Originally Posted by pablothesailor
There is a lot of really useful info on this thread & im sure its given many food
The ¨thread drift¨ has been caused by someone (probably a single
old guy) who feels unloved by the world, probably sails
alone as no one could put up with him more than 20mins, and If you told him a board was black he would argue it was a ¨White board painted black¨
, special thanks to Mark for the photo
of his simple security
grid, I showed it to my local welder who says its easy to make something to fit & be mighty strong, a photo
of it locked fom the inside would be useful Mark if possible?! As a relative newbie would it be a big safety
risk to have 2 bars across certain Hatches to stop entry through an open one? I am close to a boat purchase
& would like to get all these type of jobs done before we set off! Im now at a stage where ive gone past the argument of ¨to lock or not to lock in¨, i respect the right to an opinion & if people want to go everywhere with the boat wide open then thats thier choice, I wish to have that bit of extra security
available to me & others on board if I feel w need it in certain areas!
I think the metal security grid drop board is a great idea to have on board as an option. At anchor
or in port I don't usually like having my offshore
drop boards in their slots, since I am often going from my bunk to on deck
a few times a night. Getting them in and out can be awkward and clumsy, especially since I have a hard dodger
over the companionway
. Normally when I'm aboard at anchor
or at a dock
I use a single
sheet of 1/4 plexi that I drop onto the cockpit
benches like a draw bridge.
In hot weather
with bugs, the bug screen
is usually in the drop board slot. The clear plexi is easily lifted by its string to the vertical like a draw bridge for sudden rain showers etc.
I suppose it makes sense to make a metal security grid drop board, and just glue bug screen
material to it. The bug screen material would also help to camouflage the security grid from outside.
Here is my contribution to the thread, and what I will try next on my own boat. Since I am up several times a night, I want something that can be silently removed by a half groggy skipper
in the dark, without awakening crew / guests. It doesn't have to be built like Fort Knox, it is just meant to provide an unanticipated obstacle to a boat invader.
Mainly, I don't want bad guys scrambling across my deck
and down the open / unlocked companionway
, while I'm awakening in my bunk 20' away around the corner and down the passage
. I don't want to meet the boat invader in my saloon
. I want to meet him, if it must happen, short of my interior
This quiet, simple, easily removed barrier doesn't have to keep the bad guy out for long, just enough that he can't get down without using tools and taking time. This can be accomplished either with some Kevlar line. Flexible but hard to cut line could be looped in an hourglass or "X" with a cross between the two tops of the "X". The top of the "X" is at the top of the C-way. The bottom of the X a few inches up from the bottom.
To install it, I'll dig up a few stainless steel
eye straps, the open kind with a curved hook to the side. I don't want to lace and unlace the line from actual eyes. Putting the "X" over the open straps and tightening it down at the bottom (sailors will figure out how) will only take a second or two. Ditto removing it. The small stainless or brass hardware
should be installed just on the insides of the C-way, invisible from outside.
When facing an unexpected stout Kevlar etc line tightly gridded across the C-way, the invader will have to stop to consider how to defeat it. Cut it with a knife? Push it out? Climb over it? A clever kid might defeat it, given a few minutes time.
But I'll have already heard him crossing my decks, and I'll be ready for him, armed with this or that, but something that can hurt him or repel him from the cover of my saloon
, inside and to the side.
Just another OPTION to consider, along with tactics, weapons, a solid metal grid drop board, etc.