With the deck stripped out in the rough, the next step is cutting out the holes for the hatches and making the recesses. But first I had to liberate the hatch coamings from the remains of the last deck. I epoxied them in so it was not just a matter of releasing bolts. I initially tried removing the wooden risers by using my electric planer and then a router table. Both were proving inadequate and even dangerous to the rims themselves - rotating blades can make quick work of the plastic edges and possible ruining the seal. I decided to try a heat gun to break down the epoxy. I was skeptical at first and my method was not working well, Plus the heat was proving too much for the plastic. I found that applying a LOT of heat to the back of the plywood would actually break down the adhesion and with no affect on the plastic. Badda Boom Badda Bing - the three rings broke free with little to no problem. I was a very happy camper!!!
|What I had to contend with!!|
I started with the front hatch. I simply marked and cut out the hole. I made the baseplate for the hatch out of 4mm marine ply. Then I started filling in the recess with vertical strips.
|Getting ready for strips.|
|Almost all the way 'round.|
I decided to join the compass recess with the hatch for better drainage - and it looks cooler!!
I am a very empirical builder, i.e., I like to lay things out in "real life" rather than rely on theoretical measurements and such . I've always been this way and I doubt I'll ever change. Anyways, when setting up for the compass, I used the empirical method as per usual. Sanding block emulated the proper angle, the compass bezel was used and I place two strips on either side to determine the spacing.
Based on these findings, I marked and cut the opening for the compass recess.
|Let's hope this will work!!|
I cut a baseplate for the compass out of 4mm ply and tacked it in place.
|Baseplate tacked in place.|
|Compass laid in place.|
I then continued to fill in the remaining vertical strips on the hatch coaming and worked my way into the compass recess. Easy peasy!
|Hatch and compass recess "in the rough"|
With the front hatch/compass recesses done, I moved on back to the day hatch. I decided to go with a bevelled recess for the rear hatches. I am hoping this will allow water to drain easier (The front hatch did not need this as there is "built-in" drainage off to either side)
As with the front, I marked and cut the hole and started filling in the vertical strips but this time cutting and gluing them at an angle. Surprisingly, cutting and fitting the bevelled strips took no more time than with the simple vertical ones on the front. Once I did a few, I had the procedure down to a science and it went very quickly - no more than an hour on the the day hatch.
|1/4 way through the vertical strips.|
|Bevelled recess "in the rough"|
The back hatch took a little more nerve to mark and cut. This is a pretty big hatch and the deck is not very wide at this spot. I had to tuck it up pretty close to the day hatch (remember there is a bulkhead between these two hatches) and it comes pretty close to either side of the deck.
I marked it and said to myself, "Shag it, let's get cuttin'" The cut went very smoothly as did the marking and cutting of the plywood baseplate. I tacked it in place and proceeded to fill it in with vertical strips as per the day hatch. It took no more than 1.5 hours to complete this recess.
|Cut and waiting.|
|Not finished but hatches laid in place just to see how it all will look.|
I've since finished the back hatch but I do not have a picture. Still, based on the image above, you can get a good idea of the final product.
The tops of the strips will need to trimmed/sanded and when the edges are rounded down, these recesses will just flow into the deck around them. Should look good when finished.
Next step - Maroske deck fittings.
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