DYI inspection hatches?

MAArcher

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Can't believe the prices for inspection hatches. And can't even find a screw out one bigger than 8". Does anyone have any ideas or plans for a DYI hatch? I was thinking of grabbing a piece of 12"x12" aluminum diamond plate from home depot and some aluminum angle and welding something up but before I do was just wondering if anyone has already gone down this road.

Purpose of this hatch will be to access bilge. Prior owner of a skiff I have replaced transom and back half of deck and glassed it all in but hadn't put a hatch in yet. A little $20 8" plastic hatch would probably be fine to get a pump in there but I'd really prefer something like 12" x 12",
 

RobBaker

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Check out armstrongnautical.com
 

Snake8

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There are a few marine salvage places around you can find hatches but in my experience they are not cheap enough to justify one that leaks or the threads bind up. I would also stay away from any plastic ones bigger than 9" round, like those rectangle bomar ones. I think I went through three of them over 10-15 years on my old boat and I wish I had just bought a nice anchor hatch. It sucks, but with hatches you get what you pay for. The really good water tight ones will set you back. Having said all that, for a bilge pump inspection hatch on a non-commercial boat that is not in a high traffic area, those round plastic ones are not terrible and they are cheeeep. BTW just sent you my cell for that venison recipe.
 

John Hobby

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Did you try Beckson. They have some low profile deck hatches. Bomar makes a 10" round, 9" ID, white for $58.00, also other rectangle sizes. Look in Hamilton Marine.
 
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