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Hello Ann and Nev,
No problem, sail south!
Hi Ann and Neville,
Your solution for the hatches is excellent! One question though: Are the hatches secured in some way, and how? I mean if you take the cover away, can it not fall over board?
In the hulls, we have two kinds of hatches. The first kind is the style that goes over the ladders into and out of the hulls. The back edge of these hatches has a sail slide arrangement onto two sail tracks and this works well. We made metal fastenings here so there is security but the design has rope fastenings which a knife can cut through. At the front edge of these companionway hatches we have the bungee fastenings that are in the plans to keep the forward edge of the hatch from flipping up suddenly in strong wind. It works for us. For security when away from the boat, we have two rings which we set into the deck and we have a stainless bar that goes over them and locks in place. I believe there are several detail photos of this arrangement on our page which Cliffton Thompson put there for us. We have no camera.
The second style of hatch we have, is the pair of hatches we designed identical to the other style but over the settee and there is no slide arrangement. We have a pair of cleats for each of these hatches and a ring with a string on the inside. When the hatches are open, we prop them with a block of wood and fasten the string firmly to the cleats on the inside coaming. Again, somebody has photos of this and maybe it is on our page. This system works just fine and is cheap and fast to make. By turning the block on edge or on the side, you can add or subtract the windage getting into the galley.
We also feared the loss of a hatch while offshore, so we built an extra hatch that can fit any of the hatch openings. We have never needed it though.