1421Hrs- Planning a Hatch
I cracked on tonight and got the port side aft deck all nicely sanded with rounded edges. I also cut out the excess ply to make one half of the hatch opening. I’ve given quite a lot of thought to these hatches and I’ve decided to build a Maurice Griffiths type hatch over the port side locker, see how it turns out, and then decide what to do over the starboard side berth. These ‘Griffiths’ hatches are an old design but everything I’ve read indicates that they are hard to beat in terms of simple construction and effective operation. Basically they have a high inner coaming over which the hatch closes onto a lower outer coaming. If any water works it’s way through the outer one the inner one directs it down to drain away harmlessly through small scuppers. It will be an interesting exercise.