Mary T

Ocean cruiser

Sig's most recent, large project has been to build a hard dodger.  Actually, it is more like a pilot house.  It extends forward to the main companionway but does not access it.  Instead, it is blocked there, so one enters the companionway from the side deck, not the cockpit.

Additionally, one can get below using the aft companionway, coming down over the engine box.


What had been the  passageway to the companionway is now a "tunnel," where the person off-watch can sleep with full protection on deck, and be quickly available to help on deck if needed.

This type of dodger really provides a very protected area in the front half of the cockpit and bridge deck.  It is more like a pilot house than a simple dodger.

Sig has worked hard to stop the forward hatch from leaking.  The waterway has been cut deeper to drain more water faster.
On the under side of the hatch, he routed a groove, and installed a square gasket material to provide a good seal.
Mary T has an inner staysail on its own removable stay.  Running backstays support the mast in that location.

Here is how the running backstays are rigged. A line starts on the rail, goes up to a block, and is hauled in by block and tackle.  The tackle is simply attached with webbing to a scupper.


Staysail sheets come to tracks on the cabin sides.
Mary T uses a jiffy reefing system.  Four lines come forward in the boom.  They can be hauled in with the winch at the base of the mast, and secured with line grabbers under the front of the boom.
Sig is careful about how he terminates his lifelines.  They are securely lashed -- no turnbuckle to unscrew, no clevis pins to drop out.  The nicropress swaging uses two clamps, just to be sure.
Sig knows he has more work to do before setting off to sea again, so he built a work bench on his cabin top.  It can be removed easily by hoisting it up with a jib halyard and swinging it to the dock!

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