As soon as I saw Dora I knew that she was special. There was something about the clean, smooth lines of her design that just felt right. Balanced. Considered. And what is lucky, is that she has managed to maintain the vast majority of her original details and features – such as her beautiful hatch.
A beautifully crafted piece of teak timber construction, this dual side opening glazed hatch sits on the fore deck, directly above the cabin and bed below, resting neatly on corner pegs that twist upwards to support the weight of the panel. With all the timber in relatively good condition, all it needed was a clean, a light sand and a few smotherings of oil to bring it back to life.
The glass is also original, and it was a tough choice between replacing the glass with a new double glazed panel for energy efficiency, or keeping it as it is… In the end I opted to keep the glass as single glazed and replace it when / if it breaks. But we’ll also see what happens come winter and the chillier nights perhaps…
But this hatch epitomises what is special about working on a project such as Dora – you have history to work with. Seeing the craftmanship and love that went into making her is humbling and being the next custodian in her life is a real honour. In fact, this hatch will soon be replicated to replace a small one that Dora has lost. Giving back feels good.