Major blunder on Wooden duck hatches.

Welll i went and did this time. Used the hatch sill instead of the hatch spacer for my cut out. Now I am trying to figure out waht to do. I can cut the right size hole and glue the old cutout back in place leaving a nasty scar in the middle of the hatch, purchase an after market hatch. Not pretty. 

I'm out of yellow cedar strips to try and match patern of existing to make a new cover after cutting out the hole again.

Looking for any other ideas.

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RE: Major blunder on Wooden duck hatches.

Actually, not hard to fix and I have done this on three boats.  I use the CLC hatch kit on my strip race boats but hatches are too wide to fit in narrow boats.  I modifiy the hatch kits by cutting an inch or so out of the sill in the front and back, then butt join them together to mare a more narrow sill.  I then cut the spacers so that they fit on top of the sill as they should.  Then, I use the modified spacers to ouline the hatch cover before cutting it out. 

What I am suggesting is that you keep your cut out hatch cover and modify the sill to fit.  If you cut 3/4" from the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock positions, then glue it back together, you should have about 3/8" of a ledge for the cover to set on.  Now that I think about it, It would probably be just make a new sill if you have any extra Okoume laying around.  You will alos have to make/modify the spacers.

Picture below is the front hatch on my Yukon.  As you can see, it is much narrower than the standard forward hatch. 

Ask if you have questions.


RE: Major blunder on Wooden duck hatches.

   Thanks for that.  That was also one of my thoughts. then just living with a smaller hatch. By making my own sill and spacer I can save on space and free up some opening width.  

Thanks again for the quick response

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