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tvon posted 03-24-2003 06:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for tvon   Send Email to tvon  
I've got a 94 21 Outrage that is mint other than two relatively new problems. The hatch covers for both the front triangular shaped hatch cover and the port in floor fishbox hatch are getting soft. It is due to some cracks forming on the hatches near the rear hinges. I either need to replace these hatches or find some way to re-strengthen the hatches before they really crack. Right now it's just a nuisance.
I'm looking for either workable or creative ideas. I look forward to the solutions!!!!


jayar posted 03-24-2003 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for jayar  Send Email to jayar     
The front hatches on my 24 ft Outrage had the same problem. Cracks along the bottom edges and cracks at the latches caused the problem. Water leached into the balsa core and rotted it quickly. With the help of my friend that does fiberglass work, we attacked the problem. We removed the surface on the bottom side of the hatches, removed the rotted core areas only, replaced it with a non-wood material and a lot of resin. It was a tedious job, but was done in the off season when time permitted. It turned out to be a great professional repair job because my friend had experience with this stuff. I'm not sure what new hatches would cost, but you may want to consider it.
tunnaman88 posted 03-25-2003 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for tunnaman88  Send Email to tunnaman88     
I have the same problem with my 91'16sl.
I'm in the process of redoing the hatch the same way as descibed. Jusy curious what"non-wood" materials were being used? Would treated plywood work? Did put fiber glass over the material before putting the back on?Any feed back in how it worked and the process would be great!
tvon posted 03-26-2003 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for tvon  Send Email to tvon     
I think I may need a little more clarification on the repair.

So I understand this repair technique properly, you ground out the bottom of the hatch cover until you found the rotted wood, removed the rotted wood, replaced it with something new, and then reglassed it? I assume you patched up the spider cracks on the top by the hinges as well?

How did you manage not to crack it up when you removed the wood core? My hatches are only about 1/2" to 3/4" thick?



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