Just to help clear up the confusion...
While Lewmar hatches are indeed manufactured using extruded aluminum
, testing and manufacturing methods are applied to all products to ensure performance, including adhesive
testing, ISO and the European Recreational Craft directive tests, along with several Lewmar in-house quality checks. . Lewmar Superhatch, Rollstop and Ocean hatches (what I refer to as the Blue-water series) have been produced for 25 years with an eye toward consistency, quality and safety
Improvements are implemented as technology changes. Each change is made to increase the ease of use, durability and safety
of the products. Not all manufactures invest this kind of time and resources in to R&D.
Lewmar Marine Ltd only uses the finest marine grade cast acrylic available
. NO extruded acrylic is used on any deck
The quality of Lewmar product is apparent to the worldwide boating
community. Could the best boat builders in the world be wrong?
This post should not be viewed as an advertisement for Lewmar.
Has Lewmar ever made a mistake? absolutely
. Have they ever had a design problem? sure
. The thing that impresses me is that the folks within Lewmar solicit input from the professionals and make changes based on the positive contributions of folks like you and I. Change may come slow, but it does indeed come.
My purpose is to bring forth accurate, unbiased information for the members to consider. I feel that I must set the record
straight once and for all that Lewmar does not use extruded acrylic in its lenses and that cast or amalgam frames while used by companies such as Goiot
and Atkins Hoyle, should not be viewed as the only or best way to build a hatch. Load testing and empirical data just doesn't indicate that cast is substantially better than a high quality extruded product.
As for hatch rebuilding:::
Check into other hatch re-builders. Costs vary for a variety of reasons. Check with ABYC or NMMA for additional sources. Deal with a reputable company that offers you a written warranty. Look around. You may be surprised at what you find.
Take a look at the enclosed photo
. Does that look like a cheap hatch to you? I am afraid I must disagree with the previous post and state that Lewmar hatches are designed and built to a very high standard. Each hatch will hold up to the marine environment
at least as long as the cast hatches maybe longer.
Rules of this forum prohibit me from explaining exactly how I know this, but dig around a little and it will become clear.
Not all hatches are created equal. Ask questions, contact the manufacturers, ask which builder
uses what hatch. Contact the builders, check the websites and forums
. Its your boat. Question the experts, remember you deserve the best!
Tony "Hatchmasters" D'Andrea