New Cockpit Floor Grate

cockpit grate

cockpit grate

We recently changed the mold for the Sage 17 so that the cockpit floor was higher and also slopes forward toward the drain holes.  Now it is 2″ higher at the aft end and slopes to 1″ higher at the forward end.  There is a small area around the drains that is the original floor where water can collect.  We make a teak grate for this area for better footing.

Those with the original floor use plugs to keep water from coming into the boat but this will also prevent water drainage.  We have installed new sloped floors into some boats which adds some weight and is labor intensive to achieve a nice result.  Another solution was to make a teak grate that covers the entire cockpit floor.  This keeps your feet 2″ higher and allows water to run underneath the slats.  It is also the easiest way to fix the water issue.  I made one for Air Born which will be tested at the Wrinkle Boat Ran Tan next week and have another one made for a Sage customer that would like to try it out on his boat.

The simplest way to make this is to use two rails that sit on the floor and are notched to go over the traveler bar.  Slats are cut and mounted to these rails.

making slats for the grate

making slats for the grate

I found that 3″ wide slats with a 3/4″ spacing worked out well.  The  slats are put on while you are in the cockpit so that they can be cut to length due to the changing width of the cockpit.  At the forward end use two short rails and 2″ wide slats for both sides of the center board trunk.  It is important to not drill through the rails when attaching the slats or you will have  holes in the floor.  A piece of tape on your pilot bit can be a simple depth gauge.  I used 1 1/4″ screws that were countersunk so the holes could be plugged.

grate after assembling in cockpit

grate after assembling in cockpit

Once the grate is assembled it can come to the workbench and have plugs epoxied in and roundovers done on the slats.  Some oil will finish this off.

plugs epoxied in

plugs epoxied in

Matt

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