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Well here is my very basic but simple hatch locking set up. You will all see it’s just a commonsense barrel bolt. I am using basic pvc as it will never corrode, but it would be so easy to reproduce with aluminum or stainless steel tubing with a solid fiberglass bolt.
So what you see here is it above the deck so you can see how it works.
The squiggly line represents the cored bulkhead below. So after the deck is secured in place you use a hole saw and drill out the hole to be able to slide the pvc pipe aft to the hatch gutter. Mark it there then drill out the gutter. Now just slide the pipe just into the gutter till flush on the inside.
inside the locker you now just radius a fillet around both ends on the gutter and the bulkhead. Now it’s water tight. Drill a hole in the hatch flange and fit a cap inside it with putty to fit the poicky end of the barrel bolt so it’s watertight on that end.
Once done it’s easy to to just reach under the deck and twist in to secure. You can have one on each side of the hatch but I would prefer just one in the middle. If no one reads this then no one will ever figure out how to open this skiffs hatch.
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Hatches and lockers.
You can see with this build I have taken the flats skiff design idea to new and different directions.
The only fastenings on deck will be the push pole holders, tower bolts, and bow tower bolt. So 6 screws, 6 bolts and 1 flush socket. Then the fastenings for the rubrail and the consoles hinges.
This skiff has the deepest hatch gutters, hatch flanges, hatch drains with no hoses that will drain no matter how far over the skiff tilts, the most storage ever by far, his and hers cabins for Glamping or for your significant other to be able to just hang out in out of the way, a hatch and lock system that is leak and fool prof. You can get to every corner of this simple build for maintenance.
There is nothing like building your own ideas into your personal skiff. Just look at each of the builds going on on this site, everyone’s different. It’s great.
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Haven't heard from Chris for a while, hope all is well.
Thanks for the concern. Well I do have another life other than building and getting dusty, that’s my design work. It’s not a huge living but it’s been keeping me busy. Lots of home builds going on all over the place and new design commissions to complete.
The Beryllium skiffs deck is going to be bonded in place in a few days and then it’s sanding the primer, finish coat painting her up and then rigging. Will be done mid May and then Rachel and I are off to drive across the states to where our sailboat is in Washington state. Will launch her there and sail about the San Juan islands till I can cross the boarder into Canada where my Wife will be waiting at our new home base. She’s Canadian so she can get across.
Things might change by then for me and our sailboat so we will see. Anyway it’s still a bit cold out there.
Today finds me deciding that this will be my last couple of photo posts here as this skiff is pretty much finished.
I won’t be on here anymore too. My time in this world is drawing to an end. I will continue to sell my designs and such but I won’t follow what’s going on on this site anymore.
Any of you all that want to continue to see my builds, designs and such just follow me on Instagram and on my 2 blogs [email protected] and chrismorejohn.blogspot.com
I will be writing way more on these sites and I promise none of these stinking pop up ads there.
Become a follower and then you will know when I post something.
At present Nathan and I have finished all the plans for the new Aluminum Boron with several builds starting.
the Turbot Plans are finished with several already started.
A few Slippery Dick skiffs are underway too along with all my other designs. All this stuff is on the above sites.

I want to thank Travis Smith for being the build guy here that got the CONCHFISH builds going on here. I also want to thank the others that are posting their current builds and those that finished, like Travis, Fritz and Seth Sawyer. Lots of other launches that are not here can be seen on my sites though.
And last to thank who ever owns this site for having me on here in my grumpyish and such times.
Thanks, stay safe
Oh yea here are a few things I'am working on between finishing the Beryllium.
A 12’3” dinghy, a Rough water Glades type skiff and a skiff design for a client.
I call this old school 5 axis CMC routing. The mirror trick is really old School.

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Last post,
She will have a Whisper Grey deck and a light Grey hull.
Adios....
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Chris your unselfishness and generosity for sharing your knowledge and time should be an example for everyone to follow if we want to live in a better world ! There are flakes on this site that write volumes about nothing but their own opinion and wouldn't even share what color fly to use when asked. Kudos to you for your kindness and generosity and may you be blessed with good health and a serene and tranquil life in BC.
 
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