Last year I finished off my cabin hatch with some teak woodwork. It came out great, but I used pan-head screws to hold the wood. The rubbed against the rails and made the door very difficult to move. Unfortunately, since I was so close to the Labor Day launch, I did not have time to fix the problem. So I didn’t move the hatch too many times last year. This week, I pulled it off, replaced all of the pan-head screws with flat-head screws and gave it another 3 coats of Cetol Marine Teak.
The process is a little more involved than it sounds. The hatch does not slide off of it’s rails. The rails need to be completely removed. I had taken great care to get the holes sealed with Sikaflex 291 and to fill the stripped holes with some thickened epoxy. So I will be going through that process again for the re-install tomorrow.
In addition, the woodwork I installed is also bedded in Sikaflex and there is also a bead around the top to keep water from getting between the wood and the fiberglass. I was concerned that as I pulled the screws out, that it might separate and cause a big old mess. I hate working with any sort of caulking. I always seem to make a mess and it is very difficult to fix a small section to my satisfaction. To prevent this, I used my trusty Irwin Bar Clamps. I put one on each side of the screw, removed it, drilled the countersink, and screwed in the new flat head screw. It worked like a charm and I took my time doing that for each of the 12 screws. I then added about 8 more screws in various places for some added strength. I do not want to be taking this thing off for another decade or so.