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Date Posted: - Thursday - 02/ 9/12 - 9:42am
Author: Randall, Murre, M31
Subject: Cuddy (i.e. small dodger) over the companionway hatch

My passage from Bora Bora to Hawaii a few months ago was on the wind and wet the first few days out, and I found that heavy water over the bow often figured out how to run all the way aft across the coach roof and into the boat via the companionway hatch, even when the hatch was closed. Pretty miserable.

My solution, given I was on a small island without marine shops, etc., was a "cuddy" over the hatch with a small dodger sized for one person.

Not the sexiest thing ever invented, but hopefully will keep water away from the GPS and radio...and me.

For those interested, I detailed with pictures some of the design elements here: http://murreandthepacific.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/what-happened-next/. Scroll to bottom of post.

Fair winds,


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[> Nice Job -- Paul M31 #106 NJ, - Sunday - 02/12/12 - 1:03pm

Nice job Randall... great trip report too. That is quite an undertaking you took on... Nice to know this boat is capable of making such a trip.

What is not clear (to me) is wether you are doing all or some of this solo?

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[> Beat up -- Paul M31 #106 NJ, - Sunday - 02/12/12 - 2:38pm

Looking at the pictures it is amazing how much abuse the bright work, stainless and even the topsides took, I guess from water, salt and sun.

Were you at all surprised of the extent of failure of the finishes?

If you dont mind being asked, what brand varnish did you apply on the brightwork, what method and how many coats?

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[> Brightwork neglect, and yes, sailing solo -- Randall, - Monday - 02/13/12 - 1:09pm

Hey Paul,

Thanks for the compliment. It feels more an undertaking some days than others, more now as I contemplate the next leap into the north Pacific. Yes, this is a solo cruise.

Don't blame the brightwork finishes I used as they are failing more from my neglect than anything. I should have put on a fresh coat in San Francisco before I left in Oct 2010, but ran out of time, and thought, "next port of call I'll do that job", which is what I've been thinking ever since.

All exterior "varnish" is Cetol, which I use more because it's easy than beautiful, and it was already a year old when I departed home. Four coats of Cetol light and one or two of their clear coat on top of that. No sanding between coats, etc. It is a good finish, but like all finishes, it does require care.

I have been a little surprised at how the stainless wears, though. The monitor, for example, now looks ancient and rust covered, even though I buffed it before the crossing up from Bora Bora.

War wounds, I guess.

Take care,


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[> Envy -- Paul M31 #106 NJ, - Tuesday - 02/14/12 - 8:32am

What a wonderful experience this must be. Wish I had the luxury of affording to take the time off from work to do something similar while my body still allows me to do so. This morning it took my back about an hour to stop sending twitching and cramping signals down my leg and I wondered if I would ever take on a trip like you are on, knowing that this could happen, or worse, while at sea.

From what I have read, it seems you have not (yet) encountered real stormy conditions, other than brisk winds and/or heavy downpours. On the one end I wish you did, so you could write about the experience, but on the other end I hope you don't and arrive back here safe and sound.

It will be quite a change - once you are back - to re-settle for day trips and the occasional coastal venture. I remember when I had my small daysailer it was always an adjustment to go back to the lake after spending a week on the Chesapeake,,,

Best of luck to you, Randall, and thatnks so much for letting us travel along in spirit.

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