The situation here is that Lagoon used special Lewmar escape hatches. Escape hatches are exposed to continuous salt water
immersion. As they age the frames, hinges, and associated parts break down due to the corrosive environment
of continual salt water
dousing. Getting the hatch out is a challenge but not an insurmountable one. What is to be done after that is the challenge. If the frames are pitted, the gaskets deteriorated, the hinge pins corroded, and the latches
likewise, how does one arrive with a long term quality solution?. I've just heard from friends cruising currently off Columbia
with a 2000 4100 who have a similar problem.
I've spent a lifetime as a historic restoration
contractor. This follows the usual stints in construction including interior
finish work for West Sail on the 32's, marine
construction, all phases of residential, dock
building and dredging. A week in the yard with myself or another mechanic
would find a good jack leg hatch back in the boat. The point here is that Lagoon and Lewmar should have an arrangement where these hatches can be special ordered. I don't want to spend days refurbishing a product that the frame is still in poor shape on. I want a quality first class product after either labor or finances are committed.
Some of you want to tell me how to jack rig these hatches. I appreciate your willingness to coach me through this. I do not want a jack rigged escape hatch and I don't want to spend many thousands to alter the hull to accept the new sizes. I want accountability and business integrity from manufacturers that represent themselves as being first class. To be first class one has to stand by their product. Lagoon owners should be able to count on this service.
Fellow Lagoon owners, you are the ones who can stand up and let Lagoon know that discontinuing products for your boats where there are no alternatives other than expensive retrofits is not first class service. You can support the concept
I am espousing here and perhaps benefit from appropriate support from Lagoon and Lewmar in the future. Your silence condemns you to be victims and you will suffer similar fates in the future.
Please respond with a note of support or acknowlege that you may have the same problem and assert that you too feel entitled to some consideration after you plunk down your money
. The alternative is not pretty.
I'll not continue to beat this drum if none of you feel it appropriate.
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