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Install a new hatch on your boat

Replacing old and damaged hatches on your boat is not a difficult or time consuming task. You will only need a few tools to replace the hatch. You will need some starboard (poly-sheets), screws, hinges, a drill, a saw, a screw driver, sealant and a sander.

Using the old hatch cover as a guide draw an outline on the starboard for your new hatch cover. Then using a saw and a guide cut out the hatch covers and sand the corners down so they aren't sharp and to round the edges all the way around.

If you need to add a finger hole to lift the hatch, measure and mark the place where you want to add the hole. Using a hole saw drill out the hole and sand out the inside and edges to make sure there are no sharp or jutting edges.

Go to the boat and using epoxy or an equivalent sealant to fill the old screw holes. Wait for the sealant to cure before moving on to the next step.

Lay the hatch cover over the hole on the boat and align the hinge and draw in where the screws go. Take your drill and make a hole for the screws to go in. fill the holes with sealant and screw the screws into the holes through the hinge. If there is any sealant overflow wipe it up carefully with a cloth. On the other side of the hinge repeat the previous steps being careful not to drill all the way through.

Once you have attached both of the hinges you are all ready to go!

Happy sailing!

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