Defender 2012 catalog) latches
that look unsuitable even from new as nothing prevents the mechanism from vibrating to the open position. I am willing to hack the fiberglass
as required to get the hatch
Speaking of anchor locker
, there is no attachment for the inboard end of the rode
. Nothing about the construction of the anchor
locker suggests it is even remotely strong enough to support these kinds of potential forces. So option one looks like glassing in some structure, which will be a highly unpleasant task due to the access issues. Option two would be really careful to tie off to a cleat before usage, but I tend to be unlucky with this sort of approach and can see my anchor
going down. Better ideas?
I have new Lewmar
Ocean 40CST winches. I was suprised to find that the mounting base is weakly magnetic, so I assume stainless steel
is the correct choice even though the material is of a yellowish colour. I thought these things were chrome plated over bronze and would be using silicon bronze hardware.
Next topic is the toe rail. It traps considerable water
midship and I think it should not. I can’t think of any reason why I should not cut out 1/4 inch sections to allow drainage. I plan on lifting and rebedding it anyhow. Supplements question: Should I install midships chocks and cleats
while I am at it, and what size? Bow cleats
are 10 inch Al, aft cleats are 8 inch Al. Having little experience, I don’t really know how useful midship cleats will be, but am quite happy to put them in now for the small investment while the boat is in my yard if the consensus is even moderately “yes”.
The boat in an Ontario
Cheers and thank you.