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Hatch Leeks and Rebedding of Hatches

We have an Irwin 32 and have always been plagued with hatch leeks. This is the time and we have decided to rebuild and rebed them. Mark had some trouble getting the hatches out but once out noticed the bedding compound appeared sparse. We are having new acrylic cut and he is going to install it in the hatches before putting the hatches back in the boat. Has anyone else done this?
Also, has anyone ever rebuilt the ratchet hinges on these Lewmar hatches?

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Try the Irwin site---if you haven't already.

http://groups.msn.com/IrwinOwners

And by all means, get those soggy onions off of your boat...............
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about those hatches

Thank you Rick. I will try the Irwin site. Good Idea.
Soggy onions?
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Thank you Rick. I will try the Irwin site. Good Idea.
Soggy onions?

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The hatch on my Coronado 41 is the most horribly designed horizontal 3-piece folding thing, that leaks like a sieve. I contemplated rebuilding it extensively or converting it into some long one-piece sliding contraption but opted instead for a very simple solution - a snap-on cover sewn of sunbrella material. My first sewing project, and it turned out great. 100% waterproof, and looks ok too
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Of course I mean the companionway hatch not deck hatches, so that info's probably totally irrelevant to your topic. Sorry about that.

The ports on my boat do leak considerably, and I've tried chiseling them out to no avail, they must be bedded (unevenly) with 5200... yuck! I think I'll have to break or cut then prise them out to re-bed
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pmemsmer,

It sounds like there just wasn't enough sealant.

I replaced all of the hatches and ports on my Cal 34 about four years ago. The hatches were a standard size and fit the existing openings, I only had to drill new screw holes -- but I had to enlarge the cutouts in the cabin sides to accommodate the new Lewmar portlights. As long as the products themselves don't leak, then I would suggest going overboard with the 4100 or something similar. Just goop it on, let it squish out the sides and clean up the excess with a rag and acetone. No leaks since.

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Leeks=type of onion.

Leaks=annoying on a boat.

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Thank you Rick. I will try the Irwin site. Good Idea.
Soggy onions?
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