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Companionway Hood Sides Pieces

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 7:36 am
by SMHolmans
The side pieces for my companionway hood are a couple of inches too long, as cut out according to the pattern supplied. Is this a normal 'feature' of the kit?


Re: Companionway Hood Sides Pieces

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:49 pm
by riverron
I recall having the same thing. I just trimmed the aft/cockpit side of the side pieces to match the length of the cabin. Just by sight, so it looked good. Should be no issues with doing this.

I did have another problem with the width. The templates I had were different than the plans. See Feb. 11th 2018 of my blog for the details. Double check the measurements and dry fit things before glueing. I copied my entry in the blog below.

Problem: Now here is where the problem came about. The front hood template that comes with the kit measures 28 -3/4" wide. The manual states that the width of the entire hood needs to be 30 -5/8"

So I used the pattern to cut the front of the hood. After dry fitting the slide into the hood, the math just didn't add up and it was too narrow!

Now the hood width should be 30-5/8". If you subtract the 1.5" of the two side hood pieces, you get 29-1/8". So the front template is 3/8" too short.

So for whatever reason I made the entire piece wider and when I cut off the piece with the template, I kept it. So to fix it, I just glued it back on. You can see it below curing. I then cut it to the proper width. I will be painting the hood, so you won't be able to see it. thanks

Re: Companionway Hood Sides Pieces

PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:01 am
by SMHolmans
Thanks Ron -that's really helpful. I had noticed that the pattern for the front piece seemed to be too short, so you have confirmed my suspicions. Very many thanks!