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Old 19-10-2011, 13:07   #16
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the picture is not very clear but you can see the hinges .
The screw heads are apparent and the whole thing can be unscrewed quite easily.
See the hinges? I can't even work out where the doors are!

- Hidden hinges
- Bolts (recessed) not screws.
- or simply drill out / superglue the screw heads (of course that later gives you a problem!)
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Old 19-10-2011, 17:42   #17
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MarkJ had a metal insert made for his.

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Yeah, I made a Stainless "jail Bar" drop board to use in hot weather. Used it at night mostly . Slept better knowing they were going to make a bunch of noise trying to get through that.
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Old 19-10-2011, 19:48   #18
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We have a stainless steel insert on our sailboat, it works great! I wouldn't be able to get in if I locked myself in or out! It was custom made by the previous owner of our sailboat, we need to thank him for that! I'd post a picture for you but we currently have very little posting power where we are currently. Good luck with your search.
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Old 19-10-2011, 20:24   #19
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Re: Securing the Companion Way Hatch

simple solution. Set the screws in epoxy.

I spent a few hours drilling out epoxied in screws on my forehatch. The were done that way by the PO for the very same reason, exposed machine screws, thieves look for that sort of thing.... It was impossible to get them out. Of course, if you ever need to replace a hinge, you'll have some extra work to do. But its an easy fix...
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Old 19-10-2011, 21:12   #20
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Why not replace the screws with bolts that have Nyloc nuts on the Outside ?
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You could always try this!
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Hello,

What about connecting the lock to an electric fence controller? Cons?

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Old 13-10-2014, 10:34   #23
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What about connecting the lock to an electric fence controller? Cons?

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the offender needs to be grounded....
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Most offenders are so stupid if you hung two live current wires down in front of the hatch and attached a note saying "pull simultaneously to open"... they would.
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Re: Securing the Companionway Hatch

We have a unique approach to security aboard our vessel: we no longer cruise in areas where there is a real potential for crime.
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We have a unique approach to security aboard our vessel: we no longer cruise in areas where there is a real potential for crime.
Will improve your odds of course, but unfortunately, the bad guys don't read the same statistics. Cases in point in recent years: brutal isolated attacks in Belize, Guanaja Bay Islands, and Bocas del Toro Panama. No history of such in these places and none since.
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Will improve your odds of course, but unfortunately, the bad guys don't read the same statistics. Cases in point in recent years: brutal isolated attacks in Belize, Guanaja Bay Islands, and Bocas del Toro Panama. No history of such in these places and none since.
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A point well taken . . . sad, but true.
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Re: Securing the Companionway Hatch

So, a related question... what kind of lock do you guys use to lock yourselves in? I'm not talking fort knox here or even zombie radical rastas equipped with machine guns and machetes... I'm just talking about the opportunist prowling in at night to take whatever they can lay their hands on and leaving without waking us up type thing.

I am thinking something along the lines of a barrel bolt but I would be afraid that it would slide closed when we are healed over, locking us out.

I was hoping to have something to do double duty with keeping the companionway slides in if the worst were to happen. I saw things like wire rope attachments but I would again think a simple set of barrel bolts would be all you would need.
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So, a related question... what kind of lock do you guys use to lock yourselves in? I'm not talking fort knox here or even zombie radical rastas equipped with machine guns and machetes... I'm just talking about the opportunist prowling in at night to take whatever they can lay their hands on and leaving without waking us up type thing.

I am thinking something along the lines of a barrel bolt but I would be afraid that it would slide closed when we are healed over, locking us out.

I was hoping to have something to do double duty with keeping the companionway slides in if the worst were to happen. I saw things like wire rope attachments but I would again think a simple set of barrel bolts would be all you would need.
I've used barrel bolts on the inside... I've found they seldom align perfectly so will not lock you out! However...Murphy is alive and well so who knows! Some of the higher end Japanese SS hardware has resistance to it rather than just sliding freely...
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Re: Securing the Companionway Hatch

I guess I'm just having a problem with this issue since it seems so wrong to have to worry about locking yourself in your boat at any time of the day or night. I have responded to this issue in similar discussions and my ideas have not changed. Vote with your dollars for safety. We have never locked our companionway at night and sleep with our hatches open. If I have to worry about being boarded, then I am cruising in the wrong area. There are countless areas to cruise worldwide where crime is not a consideration and we need to make those places part of our itinerary. There seems to be a mentality among some cruisers that you have not earned your "cruisers badge" if you don't tick off countries on the official bucket list. Who makes this list? Why should it matter to you? The herd instinct is all powerful. Good luck and good sleeping.
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