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Old 06-03-2009, 19:33   #1
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Question Companionway hatch boards - How to secure?

On my Ranger 33 there are two companionway hatch boards, slightly "V" shaped, one fits over the other. Presently they are held in place by gravity. I want to be able to fix them in place (one or both) so they can't fall out when sailing.

I can't figure out how to do this so the barrel bolts or whatever system I use, can be reached, that is fixed or released from either inside or outside. Any ideas on this?
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Just a question...why do both boards need to be accessible ("fixed or released") from both inside and outside?
How about fixing the lower board with a barrel-bolt accessible from the cockpit, and the upper board with a barrel-bolt accessible from the inside. This way, you can secure-in-place the lower board from the cockpit (good for inclement conditions, and keeping water out of the companionway if you take a wave in the cockpit), and you can lock-in the upper board from inside the cabin, for security while sleeping.
If the weather is truly fierce, you would have the c-way hatch shut, which would hold both boards in.
Just a thought...
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Sounds like Meridian has a good plan.
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:13   #4
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Not very elegant but how about a strap/webbing (possibly stretchable) going from the outside, up and over the top board, then down the inside.
Each end is hooked or snapped or Velcro-ed in place and can be released from either end in a pinch
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Hi - Thank you both, Meridian (John) and James for the suggestions. Both ideas sound good and a lot better than what I had thought of so far. I was having trouble visualizing how to create something that would work, be simple and safe. I like these suggestions and will get to work on them.
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It's actually an ORC regulation for racing boats. It's a good rule.
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