In its current
incarnation it’s a bifold door with sliding hatch
. Hinged on the left side, with a piano hinge joining the center.
My thought was to install a sliding barrel bolt type lock at top of centre to slide up into a hole in the leading edge of the hatch
and hold everything together reasonably snug. So far I think this would work
best, but I’m very open to ideas.
For a while after I converted it into a bifold it had a hasp and padlock at the centre top, where you can see the screw holes are, but this was always kind of crappy. It didn’t hold anything closed securely and the hasp was always jangling around.
In the old days when it was a double door it had a brass locking door knob at centre but this is now defunct with the bifold system.
Since I haven’t come across anything great so far, I’m wondering what neat locking solutions you folks have found?
As an experiment
I picked up this keyed barrel lock from Lee Valley Tools. This could actually work
, if it was larger and more nautical.
The LV one is nice in that it doesn’t rattle around. It is pretty tiny and I’m sure it’s not robust enough, but aside from that I don’t like the fact that it can lock without the key, with a simple push of the finger.
There is a safety
release mechanism on the back of this lock that could theoretically be poked with a screwdriver, by the person trapped inside the boat
, if I drilled a small hole through the door. This may or may not be physically practical though. At this point I’m holding out for a better solution.
I should mention, I’m not worried much about security
. The lock would just be there to keep out honest thieves.
The harbour has a way of attracting drunk people. For that matter it makes me feel like drinking too…
I’m not sure whether it’s the attraction of liquids, or just a simple gravitational formula, but random people tend to drift down there and get in trouble on empty boats and I wouldn’t want any strangers getting hurt on our boat
. Friends can if they want, I suppose…