However now the rainy season is upon us we do have the small problem of keeping dry with the forward heads hatch open channelling the breeze down below as it also channels in every shower or downpour. Rain is especially annoying at night; one of us would have to get out of bed to shut the bow facing hatch to ensure the skippers feet didn't get wet as the accompanying wind blows the rain through the open door into our cabin. And later, after the rain stops, we'd awake in stifling heat, bathed in sweat. Not pleasant nor conducive to a good nights unbroken sleep with the frequent heavy downpours we've experienced most nights this week.
|Saloon lee cloth - big enough for Kevin but not for a hatch|
Being at anchor means the bow always points into any breeze. Here rain is usually accompanied by squally winds which blow the wetness quite a distance. We tried the new lee cloth I made in January for ur Atlantic crossing to see if that would work but the 1.5 x 2m rectangle of canvas was pathetically small when placed over the relevant part of the foredeck. The aim is to have the cover stretch far enough forward to prevent the rain being blown underneath as far back as the open hatch.
|Trying the Windscoop for size|
|One of the new grommets in place|
|Making some final adjustments|
|It may glow a bit orange down below but at least it is now dry|