Yes, Touche's head door was binding at the top.
Your reasoning sounds good. Have you released the extra shroud tension?
On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 3:18 PM, Patrick Davin via CnC-List <
> Interesting. I inspected my mast step closely when the mast was out, since
> I know some LF38s have had that issue. Mine looked okay. Dennis when your
> head door was stuck, was it binding at the top and bottom edges of the
> door? Given your cabin roof was being pushed down I imagine that's what
> would happen. My v-berth door is binding at the sides - the bottom 3 feet -
> so that makes me think it's due to horizontal squeezing of the hull.
> I know some flex / compression is natural from the forces of the rig on
> all sailboats, more so on more flexy boats than on older solid fiberglass
> boats. The LF38 has no deck tie downs at the fwd bulkhead, just the aft
> bulkhead. So I'm wondering whether that lack of deck tie downs allows the
> hull to flex more at that fwd section.
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>> From: "Dennis C." <capt...@gmail.com>
>> To: CnClist <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:08:47 -0500
>> Subject: Re: Stus-List Can't close the v-berth door
>> Years ago, I installed a hydraulic backstay adjuster on Touche'. Hot
>> dog! Picked the boat up from the yard and went out on the lake to try it
>> out. Cranked it down and, oops, the head door wouldn't open. Temporary
>> boat rule: nobody uses the head going upwind. Downwind, backstay off,
>> door opened fine.
>> Didn't take long to discover deteriorated mast step. Tightened the rig,
>> the mast was driven downward into the boat. The turning blocks on the mast
>> pushed the collar down, deformed the cabin roof and bound up the head door.
>> Rebuilt mast step solved issue.
>> Your experience may be different.
>> Dennis C.
>> Touche' 35-1 #83
>> Mandeville, LA
>> On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 1:43 PM, Patrick Davin via CnC-List <
>> email@example.com> wrote:
>>> I've had this (minor) issue over a year where we can't fully close the
>>> v-berth door on our Landfall 38.
>>> At first I thought it was just due to heat expansion of the wood in the
>>> summer, but it started roughly after I tightened the main shrouds a couple
>>> turns (due to masthead fall off in higher winds). And this winter when I
>>> had the mast out for rerig I noticed the v-berth door closed fine.
>>> Is this just normal flex for C&C's? Anyone else had this issue?
>>> It's binding at the door jamb and the lower right half of the door. I
>>> tried to check the bulkhead to hull and deck joints, but it's hard to
>>> inspect those much since they're covered by a permanent liner.
>>> Releasing backstay tension doesn't help. So I suspect it's the fwd
>>> lowers or main shrouds that flex the hull the tiny amount needed to squeeze
>>> the door frame. I double checked that the tie rods are adequately tensioned
>>> and there's no upward inflexion of the deck at the U-bolts.
>>> The only thing I can think to do would be to sand down the lower half of
>>> the door edge and revarnish it.
>>> 1984 C&C Landfall 38
>>> Seattle, WA
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