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Old 12-02-2015, 21:24   #16
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Re: Companionway woes.....

We have a three board set up with rabbit edges. The lower board has the higher part. The bottom edge has a piece of weather proofing on it as well as some angle. We like this arrangement as it seems to be sea friendly when underway we can just drop in two most of the time and still get some air below. I don't think this would be possible with doors, but would be open for an explanation on this if it is easy to do I might consider it. We had a 57 knot storm last month from the wrong direction and we didn't have any leaks. But mucking with the boards when we had to go out was a bit wet. A door probably would have been quicker and therefore drier.

To make the rabbit edge is very easy if you have a joiner or a router.



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Old 13-02-2015, 00:41   #17
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Re: Companionway woes.....

Guys, i'm on Snow Petrel's page.

Done right, even poor quality clear vinyl, with a couple of snap fasteners at the top, and a weight in the bottom to keep it down, will take care of the situation. Easily make at home. Can make fancy, or simple. Think of all the conditions in which you want to have the companionway keep wet out, first, then make the cover.


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Old 13-02-2015, 07:18   #18
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Re: Companionway woes.....

As I knew you would, the community has come through in spades and given me much to chew on. Based on all things considered, I think we will be going with a multi-part solution. She loves the idea of a tinted lexan single piece drop board, so that is part one. Part two involves having the sail loft put together an outer curtain of sorts for the companion way. For my own purposes, I will be experimenting with stripping for the drop boards.

I'll keep you posted. Thanks!

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