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Adding ventilation and lighting to the washboards

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What is the issue?
When the washboards are in place they shut off the companion way ventilation. They also cut off any view that crew below decks have of their colleagues in the cockpit.

Why address this?
Lack of ventilation can be uncomfortable and make the boat go very stale below decks. Lack of light and the ability to glimpse crew in the cockpit can make crew anxious below decks particularly so in heavy weather sailing.

How to address this?
Cut a window in the topmost washboard and insert a vented window. Protect the aperture from rain and water splashes by adding two strips of Perspex in the stepped fashion presented in figure 1.
Please note once the strips of Perspex has been added, the top most washboard will no longer stow flat.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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