Centreboard window

On the original Bridgend Romilly there is a small, circular clear perspex window on the top of the centreboard case that allows you a view of the centreboard and the winch tape. This results in a sealed centreboard but the window can be difficult to see through especially if it has condensation on it. Some time ago David Collin described how he had removed the perspex window and replaced it with a small sliding hatch like the lid of an old fashioned wooden pencil case. This intrigued me so I asked David to send me photographs and true to his word he has taken the opportunity of fine weather to take the winter covers off and take some snaps.

I think that this is an excellent idea. Much more in keeping with the design of the boat than a perspex window and I may copy the idea on my own boat.

    1. Ed Burnett says:

      Well, this looks neat but please be aware that it introduces a down flooding point that really is not very far above the waterline.

      It might be a problem if you leave the boat afloat for a while, and if it rains enough for the cockpit to collect a fair weight of water. If the boat settles to the point where this little opening is below the level of the waterline it will start to admit more water and the boat could flood. It won’t happen very fast, but it is surprising how over a number of hours a slow trickle can represent a lot of water.

    1. David R Collin says:

      Thank you Ed, for drawing my attention to something that had never crossed my mind. This nicely illustrates what might go wrong when amateurs meddle with the work of professionals!

      My boat is visited daily, and is never left overnight without the cockpit cover, but I’ll need to think about what I would do in the event of a swamping at sea. Hmmmm…..