Sealing the companionway hatches from water dripping in was one of the last of the Leaky projects and it took us several months before we could get to them.
Before we got to this project, to keep the rain out between showers we had a temporary solution or “Band-Aide”. Actually it was like a band-aide, a friend suggested using the clear-carpet protection sheets, the kind you’d see in new homes to protect the carpet. It also works on leaky hatches, adhering to the wood while keeping out the rain.
One reason for the long wait was we weren’t sure what to do. We had many dinner discussions about fixing these leaks (conversations aboard Trini are fascinating).
– “Let’s buy new hatches!” (Nope, too expensive.)
– “Put black caulk between the cracks in the wood?” (Tried it and it didn’t work.)
– “Sand, epoxy, fiber glass & paint them.” (It’s cheap, we have the material and the muscle -a.k.a. The Captain- to do the work…Now your talking.)
This is what Captain Kelly did.
1. Sanded the hatches.
2. Filled a little tray with Wesr System and rolled over hatched.
By the way, we go through a lot of plastic trays with these epoxy projects. Instead of purchasing plastic trays, we recycle plastic trays from produce or other odds and ends from the pantry. I saved the blue tray that was filled with mushrooms.
3. Capt. measures out the fiber glass cloth over the hatch.
4. Rolls an even coat of epoxy over the hatch then lays down the cloth.
5. He smooths the cloth and rolls on more epoxy.
6. Once dried its ready to be painted.
Finished! He happened to sand and varnish (about 7 coats) the frame and hatch door too.
Happy to report the leak proofing worked and the Capt. has a dry and happy boat wife.