August 2016

making plugs With all the deck timber bonded and screwed in place it's time to plug those holes....

forward deck fixing holes plugged Holes plugged.

lifting the hatch out The moment of truth, cutting the hatch out through the deck timbers.

cutting the hatch Fortunately it worked reasonably well. Not too much damage was done to the hatch. Phew....
Although lifting the hatch out did prove a little tricky and some force was required.

the hatch exposed through the deck The hatch exposed.

the two hatched still joined on the bench I carefully lifted the hatch onto the bench because the two hatched are still linked by the kingplank. Damaging this, well.....

separating the two hatches Now to split the two hatches.

the two hatched still joined on the bench The two hatches installed.