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Thread: "Sticky Bilge Hatches"

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Sticky Bilge Hatches


Frank and Melanie Scalfano

The hatches covering the bilge/water tanks under the sole of my boat have been almost impossible to remove for several months since last fall. I assumed it was a seasonal, moisture related thing, but now that it is warmer, I worry that it is something I should worry about. Is it?

Frank


Bud Taplin
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The wood has probably swelled up, and has not shrunk back down. Probably best to trim some off of the edge of the hatch. On most boats, the underside of the hatch is not sealed, so the hatch absorbs moisture and swells up. Better to seal all surfaces of the hatch with saturating epoxy, except for the teak flooring if it is installed.


Frank and Melanie Scalfano

I do have the holly and teak sole, but I have to admit that I do not know if the underside is sealed. I will do so.

Frank

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