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A hatch made in heaven

Thing are continuing nicely now that it only seems to rain at night. Today I not only got more work done on the foredeck ring, but I scored another wooden hatch on eBay for the lazerette.

This one is actually older than Flirt, coming from the bow of a 1950’s Ski boat. Completely restored and looking beautiful, I grabbed it for just under $200 and as it is only about 65 miles from me, it should be here shortly.

Of course some changes will have to be made. The hardware will have to be converted over to Bronze and I need a way to secure it from outside the boat, but those are minor issues compared to the hole that already exists in Flirt’s Lazerette.

With the hatch measuring 20×22 inches, I had to make the hole longer and then fill it in some to make it more narrow.

Overall, a good days work considering I also finished sanding out the lazerette and as a bonus, have a some pictures of the Chris-Craft hatch on flirt. It’s not secured in place yet, I needed to buy over 27(!?) #8 bronze 1 inch screws to secure it, but the day is coming!

And just for shits and giggles, the “new” Chris-Craft hatch next to what passed for Flirt’s original painted plywood and badly rotten hatch.

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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