W28. wooden main hatch turtle cover

  • August 26, 2022 1:10 PM
    Message # 12897576

    Ahoy maties - has anyone taken one of these apart to refurbish it?  I just sold my boat and the new owner somehow managed to cave in the cover?  I would like to offer some advice but I have no idea how these sliding hatch covers were originally constructed.  Thanks. Trevor

  • August 27, 2022 5:10 PM
    Reply # 12898487 on 12897576

    Hi Trevor , yes I took mine apart because the compound in-between the teak slats failed and let water get in . And that rotted the plywood base that it is built on . 

    IIRC First I took it off the boat , then I removed the cross piece and took off the slats , then I made a new plywood base . Just recently I re-did the compound , I used  SIS 440 Teak Deck Caulking compound and also used a blocker tape on the bottom of the groves .

    Mark .

  • August 27, 2022 10:09 PM
    Reply # 12898567 on 12897576


    I did the exact same repair as Mark explained with one difference.  I put a heavy coat of epoxy on the plywood base before I reinstalled the teak slats.  I wanted to make sure the plywood would not fail again in my lifetime!


    "Starwhite" W28

  • September 04, 2022 12:05 PM
    Reply # 12906466 on 12897576

    Hmmm ... thanks Mark and Kevin.  To refurb, is it necessary to remove the whole shebang including the trim that runs aft to the compnionway?  

  • September 04, 2022 5:51 PM
    Reply # 12906797 on 12897576

    As I recall on the factory finished boats the long outside pieces that run fore and aft are continuous all the way to the back end of the cabintop.  The plywood base of the seahood was fit into a routed section of those side pieces, then the teak strips were applied.

    So yes, it is necessary to remove the entire thing.