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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.
Brian & Marya
Pacific Seacraft 34
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