August 30, 2009:
This week has been spent mounting the Masonite plates and adjusting the hatch frame. I have glued the Masonite with thickened epoxy on all edges, and with Tec7 on all the mahogany planks. In addition, there is fastened with stainless steel clamps. The idea is that the Masonite will be completely waterproof, so even if there should be a leak in the joints between the iroko planks, the roof will still be waterproof, and both the Masonite and the iroko should be able to withstand it.
The hatch is also made so that it is partly on top of the Masonite. It is made so it looks like the hatch on the foredeck, ie with semi-circular frames at the front and aft. The frame almost finished now, I just need to make the semi-round ends.
This weekend I also fitted the fore plank - a bit of a hassle, but I managed to get it fastened in place. I have glued it with epoxy, so it will hopefully stay in shape when the clamps come off. So now I just need to sand it, then the edges are done.