Outline - Deck Hatches

How to Build a Deck Hatch


Deck Hatches on a boat are important for safety, security, ventilation, light and – when done properly can serve as a beautiful feature to the deck. But if a hatch isn’t built properly you will inevitably end up with problems throughout your boat. Hatches happen to be one of the main problem areas for a boat which typically rot from the top down because of fresh water (rain).

  In this intensive five-day course, each student will build their own fitted deck hatch. If you have a project for your own boat this would be a good class to take. We will explore inherent problems with deck hatches, learn which materials and hardware are best suited for making hatches and understand why some modern materials and techniques used in today’s building practices can outperform traditional building methods, without losing that classic, timeless look. Note: If you have a project you wish to work on in the class please contact the school do discus your ideas. Complicated hatches will not fit in the course timeline but can be started.

Must have: introduction to woodworking or equivalent woodworking training.

Tuition and class size: $850 - Five day course. The minimum number of students for the class to run is 2 to a maximum of 6 students.


Materials and tools: Some personal hand tools needed. A student tool list will be provided with the registration package. The school will provide materials and all other hand/power tools and machinery necessary, as well as a printed or PDF version of the course handouts.