According to Chinese Philosophy, Wood is one of the five cardinal elements. by Wu Xing, each element (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water) all mirror the structure of the cosmos and all interact with each other in Expansive, Destructive, or Exhaustive ways.
While Wood is generally considered one of the “growth” elements, it seems I am dealing with it on the exhaustive side of it’s aspect. On flirt all of the wood was rotted. From the coamings to the hatches, and even the small bits of trim. All if it had seen better days over the past 50+ years. It is a shame, but even on a glassfibre boat, one must consider upkeep on a yearly, monthly, weekly, and sometimes daily basis.
As one can see, the companionway hatch on Flirt is particularly bad. While it held out the weather (barely) I would not want to step on it. From the one time I put some of my bodyweight on it, I could feel and hear that it would give way at any time. Part of the plans for Flirt are to use her for a week or two at a time as work and time allow. This requires that I make her as self sufficient as possible. I am doing this through three aspects.. Efficienc: By replacing any and all of her navigation and interior lights with LEDs, I can drop her needed amp hours by many fold over the incandescent fixtures she already has. Storage: Flirt will be getting two high amp hour batteries to power her and my needs. Regeneration: I will be building a solar array into the top of her companionway hatch.
This will allow me to regenerate her power while sitting at the dock or underway as long as the sun is even partially out. Solar has come a long way in a short time and I intend to make the most of it while keeping it as inoffensive as possible. This is why it will be built into the hatch instead of hung from a rail