Like many production boats, mine has these damn Lewmar
low profile deck
hatches. It is an awful design...like there was an engineering competion to come up with a hatch
design with the largest possible number of points for leaks
Ive spent many hours resolving issues with this ridiculous design not only on my boat
, but on boats in charter
The hinge design is absurdly complicated and prone to failure (even Lewmar
recognized that and issued a replacment kit...which wasnt much better, but failed less often), the hatch
frame has two joints in it, three pieces of hardware
pass thru the lens (creating more leak points and increasing their probability by being in flexi acrylic). Just a terrible design.
After yet another start of season repair things damaged by these damn leaky hatches and temporarily getting them to stop leaking (their flimsy/flexible design gaurantees they will leak again), Im ready to rip these damn things out and replace them with a better design, but what?
I would prefer a drop in solution which matches the existing hatches sizes as close as possible.
Lewmar makes at least 2 other series of hatches: a medium profile and their "Ocean" series...are these any better?
Better products by other manufacturers?
Suggestions, and real world experiences, appreciated!