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Old 21 May 2004, 10:16   #1
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Having spoken in depth with the guys at Osprey today i am going to cut a hole in my deck to access the void for storage. I must confess i'm stealing this idea from Richard B's scorpion, although i beleive it is quite common.

What i am now after is a hatch which is 100% waterproof and stand-on proof. Approximate dimensions 300mm x 500mm. The hatches in Richard B's scorpion are 'Lewmar' and look very watertight but can i stand on them? In a big sea?

I must confess i have not enlisted google into my quest, but RIBnet is more resourcefull anyway...

Oh, and i'm on a budget!

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Old 21 May 2004, 10:18   #2
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Well, I've stood on them a few times accidentally (Richard cornering too fast or zooming off while I'm still sorting out ropes & fenders ) and they haven't broken yet (but don't sue me if they break when you do!!). We do get some water in the locker but not sure where from yet! Richard doesn't think it's through the hatch though. HTH.

Having said that, there is a certain person I know (not me or Richard B) who managed to break the hatch on said person's instructor's boat!! Not sure what make of hatch it was, though.

P.S. I PMed you a week ago and apparently you haven't read it!!!
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Hi Daniel,

Know the problem you are having, the strongest "plastic" hatches we have come across are from Viking through Aquamarine Dealers and we frequently fit these to RIBs from 7 - 12 mtrs and have as yet not had any problems with them - try looking at http://www.aqua-marine.co.uk/acatalog/index.html also at the bottom of the page of plastic hatches you will see some aluminium hatches would the black one be of any use to you?
If you see anything there that may be of interest and you are having trouble sourcing it come back to me as we can get any of these items (if Aquamarine have them in stock!).

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Old 21 May 2004, 10:44   #4
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Daniel,

Lewmar are pretty strong but not cheap. I think Andy Clark at Bosuns mate also sells some superduper hatches: http://www.bosunsmate.co.uk . Making use of the underdeck void is good idea but be careful where you cut!


Louise, the water in the front stowage in Blue Ice I think either gets in through the rubber seal of the hatch which may need replacing or more likely IMHO through the fitting for the (removed) ballast tank at the bow end. One of the jobs I had planned to do was to glass this over to seal it for definate! (Mentioned this to Richard last time we spoke.)
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The lewmar ones are good and you can get different heights of pertution from the deck for trip hazzards and sizes. There are other maufacturers, but you can still get the spares for older hatches with lewmar. They are comonly found on yacht foredecks and can take some abuse.

I have a similar problem on my redbay in that the original hatches catches have failed so if I can't find out who made them I will have to go down this route.

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My son(5 stone) managed to break my unbreakable hatch (500mm sq. white, 2 hinges 2 catches jobby). So I replaced it with a Vetus hatch. We tested it with a 25 stone test rig ( me and a mate jumped on it) and it was OK.

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PS go direct to Vetus and you can get good deal if you try.
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Oh, and i'm on a budget!
I would be very surprised if you are able to find a cheap hatch that is up to the job. Lewmar make a range of low profile hatches which would be a good choice, but they are a lot of money, and even then they aren't indestructable!

If you do get one of these types of hatched I recommend getting out the hacksaw and cutting of the interior handles on the catches. They have a habit of getting jammed on whatever you put in the locker (because let's face it, you're going to stuff it full!) and then you can't open it.

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I recommend getting out the hacksaw and cutting of the interior handles on the catches. They have a habit of getting jammed on whatever you put in the locker (because let's face it, you're going to stuff it full!) and then you can't open it.
Agreed!

I have suffered from this on onother boat before we bought Blue Ice, and it's really, really annoying! Alan or John had already done this on one hatch so I did it to the other.
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Tell you what Daniel... your RIB looks the business in that photo!
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Daniel just before you go cutting you might want to measure exactly how much room you have there because the hull is quiet shallow at that point. In addition the under deck trunking is also runs there.

Instead why not cut a hole infront of the console which will provide a suprising amount of room probably 50 litres. Where does that fuel tank start and finish, seem to remember you have a very large one.

Rene might be able to do you a pic if he still has the viper.

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