3036Hrs – Never Forget The Job
This post covers yesterday as well because I didn’t have time to write last night.
Before I start though have a look at the short video below. It was shot aboard Bjorn’s Tiki 38 ‘Maughidhoo 3’. She’s sailing at 120˚ into a Force 7 at 7,5 / 8 knots.
Bjorn himself admits he was pushing the limits a bit however it’s interesting to contrast the stability of ‘Maughidoo’ with that of a monohull doing the same thing.
Anyway keep an eye on the starboard forward hatch towards the end of the video.
After years of building far from the sea, climbing up ladders to work ‘on top’ of the boat, all the time under cover and away from the worst of the weather, it’s very easy to forget the job your boat will have to do. Easy to forget the stresses and strains, the wind and the rain, the heat and the cold. Videos like Bjoerns are invaluable because they remind us builders to keep thinking ahead, to never forget the job.
So with that in mind the last two days have seen me pretty much finish the forward hatches. As I hinted, I changed my mind about using the ‘Griffiths’ design and opted instead for a simpler but just as affective alternative. Thanks to Dave Vinnecombe who posted this design on the Wharram Builders and Friends site some months back.
I’m really pleased with the way the hatches have turned out. The photo below shows the hardwood lip I added to the coamings.
I used the same stainless steel tube and mounting method I adopted for the main hatch sliders only this time I just made the hatch hinge and not slide.
Even without any seal I can’t see any daylight when the hatch is shut so I’m confident that with the addition of some neoprene seal and a positive lockdown method the forward cabins will stay dry even when sailing like Bjorn!
Next job on the list are some ‘dorade’ boxes for waterproof ventilation, more on those tomorrow.