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Contest 31 Cockpit Hatch

Please see the photos of the cockpit hatch of a Contest 31 that I am in the process of purchasing. I would like to restore this hatch to its original splendor seeing that there is not much splendor going on with the current hatch cover.

Does anyone know what the design of the original hatch cover may be?

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Re: Contest 31 Cockpit Hatch

This would have been a part molded by Contest during construction, not an 'aftermarket' hatch that would be otherwise generally available. It was likely damaged at some point and replaced by what you see there now.

You'll probably have to make your own mold/mockup to recreate the original unless Contest are still in business, but I'd hate to think of the cost of molding one and shipping it from Holland....
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Re: Contest 31 Cockpit Hatch

It is not hard to mold a hatch. In this link Tim shows how it is done. It starts after the 4 pictures and continues with other work interspersed.
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Re: Contest 31 Cockpit Hatch

Good morning Bob and welcome to SailNet!

I own a 1981 Contest 31 HT and needed to replace my hatch also. Marine plywood coated with epoxy, fiberglass cloth and non-skid paint is a practical replacement.

Contest Yachts is alive and well in the Netherlands but only has a California distributor in the US.

Another source of info for Contest Yachts is the Contest Yacht Owners Club Contest Yacht Owners Club.

I am outside Phila though my boat is in Baltimore.

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Re: Contest 31 Cockpit Hatch

I see some batteries in there. Is there anything else requiring access? Is it possible to relocate the batteries and seal the opening permanently? a 4 square foot opening in the cockpit floor is inherently unsettling to me.
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Re: Contest 31 Cockpit Hatch

I am a bit bummed. I read contest, and thought there'd be a prize.
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Re: Contest 31 Cockpit Hatch

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a 4 square foot opening in the cockpit floor is inherently unsettling to me.
Unsettling to me too. But if it must stay there, I'd want it to seal really well.
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Re: Contest 31 Cockpit Hatch

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It is not hard to mold a hatch. In this link Tim shows how it is done. It starts after the 4 pictures and continues with other work interspersed.
It took a while but I followed the pictures and process you suggested and made a fiberglass hatch cover for the battery compartment. It works great, does not leak and is attached by what looks to be four original through-bolts. It is as permanent as it going to be and still removable with a wrench. Thanks again for the suggestion, Bob
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Pictures?
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Re: Contest 31 Cockpit Hatch

Here are some construction photos. It is on the boat and will be painted this season. Once it is painted I will post a photo of the finished product.
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