While shooting the deck the wrong amount of initiator was grabbed. By the time it was noticed, the damage was done. Parts of the deck couldn't cure and there was no way to tell how bad the troubles would be. So, to keep the poor thing out of circulation, we chopped it up.
This'll put a crimp in the old timeline.. Ouch!
Actually yesterday was a rough day all around for Left Coast. I managed to hit the neighbor's steel building at about Warp 10 with my quadcopter.
ON a lighter note.. Yes I"m sure we can work out a porta-potty solution for you if you'd like. And the address for the people that made up Mark's "race cushions" is on our website.
I'm now dyin' to know. What color were you thinking about?
Ogopogo has no forehatch. The only Dart with a forehatch is "Trim" HawaiiDart's machine. And that' just a tiny thing for air circulation. As far as I know everyone's using the companionway hatch or a turtle.
I don't mind the tire kicking at all. Seriously, the boat economy has been so dry that even a passing glance in our direction is enough to get us exited for a week. And, to be fair, FamilySailor has done some major kicks to the tires. So I tend to pay attention to him.
The Dart hatch. Because of the lifting keel and associated crane, it would have been really tough to set up the Dart with the normal sliding hatch/drop boards companionway. What we did was to make the top removable but when in place it locks in place. It even has a gasket around the edge to seal things up . Typically you'd sail with it stowed below. If it starts getting dicey out you can lock it in, leaving the companionway door off. The companionway door slides up under the rear edge of the top. The entire door fits into a cutout on the back of the cabin bulkhead with a latch at the bottom to hold it in. Then there is the option of sailing with them both locked in.
Lifelines are the required 18", no through hulls 'cause apparently the speed/depth don't count. I'm not a big fan of hard mounted VHF. But the boat is set up for this kind of upgrade with power already run to the companionway & Port locker. There is plenty of room for storage. More than enough, but like BobJ said. Its going to weigh a fair amount.