I’m striving for daily progress on my Scamp build. Today, I installed the BH#3 hatches.I had previously epoxied and clamped backer pieces around the perimeter to add thickness to the hatch openings to receive the screws.I used 3/4″ SS screws to secure the hatches. I also applied a liberal amount of clear silicon around the hatch openings. This shot shows all the hatches I have installed on Shackleton. In addition to what is shown, I have wet storage between BH7 & BH8 on both sides of my boat.Next, I drilled a 7/16″ hole for the transom traveler. I first used the largest counter sink I own to flair the hole opening just a bit. I then followed up with a standard 7/16″ drill bit.This flared the hole for a smooth opening. I will epoxy this hole during my next epoxy step. The hole goes through (from top to bottom) the transom cap, then a solid epoxy layer and finally through the decking. It should provide a very strong area for the transom traveler line.
Hoping to test step the mast tomorrow.