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Weakening fish box covers
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posted 03-24-2003 05:24 PM ET (US)
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!!!!
posted 03-24-2003 06:02 PM ET (US)
When I bought the '81 OR-18 that GEP now has, the front locker cover was missing.
Being a classic lover, I asked Gil Breuer at EBWC to make me one of 1" teak. The result was spectacular, like a piece of Danish furniture, and cost me less than half what BW wanted for a new one.
Only downside: Like many artisans, Gil takes whatever time is required to get it right.
Just a thought. Good luck.
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posted 03-26-2003 02:30 PM ET (US)
If I had any teak or mahogony on the boat I could see this as a good solution. However, my boat is all fiberglass on the inside.
I was thinking about getting some aluminum cut to the shape of the hatch and bolt the hinges through those to add strength.
posted 03-26-2003 06:24 PM ET (US)
If I were you, I would seriously consider a product called Star Board. It is a hi tech polymer that is colored, comes in sheets of various thicknesses, and can be cut with woodworking tools. It takes screws and bolts and will never rot. Ideal!
I hear it repeatly endorsed for a project like your hatches. You can get all the details here: http://www.buckwoodcraft.com/king_starboard.htm
Hope this helps. Let us know how you make out!
posted 03-28-2003 04:21 PM ET (US)
I'm familiar with Starboard but I like the look of the original hatches. I'm going to take it to a fiberglass shop next week to see what the experts say.
posted 03-28-2003 08:40 PM ET (US)
All the hatches on my 1999 Conquest are delaminating to some degree.
This doesn't help much, I know. But I don't think BW exerts the same effort in regards to it's hatch covers as it does to their hulls.
posted 03-29-2003 11:25 AM ET (US)
It's regular reports like those contained above that keep the old die-hards like me in our "classic" state o'mind. The bow locker cover on mah present 1986 18' is rock solid after many years of hard labor, much of it served under mah big carcass. Hope the boys and girls at the Brunswick information office that follow this site are payin' attention. Just no reason t'cut corners such that the product begins to fail within just a few years (1999 mentioned above).
tvon, have you called BW to see what if anything they'll do with the problem from an integrity issue? Brunswick didn't own Whaler in '94, so that may like hollerin' down a well, but couldn’t hurt. Otherwise, a good glass man should be able to shore up the original cover for you from the bottom and inside, where it'll still look un-retouched on the surface decking.
posted 04-03-2003 09:22 AM ET (US)
I called Whaler and they told me they have not heard of any widespread problems with the lids. I was directed to the local Whaler dealer in Jax.
The local dealerlooked at it and of course they said that would probably happen with any hatch cover after 9 years or so. In other words, it's just normal wear and tear. I'd also like to add that the Whaler dealership here changed about two years ago, so it is very likely that they don't see to many mid 90's or older Whalers.
Off to the fiberglass repair shop........
posted 04-03-2003 04:56 PM ET (US)
I just replaced the anchor storage cover on my 97 23' Con. It was only $150.00 that should not have to be spent on a 6 year old boat!!!!!!
De-lamination due to poor design and quality control. When the order came in I questioned some imperfections of the new one. He re-ordered me another one that was marginally better.
Good luck at the glass shop.
posted 04-08-2003 10:35 PM ET (US)
Wow. I shudder to think what it would cost to replace both my anchor locker and fishbox covers...
I've decided to live with mine, as they are still structurally sound (they'll support my 280lb bulk), and my dealer isn't worth dealing with, no pun intended.
When it comes time to bite the bullet, I may just have them rebuilt by a local outfit.
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