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drd posted 03-20-2007 05:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for drd   Send Email to drd  
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.
jimh posted 03-20-2007 07:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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.
HawaiianWhaler posted 03-21-2007 07:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for HawaiianWhaler  Send Email to HawaiianWhaler     
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.
mfclapp posted 03-21-2007 03:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for mfclapp  Send Email to mfclapp     
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!

Tight Lines
Big Red

Buckda posted 03-21-2007 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
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.

btb posted 03-23-2007 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for btb  Send Email to btb     
You can order the gaskets off Beckson's website.
drd posted 03-26-2007 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for drd  Send Email to drd     
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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