New Hatch Cover and Doors for Friendship.

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Project by shipwright posted 06-14-2013 10:58 PM 2859 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was rigging Friendship this year after her annual spring launching, I accidentally sat on the acrylic top of the sliding hatch. The acrylic wasn’t up to the stress. So I called the local plastics purveyor to inquire the price of a replacement bit of plexiglass. .... I wasn’t up to the stress.

Since the plastic top has always been a weak point and ….. well …. since it ’s plastic, I’ve never been completely in love with it anyway so I decided to replace it with a better looking one made of the real stuff. The replacement is completely covered in my blog on the topic so I won’t go into it here. Suffice to say, it is much stronger and I think, better looking into the bargain.

While I had the boom awning covering the hatch against the rain and as I’ve never been really happy with the job I originally did on them, I decided to replace the door panels as well ....... with marquetry, of course. Again, covered in a blog so I’ll just give a quick description of the photos.

#1 shows the new doors from the outside.

#2 same thing from the inside

#3 doors open with the new sliding hatch in the background.

#4 the new hatch cover, cold molded cedar with mahogany veneer over.

#5 shows the little removable windscreen I made out of some of the left over scraps of the old hatch cover.

#6 shows the way I set up the boat to run under power in bad weather (rain).

I discovered a couple of years ago that I could sit inside on the engine box and steer with a couple of lines to the wheel. I could close the doors behind me and lean back on them and slide the hatch right back to my chin. It was lovely sitting there on a nice warm engine cover in the pi##ng down rain but I always thought it would be nicer if I could keep the wind out of my face. I think this will work.

A note about the finish:
There was some urgency to get the boat secured so I didn’t do much finishing. The doors need a couple more coats of Varathane but will do for now. I will give the new mahogany some time in the sun to change to its final color and then fill the brad holes and do a proper finish.

Man it takes a long time to fix a simple piece of broken plastic!

Thanks for looking in


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 06-14-2013 11:03 PM

fantastic beautiful, im so glad to see you taking care of my boat…i just had a wonderful dream….dont burst it paul

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 06-14-2013 11:03 PM

Cool buddy!!

-- Patrice lejeune

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#3 posted 06-14-2013 11:09 PM

Time well spent I’d say.

Excellent work as always Paul.

-- - Terry

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#4 posted 06-15-2013 12:26 AM

The doors look fantastic…great wood choice to mark sea and sky and, of course, great marquetry.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#5 posted 06-15-2013 12:39 AM

Yes… Very COOL…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 06-15-2013 12:50 AM

Super result for your boat!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 06-15-2013 01:37 AM

Great job Paul. I’ve enjoyed your postings on this fix.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 06-15-2013 02:16 AM

Wow!...those doors and hatch cover….beautiful work Paul….

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 06-15-2013 03:30 AM

Ya know Paul, every time I see “friendship” I think of Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly sitting down the back of that boat singing True love, a sort of fitting theme song for your fabulous machine :: ))
happy sailing mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 06-15-2013 05:40 AM


It looks like you’ve got Friendship in top-notch condition . . . Nice addtion with the marquetry.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 06-15-2013 07:39 AM

It was nice to see the closeup pics in this post Paul so we can enjoy seeing your skillful work in better detail on the boat. Everything looks shipshape with the new hatch cover and screen. The Orcas inside the doors look great and Albatross on the outside looks just right. Quite an improvement in the colors and grain the outside compared with the first one.

The Albatross are beautiful graceful fliers and a great symbol of the sea, but they steel eggs from the nesting birds in the woods next to our house in early summer and they leave quite a mess on our wooden terrace and on the outside walls of our house and other buildings. This usually ends once the birds are hatched at end June, so no big deal, but a nuisance, especially when we are trying to paint outside. No direct hits so far!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 06-15-2013 11:00 AM

Masterfully done!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#13 posted 06-15-2013 12:43 PM

Very nice Paul. Just amazing work.

I can relate to how long things take to make. I have been working on making cabinets for the shop and bathrooms. Seemed like a quick project when I started a long time ago.

Take care,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 06-15-2013 01:02 PM

Wonderful work. What a vessel. I saw the Marquetry in an earlier post, but I did not realize the scale. It really is a breathtakingly beautiful set of doors. Seeing your craftsmanship makes me aspire to do greater things. Thanks for that.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#15 posted 06-15-2013 02:10 PM

Beautiful work for a beautiful boat. Congratulations, Paul.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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