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Old 04 July 2005, 05:31   #1
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Hatches

Looking to replace the battery compartment hatch on my Northcraft 5.4m. As the console is orange and the existing(ish) hatch is black I'd like to replace with the the same colour. Despite searching long and hard, the best I can come up with is the correct size (about 10" x 8") hatch in white which would fill the hole but look naff.

Has anyone had similar problems and managed to find a solution?

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Old 04 July 2005, 06:35   #2
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I have a Humber with the old sliding fibreglass hatch. I am thinking of replacing this with a proper door so called Humber who told me they could let me have a hatch but it would not fit without some modification, So this is now delayed while I work it out.

Point is Humber have them in black and if I remember about 35:00
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Old 04 July 2005, 11:09   #3
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I have a Humber with the old sliding fibreglass hatch. I am thinking of replacing this with a proper door so called Humber who told me they could let me have a hatch but it would not fit without some modification, So this is now delayed while I work it out.

Point is Humber have them in black and if I remember about 35:00

Mike ,

what modifications would have to be made,did they tell you or leave it up to yourself ? I take it the original sliding hatch opening is to big for the hatch they have for sale ?

I have a sliding hatch on my console on my Humber Alpha 4.8m and was going to add a hatch to make it totally concealed as the original is very poor.

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Old 04 July 2005, 11:21   #4
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From the brief discussion I had seems that the existing cut out is too big to take the standard size hatch. I have checked out hatches from elsewhere but they all seem to be the same size. I think that I would need to make the cut out smaller so that the fixing screws have something better than fresh air to bite on.

I figured that building up the edge to the existing hatch would difficult whilst retaining strength and am currently thinking about puttting a large sheet of something over the front of the console and cutting a new hatch out. Haven't decided what material to use yet.

If any one else has sucessfully done this would v much like to you know how they went about it.
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never thought of covering the existing cut out need to have a gander at it again with that thought in mind, although the cut I think is close to the edge, might make it tricky to smooth down etc , always up for a challenge though
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This site has some details of various hatch sizes and the cutout size.

I have about 30mm between the edge of the cut out and the edge of the console so I thought a sheet of something black that i could screw and glue around the existing cut out and then take the jigsaw to it and screw the new hatch to it.

Was thinking of some sheet nylon (like chopping board material) that is coloured through so scratches won't show, maintenance free, and flexible so won't crack. plenty if goo makes it water tight.
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Oops. This site

http://www.bosunsmate.co.uk/hatches.htm
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cheers Mike, I'll have a look at that and have a look at the cut out tonight and take a few measurements etc

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My fiance sells paint for application on plastic, do you know what the hatch is made of? I can ask her what product will go on it. they have colour matched for a few boats and ribs before so you could just paint the white hatch.
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i've been thinking about doing this

mine's white on orange..looks odd to say the least. I was thinking of matching the orane, I ll try and find the colour shade
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