I'm looking for a place to mount my liferaft
, and am considering mounting it on the cover for the sliding companionway hatch
cover is 1/2" thick. However, there's almost no clearance between the hatch and the hatch cover. My thought was to get a 1/8" backing plate and weld on threaded posts - then route
out a 1/8" recess so that I can place the backing plate and still have it flush with the rest of the underside of the cover.
The other problem is that right now the hatch cover is secured with only self tapping screws. A friendly dock
mate suggested I just use 5200 to set the whole thing in place, and "that sucker won't go anywhere". I tend to agree, but figure I'll never get it off again. Through bolting it might be possible, but would be a huge chore with the headliner
where it is.
So, two questions:
1. Do you think a 1/2" hatch cover that's routed down to 3/8" is strong enough to hold the raft against a boarding wave?
2. How 'bout this 5200 idea? Is it strong enough, and can I ever get it off again?
Thanks in advance for the help.