Category: Deck Hardware

Deck Hatches!

For years I have been cursing the pieces of plywood covering the deck hatch openings. Besides being a trip-hazard, they still manage to let in a bit of moisture and cold air during the winter. But, no more. Two proper…

Forward Portlights Bedded and Sealed

After a bit of trial and error, trying to find the best method of installation, the Newfound Metals portlights have been installed and sealed in the forward salon. While the installation videos on the NFM website well produced and informative,…

Forward Portlights Dryfitted

After cutting, fitting, epoxying and trimming the one inch coosa board spacers last week, I have been able to dry fit some of the portlights. These are the six lights in the forward salon, three each side. Most Westsail 42s…

Bow Pulpit Platform Test Fit

The bow pulpit platform, just tack welded together for now, is on the boat. The aft bracket mounting holes matched with those of the cap rail, and the rig fitting plates align with the center line. The toughest part of…

Upper Chain Locker is In

Once thought as one of the first items to be framed in, ends up being one of the the last. Finish work can now proceed in the v-berth. A recap of the design: there are two chain lockers. One “upper”…

Aft Deck Cleats Are In!

Installed similarly as the forward deck cleats: secured to a threaded aluminum backing plate gooped to the underside of the deck. The bulwarks here are not as high, so the cleats must go flat on deck. Still, they are not…

Aft Hawsepipes are IN!

Well, that took longer than expected. And not necessarily due to weather. For you non-boaties out there, “hawsepipes” are deck fittings that allow things like a dock line or anchor rode to pass-thru the hull of a boat. On a…

Fuel Fill Plumbing is IN!

The fuel fill plumbing is in. Well dry-fitted at least. This is the plumbing that leads from the deck fill to the main fuel tanks As there are three tanks, a manifold is required to distribute the main input to…