Mounting the Table in the Cockpit

Table set up in cockpit

With the addition of a mounting base, the same table that serves well in the main saloon also fits perfectly in the cockpit. The Z-shaped leg is placed in this base. With the leg pointing aft, the table is situated for dinner or cocktails.
Socket for mounting the table in the cockpit

Some years back, the Alberg 30 Association organized a group purchase of a custom fabricated base for mounting the table in the cockpit. This base consists of a piece of 2-1/2" ID aluminum pipe welded onto a flat square of aluminum. A hole is drilled through the center of the square. An L-shaped extension was welded onto the head of a 1/4-20 bolt. Socket mounted in the cockpit A hole is drilled into the cockpit inspection plate and tapped with a 1/4-20 tap. This hole is normally kept closed with a bolt, but when it's time to put the table in the cockpit for inviting friends over to watch for the green flash, the base is fastened to the inspection plate with the extended bolt.

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The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.

Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking, boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.

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