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Old 19 September 2006, 11:33   #1
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Can anybody suggest a good quality rectangular, shatterproof (ie not ABS), waterproof hatch suitable for fitting into the deck of my RIB?

I've got a couple of polycarbonate ones on the sides of the pods, but with only one "toggle" they don't seal well enough for a wet deck.
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Old 19 September 2006, 13:58   #2
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the viking deck hatches seem to be good ones. i dont think any are 100% water tight, but i might be wrong!!!!!
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Old 19 September 2006, 14:06   #3
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I fitted a 450 x 450 Bomar deck hatch to my RIB, to replace the old ABS one which had got a bit old & tired. Bomar one is a lot tougher - I think it's made from polypropylene. Cost around £50 (new) in a boat jumble. If you want something totally waterproof, you'll have to spend a lot more. IBS had some aluminium ones listed in their catalogue, but for the same size hatch, I think they were around £400
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Try Lewmar or Vetus.
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Lewmar hatches are fantastic, but not cheap!!
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Nuova Rade do quite a range
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I've got a couple of the Bomar polycarb hatches on my pods, but they wouldn't do on the deck - I want access for starage to the void under the deck without compromising watertightness.

The IBS ones look pretty, but the tag is scary!
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the viking deck hatches seem to be good ones. i dont think any are 100% water tight, but i might be wrong!!!!!
Be careful of Viking. We too have put our feet through 2 Viking rectangular deck hatches. They look good and seem to be watertight and for the most part do hold up ok. They have broken when we have jumped on them from the top of the tube on our 30ft Nautica. For the price, if they are not going to be jumped on I would use them and have a direct source if I can be of any assistance.
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My Redbay has two plastic deck hatches, but its intersting to note that they reinforced the underside of them with some serious bits of timber.
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