|Project by shipwright||posted 06-14-2013 10:58 PM||1866 views||1 time favorited||22 comments|
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 ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/