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Product Search: Cheap and Sturdy Sole Latches

I am looking for a strong and economical latch system to use for access panels in my cabin sole. I know about these:

http://www.amazon.com/Perko-1082DP1BLK-Black-Straight-Marine/dp/B0000AZ8KV/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=KK7IYRX3II9G&coliid=I2CZDP1URHDX06&psc=1
But they are neither affordable nor particularly well made. What are other people using? I have seen some that utilize a key and send out a deadbolt style lock -- rather than the pivoting arm utilized in the flush latch above. Does anyone know the name for those latches? Source? Any other suggestions?

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Still can't find the deadbolt style or anything that sells for under $30 . . ..

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What supports your floor boards/sole?

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What supports your floor boards/sole?
Stringers -- some sort of lumber running beam to beam (looks like 2x6 white wood).

The sole itself is teak and holly ply or teak and holly ply on top of marine ply (so it is @5/4 thickness).

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Try ABI marine latches: ABI Marine (ABI) Portholes, Hatch Lifts, Hawse Pipe... Marine Parts.
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Stringers -- some sort of lumber running beam to beam (looks like 2x6 white wood).

The sole itself is teak and holly ply or teak and holly ply on top of marine ply (so it is @5/4 thickness).
You could easily use threaded inserts in the floor beams with flat head bronze machine screws through the floor boards (see FIBER-SERT Self-Tapping Insert - Regular Series - US Threads On Yardley Products Corp.) or cylinder locks with blank keys (see http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...8&site=ROCKLER) inset in a counter-sink in the floor boards although you'd also need to add L-shaped brackets to the floor beams to take the locking arms. We have threaded inserts securing our floor boards, four each, near the corners for each floor board although it takes a minute or two free the floor boards.

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FWIW, a friend of mine once commented on finding factory-installed Dzus fasteners on all of the removable sole panels on a Swan.
I wonder if you can source some in SS?

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check paddle latches. look like they would gum up .

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FWIW, a friend of mine once commented on finding factory-installed Dzus fasteners on all of the removable sole panels on a Swan.
I wonder if you can source some in SS?

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Excellent suggestion. See D8 - DZUSŪ PANEX Quarter-Turn Fasteners - Southco

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