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ratherwhalering posted 11-19-2002 11:51 AM ET (US)   Profile for ratherwhalering   Send Email to ratherwhalering  
This is a follow-up to a thread in which I was attempting to devise a means to secure the front locker in my Montauk.
After accidently tearing out the wood screws in my 87's front hatch, I ended up drilling out the old holes and securing the hinges to the hatch with tee-nuts and machine screws. Great fix, but I also needed a method to secure the hatch from opening while running through swells/chop. The velcro obviously didn't do the trick.
So here it is. I took a 3' section of 3/8" bungee cord, doubled it over, and tied a stopper knot in the end. I slipped a 1.5" washer (1/2" hole) over the loop end and snugged the washer down to the stopper knot. I opened the hatch and fed the top of the loop through the finger hole. The washer and knot prevent the bungee from pulling through the hole.
I close the hatch and secure the loop to my pedistal seat mount. Works great, and keeps the locker closed. For those without a pedistal seat mount, you could use a Perkos utility hook. These are very small, with a 1/4" opening, and only requires one #6 screw to mount. (
whalertim posted 11-19-2002 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
I had the same problem. I mounted a small catch on the inside of the lid. (Same as the ones you hook a binimi strap too) Also one to the front inside of the anchor locker. Placed a small bungee cord between the two. Problem solved!.
ratherwhalering posted 11-19-2002 12:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Good idea...that would keep the bungee from falling out when not in use. I just slid a rubber washer over the top, but I like that idea better!
Bigshot posted 11-19-2002 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Be careful mounting hooks, hinges etc outside on the deck or bulkhead. One slip or stub and you'll need some stitches.
ratherwhalering posted 11-19-2002 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I can't count the times I've run into the pedestal seat mount. I have never used the thing, but the mounting holes are too gruesome to expose. Makes for a nice table holder, though.
Sixer posted 11-19-2002 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sixer    
I found some stuff, looks like velcro, but is hard plastic on both sides, like two bruches that got stuck together. The ends have little barbs on them. Applied just like velcro and holds the hatch down VERY well. Too well in fact, with the first try I used about 2 inches on each side, could hardly get the hatch open. Down to 1 inch per side, no problems. Nothing protrudes outside the edge of the hatch, and no rattles. I'll try to get the name and post it here.
Sixer posted 11-19-2002 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sixer    
Made by Velcro and 3M.

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