My New Hatch Cover #3: Getting it Done and Installed

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 06-14-2013 02:02 AM 3000 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My spring shop project is supposed to be a set of marquetry panels of Friendship under sail for the upper doors of my desk. However I’ve had a couple of repair / renos on the real thing interrupt me, this hatch cover being one of them. Well I’m here today to tell you that it’s done and I’m getting back to the marquetry.

Here’s the final bit of work on the hatch.

First photo is the old broken hatch with the hundred mile an hour tape holding it together. I’ve removed it from the boat for a trip to the shop and covered the gaping hole with my boom awning against any rain that may come along.

Second photo is back in the shop with the new top glued on (epoxy).

Next up, the edges get new strips to cover the edge grain of the new lid.

All set to install. A couple of coats of epoxy and a couple of exterior Varathane for UV resistance.

Of course you can’t just throw away the acrylic. This little screen will keep the wind out of my face when I’m motoring in bad weather from my spot inside. I can sit on the engine cover with my back against the doors and steer with ropes. The only part of me outside then is the top half of my head. If often thought of a wind screen like this. Now I have one.

Here it is finally installed and ready to go. Now the only thing stopping me from getting back to the marquetry of the boat is the replacement of the bad marquetry I did on the boat (cabin doors.) Good news is that I’ve finished that too. Bad news is that since I started it in another blog, I’ll have to finish it there too.

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 02:21 AM

I wish I was with you but as luck has it I am in Oklahoma helping family and the storm victims I could use some sunshine.

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#2 posted 06-14-2013 02:22 AM

That’s a beauty !!! Excellent work.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#3 posted 06-14-2013 02:46 AM

Man you do such marvelous work! Obviously you’ve done epoxycoopers caulding and varathane coating professionally. I’ve never witnessed such fine shipwright work in person. Here’s to ya! Here Here.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#4 posted 06-14-2013 02:50 AM

Its beautiful…nice job.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#5 posted 06-14-2013 03:08 AM

yes paul its a true pleasure to see your work, i don’t mean to embarrass you at all, but you’re one talented man, and you have given some beautiful works here to display and were honored to see such marvelous work paul, god bless you and your family, enjoy this season of boating, ill always think of you and friendship when i see the waters…

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

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#6 posted 06-14-2013 03:48 AM

COOL boat COOL work…

Thank you.

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

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#7 posted 06-14-2013 09:23 AM

Beautiful work and results on your hatch cover Paul. I hope you have a wonderful time sailing this summer. The finish looks beautiful too. I turned some stave birdhouses for family members quite a few years ago and I used the same finish, epoxy and varathane for sun protection. They are mounted outside and the finish has held up remarkably well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 06-14-2013 11:40 AM

You seem to have a knack for building boats.
Have you ever thought of doing this professionally?

What an honor it is watching you think and work. Thanks.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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

Looks like your turning that boat into a ship!

-- I never finish anyth

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#10 posted 06-14-2013 02:22 PM

Great looking work. I think that the epoxy is getting a little too close to that fiberglass tree that you try to avoid, but it will last a few decades. Thanks for letting us watch. Now all we need is a youtube of you at sea.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#11 posted 06-14-2013 03:10 PM

Gary, check out my project post of Friendship. (My first project post on LJ)
There are a couple of videos linked there.

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

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#12 posted 06-14-2013 05:10 PM

Great job, Paul.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 06-14-2013 06:23 PM

Every time I look at Friendship and watch the videos of her, I get a little green, but in a very good way. You
have built a wonderful boat and earned all the enjoyment you get from her. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 06-15-2013 01:05 AM

The hatch cover turned out as expected: perfect!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 06-15-2013 01:17 AM

great re-build paul

and the wind screen dodger will be a big help
on those days you need it
is it going to be removable
or set fixed

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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