Whether you own a small cabin cruiser or a large fishing boat with a full interior cabin under the deck, the inner quarters are only as good as the hatch door that protects the space. Unfortunately, a lot of boat owners neglect to give the hatch the attention it really deserves and find one day that the cabin of their boat is damp, dank, and moldy because of it. When you have a hatch on board that is supposed to be watertight, you do have to pay attention to this entry fixture and replace it as often as needed to protect the life of your boat. Take a look at a few tips you should use to assess the quality of the hatch on your boat:
Take a careful look at the seals that surround the hatch.
The sals around the hatch door serve the crucial purpose of keeping out even the smallest particle of moisture. While the door itself blocks out most water from up on the deck, if the seals are in bad shape, it can mean moisture will seep in around the edges. So take a look at the seals around the hatch and look for:
- Signs of brittleness
- Cracks and gaps
- Missing pieces
Thankfully, these seals can usually be replaced, but this is one maintenance task you should never overlook.
Check the resiliency of the hatch wheel.
Most hatch doors have a wheel in place that you turn to pull the door downward and apply ample pressure to the seals for an air-tight and watertight closure. Over the years, this closing wheel can get put through a lot and sometimes the wheels do fail. Make sure the closure wheel on the hatch door freely moves when you turn it and does not get stuck before it ever reaches its fully closed position. If it does, it can mean the threaded base the door is on is stripped.
Test the watertight properties of the door.
It is always a good idea to actually test the hatch for water-tightness by closing it completely, having someone inside the cabin to observe, and then slowly pouring or spraying water over te hatch door. The person inside the cabin should have a flashlight to be on the lookout for signs of drips or problems. This is the easiest way to ensure your water tight hatch is actually working as it should and is a test you should perform on a regular basis.
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