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Wood hatch cover for dry storage/floatation chamber

Discussion in 'Strippers, Stitch-n-Glue, and Other Wood Composite' started by Rob Learmont, May 12, 2019.

  1. Rob Learmont

    Rob Learmont Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I am currently building my first cedar strip boat, a 17' Northwest Cruiser and am trying to think ahead. I am currently sanding the outer hull getting ready for the fiberglass.
    I plan on installing bulkheads in the bow and stern to use as dry storage/floatation chambers. I have seen several pictures of the round plastic hatch covers. While this concept is what I am looking for, I really don't want to add plastic anything to my wooden creation.
    I was curious as to anyone else that made or purchased watertight wooden hatch covers.
    I am a decent woodworker and a creative builder so I'm sure I will eventually figure it out, but don't want to waste time reinventing the wheel if anyone has already come up with a solution.
     

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  2. Jim Dodd

    Jim Dodd LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Just a few thoughts ! Beings this is a tandem, be sure to consider leg room for a bow paddler. If your chamber is very big, it could hinder the bow paddler
    I would try and make the hatch as flush as possible, and the cover attached, so I didn't loose it going down the road !
    Maybe check this Kayak building sites.
    http://www.kayakforum.com/KBBS/

    I'm totally all for flotation chambers !

    Jim
     
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    Rob Learmont

    Rob Learmont Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks Jim

    The bow paddler leg room shouldn't be an issue. Right now the only plan for the bow seat will be me sitting in it facing back while soloing.
    The only tandom will be when my wife joins me and she doesn't paddle, she sits in the bow seat facing back on the reclining seat back, doing her best Cleoptra impression! I will have to say I enjoy our canoeing arrangement as I enjoy the face to face time and doing all of the paddle work myself, more than the view of her back.
    The vast majority of our time is spent casually cruising on small lakes and the occasional lazy river cruise.
     
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  4. Jim Dodd

    Jim Dodd LOVES Wooden Canoes

    That's a good arrangement !
    Yes, I do all the paddling also ! I don't like BOSSING her around, and neither does she !

    Jim
     
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