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Hatch woes

Hi everyone,
After receiving an outrageous estimate on resealing my forward hatch I decided to take a whack at it myself, which has not gone well. In removing the frame from its base I snapped the head off of the bolt that affixes its arm to the frame. Evidently it was seized.

Any thoughts on how to remedy this? Drill out the remnant and change out the bolt? Any experience/info would be helpful
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Re: Hatch woes

I have learned not to mess with these...I take them to my local fab shop. They can weld a bolt to the stub and work it with a small reversing air ratchet $5-10. If you break a drill, ez-out or mess the threads it will be more.
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The old hatches are not really worth the trouble of fixing. We replace with 18.5 by 18.5 hatches. The job was not too bad and we have nice new and company supported hatches now.

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Re: Hatch woes

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Considering that things have not gone well, consider just taking it to any local machine shop. Probably ask you for $10, 20 at the most, and it will be done without further damage or worry in ten minutes.
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Fella goes back to the garage to pickup his car .....

Mechanic - that'll be $150 bucks and hands him the invoice.
Fella - Looks at invoice and says but the part was only $20. What was the other $130 for ?
Mechanic - For knowing what part to replace.

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Re: Hatch woes

I would try drilling it out. Mine was stuck as well and when I put some pressure on it the cast aluminum around the bolt cracked. The aluminum corrodes and weakens due to the dissimilar metals of the frame and bolt. I used some JB weld to sister a stainless washer to the arm, effectively splinting the crack. It has been 4 years now of constant use and it has held up without issue.

As Captjcook says, I won't be messing with the rest of them.
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The old hatches are not really worth the trouble of fixing. We replace with 18.5 by 18.5 hatches. The job was not too bad and we have nice new and company supported hatches now.
Hi,

What brand 18.5x18.5 in hatches did you use?
Does anyone know if the 34 and 37 have the same hatch setup?

Wouldn't mind changing mine out sometime.

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Re: Hatch woes

I was going to replace mine due to surface corrosion, and ordered a new hatch from Defender. I think it was a Lewmar Ocean series? The inside diameter was the same as the Bomar, but the outside was smaller leaving all of the old screw holes exposed. It was going to be a huge job fiberglassing the top to cover the screw holes and trying to blend it to look nice. Or I could have made a spacer ring, like a giant washer to cover the holes, but then you have to worry about sealing that as well as the hatch. Also, it wasn't as deep and I would have had to make a trim piece for the inside. In the end it wasn't worth it, so I had the Bomar sand blasted and powder coated and returned the Lewmar.

Incidentally, Swan, a PSC 34 rode out hurricane Odile down here in Mexico and stayed dry as a bone inside. The other twelve boats in the anchorage had all their bedding and cushions out on deck the next day trying to dry everything out. In my opinion, the metal ports and Bomar hatches are about as good as it gets for keeping out the elements.
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