Re: hoep hihs a is slouti

Posted by CLC on Apr 10, 2005

If you're using the wooden "hatch dog" system for your flush hatch covers, a little twist in the hatch will have no effect whatsoever on the seal, and it has nothing to do with the thickness of the gasket material or whatever. As the little tabs are closed on the hatch, the hatch will be forced to the shape of opening. End of story, although I understand and sympathize with the impulse to make them perfect when not on the boat.

The same is true of the traditional non-flush hatch covers. In the abstract, one frets about a twisted hatch cover: they look funny sitting there on the workbench. But in reality the hold-down straps exert a lot of force and simply squash the hatch cover down onto the deck. No twist then. There are a number of hatch covers in our display fleet like that. If you can make it to one of our upcoming demos, take a few minutes to remove the hatches and eyeball them. There are numerous examples that have a little...character when not fastened down.

In Response to: Re: hope this is a slouti by ray on Apr 10, 2005