April 3, 2020 at 2:16 pm #2966
Anyone built one?
i know that structurally I will need to reinforce, especially under the galley, but I am more concerned with waterproofing.
Don’t want to just install a marine hatch. Would like to keep the wood look.
chewy in Berkeley CA
April 4, 2020 at 3:06 pm #2970jmb_buildsParticipant
- This topic was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by mudfud. Reason: Misspelled hatch
Have not built one into my camper, but designed some for ocean going ships. You need some gasket between your hatch cover and the coaming, I assume that’s clear. Then you need to apply sufficient pressure evenly across the whole gasket area to prevent water ingress. On the CLC kayaks, they use small toggles, but I doubt they will be able to sustain highway speed and vibration. Depending on the purpose of the hatch, I believe the design can become quite complex. How do you want to use it? Escape hatch? Additional ventilation? To be opened from the inside, outside, or both? So many questions 😉April 5, 2020 at 4:09 am #2971
Just for loading stuff easily from the outside. Sleeping bags, duffle, and to make it easier to clean out.
I was thinking of cutting a square opening then building a rim and using some kind of weather stripping on the door that compress with locking latches, hinged at the bottom?April 5, 2020 at 5:46 am #2972jmb_buildsParticipant
Sounds good! I would fit a rim to the hatch cover in order to reinforce it, and to have a ‘pressure edge’ (non-english writer here, so I’m not sure about the exact term) that creates some interlocking with the seal. I doubt that an all-flat cover would be waterproof for long.April 5, 2020 at 5:56 am #2973
Yes. I thought a reinforcing rim, to stiffen the piece, would be needed
i will post pix if I get the nerve to do this.
thanks!February 26, 2022 at 7:36 pm #4212venablemeParticipant
Were you able to work out a system?
I am thinking about making a door in transom as extra galley space: water and such. We are short and don’t need as much foot room.February 27, 2022 at 1:57 am #4215
I did not cut the extra hatch. Figured there was enough access, and I didn’t want to effect the strength.
I did, however, make a box underneath, similar to the one they sell, with marine hatches on the side, which really provides lots of extra storage space.March 10, 2022 at 12:13 am #4218pwebster25Participant
Got any pics of your box underneath?March 10, 2022 at 4:24 am #4220March 10, 2022 at 4:26 am #4221
having trouble w uploads from phone
March 10, 2022 at 8:12 am #4223pwebster25Participant
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Thanks for sharing. How do you access your boxes? I don’t see doors or hatches in the side. I assume drawers in the back, but…
Do you have floor access?
How well has yours sealed?March 10, 2022 at 10:20 am #4225March 10, 2022 at 10:21 am #4226March 10, 2022 at 10:22 am #4227
I didn’t want to cut through the floor. Sealed w automotive type stick on bead.
mostly water resistant
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