This was my take on reinforcing the galley hatch to prevent it from warping in the sun. I added a stiffner and an additional layer of fiberglass. I plan to add an additional layer of fiberglass on inside of the the doors as well before they are cut out.
This topic was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by tpkrause86.
@tpkrause86 I’m at the stage where I’m planning on adding a second hatch stiffener like you did. I planned on putting it pretty much in the same position as you did. Has this worked well for you? Anything you’d do different?
This is the correct time go add glass and the stiffener before it is cut out. I added glass to the doors before they were cut out and it worked out well. Putting a stiffener after hatch is cut out is a pain
Thanks to everyone for the tips about the hatch stiffener. I added one and added glass above and below as an extra measure. I made mine out of 1/4″ plywood which I sheathed in glass and epoxy then cut out slots to hang things from (lights, dishrags, etc.). I doubled up the plywood on the back side at the chine where panel 1 meets 2 but I don’t have a pic of that handy at the moment.