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Custom M17 Cabin Doors   Total Page Hits: 709

Post Type: Technical/Project

Boat Part: Cabin/Storage

Date Modified: 05/30/2016 11:50 AM

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These cabin doors were created with hand tools. The cuts were done carefully with a hand held Skill Saw, using a clamped on board as a guide. Some of the cuts are angled to ward off rain and spray. Again all by hand. Wood used in construction is 1/2 sheet of Okume marine plywood, finished with four coats of regular Cetol.

Larry explains; "The measurements must be exact to be able to open fully. The height of the horizontal cut between the bottom door and the top doors has to be right for the bottom door to be able to drop down without sticking out into the cockpit and the side doors to be able to open all the way without hitting the seats, since they swing at a somewhat downward angle, due to the shape of the companionway opening.

My design criteria were these: 1. The new doors must not restrict the size of the companionway opening. 2. Doors must open fully and flat against the bulkhead (hence the three door design). 3. Must be strong and weatherproof. 4. Must be able to be made from a single 1/2 sheet of plywood.

I did not use the lift off hinges I have seen on other cabin door designs because I had no desire to remove the doors and have to store them while sailing. That's why I wanted them to open all the way to the bulkhead, so I could secure them there (note elastic line that loops from hand rail over knob). If it gets nasty or rainy, I can simply swing them shut. They are also fine to lean against when open. I have been very happy with the design and function of these doors. I do a lot of cruising, spending many nights aboard and they have been a real pleasure to use. Much nicer than hatch boards."

Photos and Story by Larry Yake

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