Our hatches are made to be durable and functional. We seldom get these requests, but have just completed a set for a client. This client had 5 of our hatches in his boat that were made in 2000. These 13 year old hatches had some wear but were in great shape overall. His problem was that some of the washers around the bolts were cracked and causing leakage. We freshened up his hatches with new bolts, washers, sleeves and dogs to hopefully last him another 13 years or more…. While in our shop, we also installed new gaskets as well. We will shortly be putting these parts in our regular stock, but if you have such a request, you can contact your local dealer, or we can send some pieces down to your local dealer for you.
Here is something a little unusual. We wanted to have something to show clients the difference between our hatches being anodized and not. Our anodizing supplier was able to do this for us. Right now, I’m going to be taking this to show to some local boatbuilders and get their feedback. We use a grade of aluminum for our hatches which offers the most durability to salt water, and the anodizing goes a step further and protects your investment.
With the winter season in full swing, we’re getting lots of inquiries from individuals doing maintenance on their boats, and of course, their hatches! Being subjected to expected use, and over time, the gasket on our hatches eventually takes a toll and doesn’t perform like when it was new. Should you find that your hatch is in need of a new gasket, your local boatbuilder, or boating supply retailer should be able to provide you with some. Our Anchor Hatch gasket is a triangular neoprene gasket which is self adhesive. The triangular neoprene compresses the right amount when dogged to keep your hatch secure and keep the water out.
If you are changing the gasket yourself, make sure the old gasket is removed, along with the old adhesive. You can use a small handheld propane torch to warm it up a bit to allow for the old adhesive to soften. Make sure it’s not warmed up too much with the torch, or that the flame is too concentrated You’ll notice the moisture moving away from the edge. The hatch cover should be at least 80 degrees F for the new gasket’s adhesive to adhere (little bit more than room temperature). A plastic scraper can be used to remove the bulk of the old gasket. A screwdriver or metal scraper would not be recommended to remove the adhesive, as it may gouge the hatch and the anodized coating. The new gasket should also be warm, at least to room temperature, for the adhesive to work well. Lastly we normally use an adhesive to glue the two joining pieces to assure a good seal.