TIH is a center cockpit boat and as per the tradition of her era she has a forward and aft companionway. I can be corrected on this but it seems that modern (i.e. post 1990) center cockpit boats seem to tend towards a single companionway.
To date I have tended to ignore the upper-deck elements of TIH(with the exception of the ports and hatches) but the looming rainy season has gotten me motivated.
TIH companionway hatches are the traditional type, teak on aluminum "U" shaped channels, with a front drop board. The drop board is held in place by two vertical retaining boards, screwed onto the fiberglass. All in all this is a functional system, but is prone to leaking. I don't like having an open hatch facing forward in any type of sea. I would like to keep the access but am looking for a more elegant and robust solution.
Aluminum "U" shaped channel