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Old 10-11-2011
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leaky hatch, project?


The forward hatch on my Columbia 29 is leaking slightly from the box. The box is wooden and is somehow encased in the deck with caulking all around it (see attached pictures). Apart from the leaks it feels fine and solidly attached.

I don't know how to un-mount it and I'm not sure I really want to do that as the bottom appears to be nailed. Although the nailed part might just be a decorative bottom frame, I'm worried of destroying the whole thing in the process.

What I was thinking of doing was to sand the gelcoat down to fiberglass about 1 inch around the box on the deck, sand the wooden box, fiberglass the box and the 1inch of stripped perimeter with two or three layers of cloth and cover with gelcoat. The wooden hatch lid would stay wooden as it does not appear to have any issue Almost all the boats I see around have a fiberglass(ed) hatch box.

Does that sound like a reasonable thing to do?

Thank you for your inputs,

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