Aspettami gets a butterfly hatch

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Project by Deckerpair posted 06-18-2013 03:25 PM 5510 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The 1982 Bayfield 25 sailboat that I have been rebuilding for the last year, originaly had a old and damaged acrylic hatch on the foredeck with a broken solar vent on it. sence I love traditional boats (mostly wooden) I desided to remove the old and design a custom Butterfly hatch to fit the existing opening. A butterfly hatch has two doors that open from the center like a wings. The design I created has rounded corners on the frame to ovoid edges that catch toes and built in gutters under the hinges to guide any water that comes in through them back out to the deck. The design has two frames, one internal frame or insert frame which insets into the fiberglass cabin roof, leaving a nice 2” mahogany lip standing above the deck. Then the actual external unit slides down over this with a neaprene seal on the bottom and is pulled down tight on the inside by two adjustable hatch latches.
The doors have 1/4” acrylic panels and raised stainless steel bars. On the inside there is a removable mahogany framed screen to allow access for opening yet stop insects from intering. More pictures of the build can be found at I also have my plans in a pdf formatt.

-- The fair wind blows just as well whether the sailor sleeps or is awake. Keith, Highlands Texas,

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 03:49 PM

Beautiful piece of work!

-- Jim, Ca,

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#2 posted 06-18-2013 03:53 PM

Again ,you do very nice work. I just looked at your re-fit photos and I have to say you really need to get a wooden boat. :-)

If my Italian serves me I think her name translates as “Wait for me” but I may be wrong. Do you know?

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

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#3 posted 06-18-2013 04:06 PM


Yes Aspettami is Italian for “Wait for me”. My wife and I decided on this name because the Bayfields are well known for being slow but vary seaworthy sailboats.

-- The fair wind blows just as well whether the sailor sleeps or is awake. Keith, Highlands Texas,

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