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Old 11-25-2014, 04:03 PM   #1
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Hate Californian "Tomb Entrance"

When I purchased my '88 45MY a few months back, the biggest problem with the boat (in my opinion) was the heavy, unwieldy sliding hatch/door from the aft deck to the saloon. It was like sliding a giant rock away from a tomb entrance! In fact, my wife could barely slide the thing. So, first on my list was to replace that with an actual door - similar to the 45s that were built later on in North Carolina. We had to saw the old sliding hatch/door into about 4 pieces to get the 200 lb. thing out of the boat! I think the new door came out pretty good - except for the fact that my cabinet maker matched the interior teak finish and failed to realize the aft deck wet bar teak had bleached significantly lighter. Oh well - the new door really "opens up" the interior of the boat with lots of light and the ease of use makes living aboard immeasurably better!
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:13 PM   #2
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I did exactly the same thing to my '89 45 MY. Made a world of difference. But...mine matched the outside.
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:14 PM   #3
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I think the contrast looks nice do you have detail pics and ones from inside was thinking about something like this on my MT
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:34 PM   #4
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It will bleach out exactly like the cabinet did. Be patient.
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:01 PM   #5
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...from the inside. I'll try to remember to take some detail shots tonight when I get home.
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:25 PM   #6
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Thanks I am heading to the boat tomorrow

I can not do mine exactly like yours but similar

looking forward to more pics

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Old 11-25-2014, 09:41 PM   #7
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Very nicely done. A huge improvement.
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:06 PM   #9
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Nice improvement, both from an aesthetic perspective and an ergonomic one!
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He did a very nice job constructing that. A huge improvement .
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I was thinking the same thing!!!
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Thanks for the kind words, guys. Here are a few detail pics, as promised...
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Wow! I didn't see the glass work until it was opened.....Wow!!
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:23 AM   #15
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Thanks for the kind words, guys. Here are a few detail pics, as promised...
Thanks so much gives me some ideas that looks amazing

what brand hinges did you use and handle?
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Greetings,
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:35 PM   #17
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Thanks. The hinges are GEM items and the latch assembly is a discontinued Perko item that we found on the internet. Closest current Perko item is their #0730. Also, the "etched" glass is, in fact, a very nice static cling decal from Window Film | Etched Decals | Screen Magnets | WindowFilmWorld.com. They're about thirty bucks and the ones on the double glass front doors of our house still look great after 15 years. Pretty much fools everyone - even on close inspection. Lots of choices of designs, they install in about 5 minutes and can be peeled right off (and reattached.)


I do have one question for Mr. RTF: Is having one's mind blown a good thing?

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Who would have known.... The Admiral is now looking at her choices..Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks. The hinges are GEM items and the latch assembly is a discontinued Perko item that we found on the internet. Closest current Perko item is their #0730. Also, the "etched" glass is, in fact, a very nice static cling decal from Window Film | Etched Decals | Screen Magnets | WindowFilmWorld.com. They're about thirty bucks and the ones on the double glass front doors of our house still look great after 15 years. Pretty much fools everyone - even on close inspection. Lots of choices of designs, they install in about 5 minutes and can be peeled right off (and reattached.)


I do have one question for Mr. RTF: Is having one's mind blown a good thing?

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We have the fake etched on the one I want to replace and will add one to the new one agree they look great
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Terrific idea and great execution.Well done.
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