We added hatches for access and storage while we could still get at the inside of the boat
Before the stringers, deck beams and hull sides go on was a good opportunity to add hatches to our Secret 20 build. These will allow access to the bilges -and let us seal up the plywood therein when we put the boat’s bottom on.
We recessed our 5 inspection hatches by cutting a plywood ring that means the surface of the hatch will sit at bunk level – no princess and the pea for whoever sleeps in the bunks on this boat!
We also cut a larger hatch in the bunk to allow access to the storage underneath – we’ll probably install the boat’s batteries in here.
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We took a trip to Brightlingsea to sail a Secret 20 while ours was in transit
PBO's Secret 20 kit-boat starts to look boat-shaped in short order
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