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Old 26-01-2019, 10:29   #1
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Watertight companionway hatch

What do folks think 9f Susie Goodall''s watertight companionway hatch?

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It must be custom
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Old 26-01-2019, 10:48   #2
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Re: Watertight companionway hatch

Not an innovation, already in wide use for several years. Frequently seen on the custom ocean racers and custom long distance cruisers.
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Re: Watertight companionway hatch

Nice idea tho. Really like a DRY boat.
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Re: Watertight companionway hatch

I think it is a great idea. (I'll put that on the "Things to do" list)

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ay-157872.html
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Re: Watertight companionway hatch

Does it stay open if you want it to? What keeps the open hatch from slamming shut and shattering? Do lines get caught in it? Fingers? Would a sheet wrapped around it wrench it off? Are there screens for bugs? While such a hatch may be less expensive than other options, watertight is not the only criterion for a companionway hatch.
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Re: Watertight companionway hatch

Maybe a purpose built fiberglass hatch would be better option (with a small acrylic window to check on occupants of the cockpit) than a deck hatch.
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Re: Watertight companionway hatch

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Does it stay open if you want it to? What keeps the open hatch from slamming shut and shattering?



There's a small eye welded next to the handle with a piece of string to tie off the open hatch lid to the frame.

I don't think it has many issues not shared by other hatches.



Others have made versions that are built raised over the bridge deck
https://sailingdawntreader.com/2015/...-companionway/


Headroom in entering and exits would be my concern
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I think it is a great idea. (I'll put that on the "Things to do" list)

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ay-157872.html



Note this is a slightly different style, built over the bridgedeck
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