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BW23 posted 11-05-2002 09:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for BW23   Send Email to BW23  
A few weeks a go I started a thread about gel coat cracks on my 97 23 Conquest. I recently removed the anchor storage hatch and was preparing to get repair estimates. I also called a BW dealer and they checked on pricing to purchase a new one. Hard to believe a new one was only $150.00 with 3-4 week delivery. I'm happy with the price but disappointed with the BW quality after only 5 seasons. Poor quality control attributed to the cracks and de-lamination. This is my 1st BW and I hope the other hatches hold up better than this one. Otherwise I love the boat.


jimh posted 11-06-2002 11:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
If my memory is correct, I think you will find some other complaints about Whaler's hatches form that same era if you search through some older postings.

It sounds like they had a problem with them. If it is any consolation, the anchor locker hatch on my 1987 has a crack in it (on the underside). I repaired it with some thickened West System epoxy. It was not a big deal since it was not visible.

tim2me posted 11-12-2002 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for tim2me  Send Email to tim2me     
i HAD THE STARBORD FLOOR HATCH REPLACED THE FIRST SEASON. They replaced no charge. I would not expect it because of the quality of the company and the cost of the boat. Did they cover the cost after the 5 years or part of it. I have the 98.
BW23 posted 11-12-2002 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     
I had to pay the $150.00 out of pocket. Just the cost of have a detail oriented boat.
tim2me posted 11-13-2002 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for tim2me  Send Email to tim2me     
They sure know how to say its you fault and not theirs. I mean how much would they loose by backing up the product. We probably paid 10 k more than we had to. That hatch should have given to at %50 off according to their 10 year (ha! ha!) guarentee.

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