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Circular Deck Access Plates
|Author||Topic: Circular Deck Access Plates|
posted 03-20-2007 05:51 PM ET (US)
I have a [1998 Boston Whaler OUTRAGE 20 which has two] round deck [access] plates, one in each of the aft compartemnts. I'm guessing them to be approximately 6-inches in diameter. Both of mine are leaking and need to be replaced. [Should I] replace both hatches with identical replacements or install larger ones in [their] place to facilitate greater access to wiring and plumbing? Has this before? Thanks in advance.
posted 03-20-2007 07:37 PM ET (US)
Replace the existing deck access plates with ones of identical size and from the same manufacturer. It would be extremely difficult to replace these access plates with larger ones. The deck mold is made for this size access plate. If you installed a larger one you would have to cut into the deck. This would probably not be easy to accomplish.
posted 03-21-2007 07:18 AM ET (US)
An obvious question, but have you considered whether it is the plates themselves that leak or is the leak just a result of the gaskets not sealing? If the leak is caused by the gaskets having taken a set and no longer sealing then you can simply replace the gaskets and not have to mess with new access plate installation.
posted 03-21-2007 03:39 PM ET (US)
I recently had to replace the starboard gasket on mine. The Port side is sealed in the bottom of the live-well. When I opened it was when I found my free Whaler goodies!
posted 03-21-2007 04:09 PM ET (US)
The original plates were made by Beckson, which is still a leading manufacturer of circular deck plates.
However, the color may be difficult to match, as I believe they've moved on to different color scheme for their products.
I would agree with the advice to investigate if it is simply the gasket. This is an easy fix and available either directly from Beckson (unknown), or you can buy the same size plate and use the new gasket.
posted 03-23-2007 09:06 AM ET (US)
You can order the gaskets off Beckson's website.
posted 03-26-2007 12:54 PM ET (US)
the port side is probably just a gasket, as the access plate does fit nice and snug. The starboard sized plate does not fit properly. This looks like it is due to someone trying to pry the plate open at a previous time. I'm hopeful a replacement plate maybe needed instead of a total(plate and base) replacement.
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