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Old 26 April 2011, 06:06   #11
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Ive been inspired by chewys locker.

OK. I have looked at lots of hatches. I have an existing lewmar hatch about a 1/3 of the way up the foredeck. SO I toyed with the idea of installing another further forward. However I think they look a bit rubbish and because the boat tapers off towards the bow the hatch would have to be touching the existing hatch or so small i couldnt fit anchor.... SO How about I make my own?

Heres the plan, Mark out on the existing deck, on flat surface, mask up, cut with jigsaw, radius on the corners. As the deck is a sandwich, I then intend to pick out approx 20mm around the cut edges and fill with an epoxy filler to seal the edges. Install a lip under the new hole approx 50mm, made of either ply or fibreglass, glass to underside of deck. Two hinges on front edge and a catch at the other end... Fitted to the bit that I cut out, Create another bulkhead to seal th new locker from existing dry storage, drain hole and voilla!!!

WHat you think?

I havent worked out the exact specifics. But Id appreciate feedback
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Old 26 April 2011, 08:35   #12
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Couple of questions. What thickness should I make the fibreglass lip for the hatch to rest on, should I screw from underside of deck then bond? Or just clamp and bond. Deck appears To be 10mm sandwich construction. To make a bulkhead and re inforce the lid, can I use a foam feet product that's readily available. If so which one.

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will it not leak and fill up with water as the lewmar ones are watertight??

what about fitting a plastic hinged deck hatch, they make ones that are strong enough to walk on and are smaller than the lewmar ones??

i have fitted one in my coastline and an just get my 5 kg bruce anchor thru it...
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will it not leak and fill up with water as the lewmar ones are watertight??

what about fitting a plastic hinged deck hatch, they make ones that are strong enough to walk on and are smaller than the lewmar ones??

i have fitted one in my coastline and an just get my 5 kg bruce anchor thru it...
Ive got 2 plastic ones at the rear of the boat, and I find I have to renew them every couple of years. The idea was to use the existing deck as a new door to a forward locker that would drain out of an anchor locker drain. I would obviously have to seal the new forward locker from the HUGE underdeck forward locker I already have for dry storage
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