Main hatches reinforced

Main hatch reinforcing ribs
Main hatch reinforcing ribs

Mike and Scott met at Matt’s to mix up some glue and get the main hatches reinforced.  September is proving to be horribly rainy and we’ve had a few close calls on our maiden voyages with folks nearly stepping through the 1/4″ ply.  We considered 1/2-round hemlock and the triangular strips called for in the plans, but — after a butt crack test — ended up (ha!) going with the nearly square ripped 1×2 mahogany.  It seems stiffer than the hemlock and will introduce less of a color contrast (or staining-matching headache).

We puzzled a bit over the rib spacing.  The plans call for 6″, but that seemed to leave too much space at the hatch ends.  With moderate trepidation, we ended up going with ~6.5″ which is close to the separation of the mounts on the SS handles that Thomas acquired to serve as hinges…

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