Companionway Doors - Hinged & Removable

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  1. mpearson

    mpearson Mark Pearson Staff Member

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    I’ve been slowly working on this in the background while doing other projects.

    I made them out of teak with tongue & groove joints. Also epoxied and screwed for reinforcement. I also replaced the little hasp which could have been popped open with a screwdriver. The new one is a beefy German stainless steel thing that would need to be hit with a grinder to break it. The screws on the hinges are Torq Security screws which need a special bit to unscrew.

    I'm just finishing the Cetol that the rest of the wood is slathered with

    Jim Ball & others had posted photos of doors they constructed - thanks for the inspiration!

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    You can lift the hinges out and remove the doors really easily.

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    In case anyone is considering this, here are the stainless hinges I used:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HWY1699/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Here is the stainless hasp I used:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004C47L8E/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Here are the security screws for the hinges:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SFZ0P3Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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    rickdowe2 Richard Dowe

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    Nice work Mark. I too have pictures stored up to do the same.
     
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    A fine addition reaffirming a fine vessel. Great job.
     
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    jimcleary James M. Cleary

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    OK, OK, now I officially have teak envy!!! Beautiful construct.

    Jim
     
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    dave_a Dave Ahlers

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    Really true Jim! All that nice shiny teak, and that impressive shiny propeller.
    I'd put that prop on my dining room table for holiday dinner.
     
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    mpearson Mark Pearson Staff Member

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    Awww, thanks guys! I really am a hack when it comes to woodwork. I consider it a victory that I didn't saw any of my fingers off.

    The other nice shiny thing on Zia now is her fuel tank. I just spent 2 days mucking out 36 years of sediment, goop and poop. Now there is nothing bigger than 10 microns in there. I'm gonna do a separate thread in the next few days with photos, etc. I used a little endoscopic camera with a light on it and it worked great.

    Cheers!
     
  7. maluhia

    maluhia Jim Ball

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    There are many pics on the archive Maluhia site. If you are building new companion way doors, I would think about adding Lexan panels for light and view of the cockpit from the cabin.

    Jim
     

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    jimcleary James M. Cleary

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    How far forward were you able to reach into the tank?

    Jim
     
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    mpearson Mark Pearson Staff Member

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    I’m going to do some measurements this weekend but it was approximately 36”. I’m going to look closer with my camera, but I don’t think I have baffles. Do you have baffles, Jim Cleary?

    Thanks Jim Ball, that was one of the photos that inspired me. Yes, windows have a lot of appeal, and I think they look better, but I ended up deciding not to put them in. I’m avoiding thinking about it too much so that I don’t have regrets. ;)
     
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    jimcleary James M. Cleary

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    When I attempted to clean out the tank and polish the fuel I didn't have a camera or a flexible reacher. Working through the fuel gauge opening I was only able to go a very short distance forward. The aft end of the tank I could reach but not see. Cleaning was done with a rag securely taped to the end of a 3/8" wooden dowel. If there are baffles in the tank I couldn't see them or feel them. My results yielded no water but a considerable amount of blackish crud which could have been anything. No solid pieces of anything came out. That cleaning was done about 3 years ago after a rather rough sail churned up what was in the tank and clogged up a couple of sets of filters. Been running fine since. I was hoping that you were able to use the camera to inspect and clean the forward end of the tank.

    Jim
     
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    rickdowe2 Richard Dowe

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    When I cleaned out my tank I was able to put a mirror inside, the baffles are on the top of the tank hanging down.
     
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    jimcleary James M. Cleary

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    How many baffles are there and how far down do they go?

    Jim
     
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    rickdowe2 Richard Dowe

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    Hi Jim, I did take pictures but deleted them☹️. If I remember there were 2 and were about 2” from the bottom.
     

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