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FISHNFF posted 08-28-2002 12:21 PM ET (US)   Profile for FISHNFF   Send Email to FISHNFF  
I remember reading a thread about the "defective" anchor hatches on some Whalers. I just checked
with the dealer and got the " i'm sorry, but the factory said only 1 year coverage." Fine. A new one
would be $178 for my 1998 Alert 17. For that, I will try a fix with a little help.

The top/outside part of the hatch is one piece gelcoat in the rough configuration of a clam shell. The
bottom/inside part is flat. Being a commercial it is gray gelcoat. There is a joining seam in beige
gelcoat that is cracking and allowing the pieces to separate with the help of moisture. Help! Do I just
route the cracking area out and fill it with gelcoat or MarineTex? The dealer advised resin and glass
around the gap to seal it. What do you think is the best way?


FISHNFF posted 09-01-2002 11:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
I didn't quite get the response I had hoped, so I tackled it by first routing out the ares with a Dremel tool. The Whalerboard? inside was wet and actually looked like wood. I opened up the area as much as I could to clear out the wet spots and let it dry for a day. I used MarineTex and color matched it the best I could (even though it is on the hatch underside) and filled the gap. I'll sand it smooth later. Time will tell, but it looks like a good fix.


JBCornwell posted 09-01-2002 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Not Whaleboard, Fishnff. Plywood. Whaleboard would be too heavy.

EBWC can make you a beautiful teak cover for less than a new one. Gil made one for my OR-18 that would knock your eyes out.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

FISHNFF posted 09-02-2002 12:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
Sorry, it's a 1998 Alert, and the wood, or wood like substance I was referring to was inbetween the fiberglass and gelcoat.

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