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Project by SuperJoe posted 12-02-2021 03:01 PM 809 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When you have raised your kids while cruising on a sailboat it is no wonder that when they are able, they will want boats of their own. My daughter who literally learned to walk by holding onto the sides of the cockpit on one of my boats has now acquired her passage maker. As in any house you would purchase when you get a new boat there are always things you will want to change that make it your own. So is the story of this companionway. Originally there were 2 swing doors here with darkened Lexan panels to let in some light but still give a bit of privacy. Seemed a bit too fragile for open ocean sailing in my mind. The slots were already a part of the original build so it was only a matter of removing the doors and fabricating the slot boards. These were constructed from 5/4 Burmese Teak, planed to 1 1/8” for a snug fit. The end grain has been strengthened with ironbark keyed and glued to add wear resistance. Made in 2 pieces for ease in removal and also to allow just one to be used if added ventilation is required. The lower board shows the “waterstop” joint between them so if the cockpit fills the water simply won’t squirt through the gap. I also added the anchor inlay in purple heart for a true nautical feel. Eventually an opening port light will be added to the top board but that’s downstream somewhen.

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

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#1 posted 12-02-2021 08:24 PM

That’s some good looking Teak, You know I hate that stuff…You seem to work those hard difficult woods pretty good…
It looks like it’s been there all along…You know what you need and you get’ter done…Cool man…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 12-02-2021 08:41 PM

I don’t have any idea what you’re talking about, my boat experience is a rubber ducky race – but what I see looks pretty nice, the purple heart inlay is really neat

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 12-02-2021 08:42 PM

Sail on my friend. Looks terrific. My brother built a 3 masted schooner for Lake Erie and I forwarded your picture to him. He declared you an official salty dog. Congradulations and may the wind stay at your back.

-- Safetyman 16

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#4 posted 12-03-2021 02:31 AM

Nicely done Joe, looks like it was organial to the craft. May the wind carry you to your dreams.

-- Eric, building the dream

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