Over the years we've made various minor alterations to Bluebird, most of which are shared here. We hope you find one or two good ideas you can use or adapt for your own boat.

Hatch Blind

A Houdini hatch is great on a sunny day. Not only is it an escape route if required but can you open it to air the cabin or release bacon fumes. It also lets in a lot of additional light.

They do have a reputation for leaking though. When we were asleep in the vee berth beneath and woken by cold drips falling, our first thought was that the hatch was leaking. However it turned out to be condensation forming on the glass and running along steel frame.

At first we used a square of absorbent material hemmed on each side and held in position with curtain wire, which was secured to hooks in the ceiling. This didn’t prevent the condensation but soaked up the drops, keeping the sleeper below dry. This was fiddly to attach and in the morning you had a square of damp material to dry out.

The solution was to fit a proper roller blind. The blind isn’t absorbent and we thought the water may just trickle to the edges. However the side which fits closely against the glass is silvered and all but eliminates the condensation. It also provides insulation to help keep the heat in and shade on a hot day by reflecting the light.

The blind we bought was a very resonably priced Sunset Blind from Force 4 Chandlery 

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