“Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.”
Do not get me wrong, I am all for being safe. We all know that the world’s oceans are always on the prowl to grab us when we are least suspecting so as to drag us down to the depths and return us from whence we came. When you time is up, it is up, but at least we can keep the little incidents from leading up to the big one.
As part of my refit, I want to add a real hatch to the lazarette. To do so, I needed to remove everything from the stern, clean it up, and even make some repairs. On removing the pushpit, I was both surprised and not to find that it was unbacked. It just used machine screws (at least they were stainless steel) of varying lengths through to small washers and nuts. No backing plates, no wood, not even a fender washer to be found. Knowing that I do now, I would not have secured the mast to it when I pulled Flirt down to Atlantic City.
That said, Flirt’s stern is looking better and better.
I will be replacing the pushpit with something more stylish (and better secured) along with moving the water tank (and it’s fill) from the very stern. Flirt will then get a nice hatch into the Lazarette so I can more readily access this space for storage and repair.