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07-26-2006, 07:51 AM
I am mocking-up the interior of my 32' sailboat. I am looking for references, tips, or suggestions about techniques for cutting the access panels in the sole, settees, v-berth etc. I would also appreciate tips for building and attaching the cleats, and suggestions for hardware to keep the panel in place in vertical applications.
07-26-2006, 08:28 AM
Use small sections of bronze angle below the sole so that the panels fit flush.....on the underside of the panel router out a small space for a flat metal plate....drill countersunk holes in the panel so as to flush fit 1/4 turn camlock fasteners....on the angle below the sole mount captive hardware....drop the panel in place, quarter turn with "T" handle...all is locked down.....hardware availablke from mcmaster-carr or several suppliers of aircraft parts...
07-27-2006, 11:17 AM
Chuck's answer is the best one.
Under the seats and behind the seat backs I just have a cut out in the ply with rounded corners - about 2" radius - and a couple of slats behind the panel at top and bottom to stop it falling through, with a wooden turnbutton - the whole issue is invisible when the cushion is there.
The cabin sole is in 9 panels each of which lifts clear, rather than having access hatches.
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