Companionway (2)

The boat will have two opening doors rather than drop boards. I made the mock-ups by cutting the drop board patterns vertically. The doors will be fastened with lift-off/take-apart hinges, so they are easily attached and removed if required. I will find a way to keep the weather from getting through the vertical gap between the panels. The cleats for the halyards, etc. may have to move forward by a few inches, or a bit to starboard, so that they are clear of the open doors.

While the epoxy of the first ‘filler’-coat was curing, I made some of the timber bits for the sea-hood. The strangely shaped piece of Tasmanian Oak is the doubler/reinforcement necessary for a removable tabernacle – this piece is actually symmetrical in real life.

The hardwood block, which is glued to the transom skirt and trim, will be used to secure the ratchet block of the mainsheet. The idea is that the mainsheet runs from the becket of a block at the boom down to a single block on the bridle and then up and through the block at the boom. From there the sheet will run down to the centre of the transom to the ratchet block and into the cockpit. This arrangement will give a 3:1 advantage and 2/3 of the load will be carried by the bridle. The main part of the cockpit will be free of any obstructions …

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