Companionway Integrity In A Storm

IMG_0157 It is amazing how many accounts of disaster at sea include a major ingress of water through the companionway. Here are a couple of good ideas to solve that potential problem. Paul Kirby, whose survival of a vicious storm south of New Zealand we wrote about in this chapter, sent us some photographs of a very clever latch that he designed and built after finding out the hard way, during a knock down, about the importance of securing the companionway in heavy weather.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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