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Old 23-03-2010, 21:48   #1
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Hatch Security Lock

Has anyone seen security locks that can be installed and removed from hatches to prevent someone from crawling through when they are left open? I'm thinking something along the lines of the bar that installs on your steering wheel. Expand it and it crosses the hatch.
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One sometimes sees welded aluminum bar assemblies that replace the hatch boards or fit into the overhead hatches. Can be decorative like wrought iron. Keeps the honest folks from poking around while the air moves thru. Crooks won't be stopped by such sillyness but might wander to the next boat with their crowbar. Seriously, if you can't afford to loose it don't put it on a boat. Same for the boat, if you can't afford to loose it you paid too much.
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Something like this?

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Amplimesh SecuraMesh Security Door and Window Grilles | Screens - amplimesh.com.au

Anodised aluminium screen, can get them cheap 2nd hand through demolition yards
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One cheap and easy solution is to make up some short stainless wire pieces with swaged loops in their ends. Install a couple of strong hooks at the bottom corners under the lip of the companionway and an eye in the middle of the hatch. Hook the wire over the hooks and padlock it to the hatch eye (keep the key on a hook just out of reach). The wire will form an upside-down V and should be tight enough that you can't get it off the hooks or push it aside to get through (you could add a cross piece of wire in the middle if the gap is too big).

This arrangement keeps someone from pushing the hatch open or yanking it up off the slides. It's also easy to store.

Of course, you can cut the wire with the right tool but as anyone knows who's made up rigging - this isn't easy.

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Due to a cruiser being severely beaten today I thought I'd see if anyone has any more ideas about a lock that can be used on Lewmar deck hatches. I was thinking about something like a "Club" but now am thinking I could put some strong round eye-bolts into two the the corners and then padlock a wire diagonally across the hatch. Something like Carlf described for the companionway.
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Around here, SE Asia, folks have a iron shop work up window grates that fit the hatches and companionway. Just like on windows in American cities. Normally in Aluminium. Lock them in to leave the boat. Air still circulates. Also prevents falling thru the hatches.
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