When we started Vegas refit it was decided to begin by rebuilding her hatches and skylights. After all what good would it be to create a first-class Interior if it was only going to be spoiled by leaks from above?
From the time we acquired her Vega’s hatches and skylights were always a source of leaks. Some were small and some seemed to rival Victoria Falls. Although built massively they were not built thinking about water and how given a path, any path, water will somehow find its way into where it isn’t wanted. Thin plastic panels were poorly mounted into roughly built frames that constantly leaked.
Many long evenings and deck watches, as well as long hours spent with period reference works, went into carefully designing the new hatches and skylights so that they would be watertight in all weather conditions as well as pleasing to the eye.
Early on it was decided to maintain the old hatch and skylight comings. This meant that the new hatches and skylights would be built in place to fit the original comings. All of the new construction being carried out using recycled teak from demolished wooden ships or houses in Bali. Some of which were over 100 years old.
The glass inserts are 12 mm armoured glass laminated to custom-designed handmade leaded stained and bevelled glass artwork. The effect is a very impressive and extremely strong skylight with an 1800’s atmosphere.