Posted by: livingaboardspellbound | September 11, 2013

Companionway doors= no more sailboat tetris!

Remember that game of sailboat tetris I talked about in an earlier post? Well, thanks to my creative and capable hubby, we no longer have to play that game to get in and out of the cabins of the boat.
When we went to the boat show this year in St. Pete, we saw a booth selling companionway doors. Now this was not the first time I had ever seen them but it renewed my desire to have them on my boat. The problem with that is they are extremely expensive and I need two sets, so the idea was put on a shelf for a later time.
Since I have been away in California hubby has been working on outfitting the boat for our departure to Roatan in November. I will be chronicling his projects here to show what he has accomplished.
One of his recent projects were creating a pattern for companionway doors and then executing that pattern. We knew wee wanted to be able to change out the windows in the doors and be able to slide screens in their place. We decided that we would make them out of star board instead of wood for strength and less maintenance.

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Using a square ruler to measure the angles of the companionway opening he then transferred those measurements to the starboard and cut it out. He then cut narrow strips for the edges.

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Next step was to measure and cut out the window in the door

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These door panels are made of two panels of star board combined. This allows a space to be created for the window/screen to slide in and out. The hinges and screws are made of stainless steel and the screw heads are covered with white caps for decorative purposes. We had to order the acrylic for the windows, but here is a shot of the doors in place with solid inserts.

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They are almost finished and he is enjoying not having to pull those hatch doors in and out. 🙂

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