Re: Companionway Hatch & Liferafts

kimberlite1212 <no_reply@...>

thanks for the bolt idea.

with respect to life rafts.
i was concerned about water getting into the locker and rotting the
I made a grid of 2x4 in the bottom of the locker to keep all the
emergency stuff hi and dry.
fair winds,

--- In, "John Martin"
<jjmartin24@h...> wrote:
To Eric on Kimberlite - To make your companionway door "quick
opening and closing", screw a sliding barrel bolt under the 2x4
board on top of the hatch. Place the receiving end on the
bulkhead. If you grind off the locking part of the bolt it makes it
easier to slide the bolt in place. You really don't need to the
lock the sliding bolt as you're only using it to hold the hatch up.

On liferafts - when the previous owner of my boat had the life
raft serviced they put the lifting handle on the opposite end of the
pull ring of the raft, thus the pull ring end sat on the locker
floor. Consequently in one year with a little moisture in the
bottom of the locker the entire aluminum pull ring had
disintegrated, and the moisture had ruined the cannister inside. I
had the unit serviced and the lifting handle put on the same UP side
as the pull ring. I also put a heavy duty rubber mat (like a front
door mat) in the bottom of the locker so the raft would not sit
directly on any water that might be on the bottom of the locker. I
now also open the locker now and then on a hot day to air the
compartment out.

Also on liferafts - I was on Vito's "Wanderer" (AMS 283) the other
day and he was showing me his new vacuum packed 6-man raft. It only
needs to be serviced every 5 years and it is so light that one man
can pick it up. Perfect for the Amel owner with deep pockets !


John Martin
SM 248 "Moon Dog"

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