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Securing the forehatch for heavy weather sailing

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What is the issue?
The fore deck of the vessel can take a pounding in heavy weather conditions. If the forehatch latch were to fail a quantity of greenwater would go down below deck very quickly.

Why address this?
Although the position is highly recoverable a lot of damage could be done in the short term should the hatch become uncovered in a seaway.

How to address this?
Add a strong back arrangement to the forehatch as presented in figure 1 so that it may be doubly secured in heavy weather conditions.

A long and sturdy strong back may be used as a security device if a drill hole is made at the end of the secure bolt to enable a pad lock as presented in figure 2. With this arrangement in place it should not be possible for anyone to climb in the forehatch. Thus the hatch may be left propped open and venting the vessel whilst unattended in less trustworthy places for short periods.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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