Soon, we will have our new Anchor Hatch logo machined on our hatches by our in-house CNC machine. Today, I just picked up our first sample from our anodizing supplier to evaluate. What are your thoughts on it?
Although not as common; we do get inquiries on our larger hatches to have a smaller access hatch. Here is a recent example where we did 2 of these for a client. The anodized hatch measures 48″ x 48″, and the smaller hatch in the centre is one of our 12×12 Quick Release (ANC QR 1212) models. We also installed some more solid lift handles as opposed to the lift rings on our regular models.
Here is something a little out of the norm for us, and came as a result of customer requests. This door is made to still keep the water out like our regular hatches, but is powdercoated white to not have as much of an industrial look. The compression lock on this door can be locked with a key, and the studs welded on the back of the frame add to the security of this door. It is also hinged, so that it will be fixed to the floor or wall of your vessel and does not need any tools to operate.
At P&E Manufacturing, we take quality seriously with our Anchor Hatches brand. In our early days, we could build hatches cheaper and faster, but they didn’t last! Even by using 1/4″ 5086 H112 marine-grade aluminum (which is one of the best combinations of aluminum to combat corrosion) it still wasn’t durable enough for our client’s harsh environment in the humid, salty waters off Canada’s east coast.
Then, we raised the bar in the industry by anodizing our hatch covers; and it made a world of difference to our clients! Since the hatch covers wouldn’t corrode, the gasket would stay adhered, prevent leaking, and would extend the life of the hatch 2-3 times of what it used to be. We take pride in knowing that our produts are rugged and sturdy, but also are a long-lasting investment on your boat. To our knowledge, we may be the only hatch supplier who takes this extra step in all our products. We cut and form the hatch before this pro-grade protection to ensure that the critical bolt holes and edges get anodized.
Here is a detailed description of the anodizing process from our supplier:
Anodizing involves the formation of a protective aluminum oxide film on the aluminum surface by means of an electro-chemical process, giving it a durable non-toxic and easy to maintain surface. The aluminum goes through a variety of chemical baths to clean and prepare the surface for anodizing. In the anodizing tank the extrusions are immersed in an electrolyte (water containing 5% sulfuric acid) and when an electric current is passed through, negatively charged anions migrate to the aluminum where the oxygen from the water combines with the aluminum to form an aluminum oxide film approximately 4 to 7 microns thick (Clear Anodized). From this process a further step can be taken if an electrlyte coloring (two step anodizing) is specified. The aluminum is immersed into a bath where an alternating current is applied to deposit a metal coloring agent at the base of the pores of the anodic coating. The coloring agent consists of tin sulfate and sulfuric acid. The AC voltage is applied from 20 seconds to ten minutes, depending on the color required. Colors range from champagne, light, medium, architectural & dark bronze and black. The final step is to seal the open pores in a high temperature sealing solution to close the pores for the anodic coating. The sealing provides protection against weathering, fading and corrosion resistance.
Here is another stainless steel residential product. This client brought us his stainless steel BBQ and wanted a stand with storage built around it – to fit in the 8ft wide area he got specifically landscaped for it. Everybody in the shop was very impressed with this item and it was very well received by the client and his staff which were on hand to help unload and install it.
This is a product we made for a local retail home show in February 2012. We were part of a cluster of booths with other companies to make a real living area. The fridge was supplied by Lawsons Signature kitchens and the countertop is made of concrete by Reg Noel Design. Combined, the product was very well received.
Here is a photo of a railing we made for a high end residential home. Although a bit out of our normal marine work, our skilled fabricators have very good attention to detail. The finished product was very well liked by the clients, who have come back to us for repeat work. Have a look and let us know your thoughts.