Replacing a Sailboat Hatch Replacing a Sailboat Hatch

What You'll Need
Screwdriver
Scrapper (of plastic)
Steel screws
Acetone
Soft old rags
A tube
New hatch (It must be of the same size as the old one)

Sailboat hatch is commonly seen on big boats. A hatch needs replacement when it gets damaged due to corrosion caused by seawater, exposure to harsh sunlight etc. Replacing a sailboat hatch with a new one is a task made easy if the right steps are followed.

Step 1: Unscrew the Screws

Remove the screws slowly with the help of a screw driver. Preserve them as you will need them when you install the new hatch.

Step 2: Remove the Old Hatch

Use the screw driver to remove the old hatch. With the help of a plastic sealer remove the old plastic sealant.

Step 3: Soften the Sealant

Next use the acetone to make the sealant soft and clean the area using rags.

Step 4: Placing the New Hatch

Apply sealant under the sealing flange. Take help of another person and place the hatch to its place where the screws need to be attached. Now its time to place the screws to back to its place. Tighten the screws firmly (do not over tighten). You can use acetone to remove any excess glue that came out from the hatch when it was being drawn downwards. Your new sailboat hatch is now ready.

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