Originally Posted by Cruisin Cat
Escape hatches on my Lavezzi
are very stiff to open also...
Our escape hatches are Goiot
& also too stiff. Apparently these things list at $2,600 each!
First off, we replaced the plastic handles with aluminum
ones, as we heard someone broke their plastic handles (on passage!) & had a real problem with water
coming in. The handles just bolt through the plexiglass so they're pretty easy to remove & service
If the problem is turning the handles, take them off & grease them & put them back. If the problem is in the hinges, then you'll have to lube them somehow at your next haulout.
FWIW, we're going to have our hatches removed & completely serviced, but then we're going to replace them with a thick sheet of Lexan
. They're just too much hassle. When we eventually sell Ocelot, if the new owner wants excape hatches, he can put the repaired hatches back, but we'd rather sail without.