The aft cabin Nor’sea 27s have a nearly square cockpit that is often fitted with a grate that can be raised and placed in chocks to fill in the cockpit flush with the level of the seating and thereby provide some extra sleeping space.
I have had my eye out for grates and grating materials, and when I attended a boat swap meet in Berkeley last Sunday I got lucky! The sale starts at six and I was out there at 5:45 with a flashlight scoping things out. As the third seller was unloading I found this teak cockpit grille and I was all over it.
I held my breath while I measured it up and was amazed to discover it was just about perfect – an inch longer front to back than I’d need. It’s a few years old, but nothing some glue and clamps can’t fix. I think it’s mahogany and not Teak, though. I won’t know for sure until I sand off the finish.
I believe the sale price was $45 trimmed just a bit from $50. I also bought a few other items from the same seller, including a trawler lamp that needs a new glass chimney.
I’ll update this post when I get the grating cut to size and refinished. Be sure to add to the list of things to take to the swap: cash, want list with measurements, flashlight, tape measure.