My 1978 Seafarer 30 is used for Coastal sailing. The largest waters I may cross in the next few years are the Bay of Fundy or the Gulf of Maine
between Nova Scotia
and New Brunswick or Maine
. I would likely take the shortest off-shore route
(ie daysail in good weather
I have removed the rails holding down my sliding hatch
and have cleaned them up to re-install. Each rail was held down with (old) sealant
and about 10 small screws into the deck
If I were crossing the Atlantic, I would certainly think about drilling through the cabin
one piece glass headliner
and throughbolting the rails, which would require a backing plate or washers and nuts, on the inside. I would also fill the void between the deck
and the headliner
, around each hole, to make the whole headliner like a big backing plate.
I did this when installing line organizers.
But, As I am only coastal sailing, is that overkill?
I do have a dodger
"protecting" the hatch
as well, and I think the likelyhood of teh hatch and rails being ripped off is quite slim, even with 4200 sealant
and 10 small scews!
As well, the rails are aluminum
, and even if it was through-bolted down, I guess a big enough wave, catching the hatch, could bend up the aluminum
you can just see the portside rail in this pic: