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Old 04-04-2022, 05:00   #16
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Re: Deck Hatches - another installment in the “back to the drawing board” series

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I wish you knew the exact situation, because your post really made me laugh actually. Lol. Laughing with you in this case of course. At a comical situation about the compartment size

Gaining some room inside the compartment is definitely not a priority.

Currently, the compartment is Somewhere between 7 and 8 feet deep. Ha ha ha.

Eventually, I need to make it less deep so that you can actually get in there and do things. Currently, it’s quite a drop to the bottom.

But in reality, I think I just need to go the easy way with this and have the lip. Just so much more simple. The system that’s in there now can act as a back up.

Yeah, that doesn't need more size. I was picturing something a few feet deep, but not quite that much. Sounds like it needs a ladder and maybe some shelves...
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Old 05-04-2022, 14:07   #17
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Re: Deck Hatches - another installment in the “back to the drawing board” series

I would taper the edges of the hatch and deck 45 degrees or more and place a soft gasket between them. Route out the core to add 'bog'/thickened resin. You may be able to make a channel for a gasket, though maybe not needed. The gutter should also have a gasket on contact with the hatch. Honestly, if the tapered gasket is done properly, no gutter and drain would be needed. You of course need a way to dog down the hatch tight to compress the seal.


Disclaimer. I have not built this.. nor did I read all the previous posts. Just my idea of how I'd go about it.

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Old 05-04-2022, 14:27   #18
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Re: Deck Hatches - another installment in the “back to the drawing board” series

Why not use fishing boat flush aluminum hatches. We know they weigh a lot but it will get you sailing and then you can always sell them easily when you swop them out with whatever you decide is best.
Always a great market for them.
I’ve seen some hatches from India ship wrecking yards but it might take too much time to ship.
Try the north west coast fishing supply houses.
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