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Old 10-04-2018, 09:10 PM   #21
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24" square hatch with clear glass over our bed. We love to lie in bed and watch the stars .... oh yeah, Sharon always wanted crown moulding with hidden lighting.
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:29 PM   #22
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Another advantage of a large hatch forward is when the weather is such that walking on deck would be unsafe, you might be able to handle things from the relative safety of your bunk through the hatch.

A cool breeze at anchor is wonderful. Watching the moon and stars is a favorite pastime. And when it starts to rain you will wake up and close all the rest of your windows and portlights.



The raised deck is critical so water can't overwhelm your hatch drainage system. I added foam too, along with a screen.
Article here: Screening My Hatch (eBay advice) article on janice142

Good luck. Put my vote down for a big hatch directly above the bunk please.
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Old 10-05-2018, 04:22 AM   #23
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...but that vessel was in Washington State where they never get any weather at anchor...
Interesting - where do you think we DO get weather? Only at the dock? Only underway? Curious about this...
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Old 10-05-2018, 06:00 AM   #24
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If you go for an added hatch , take a look at the French Goiot line.

If there still offered ,look for hatches built to be opened from either end ,from inside with no pin changes or hassle.

We have them on our 90/90 and they are great .
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:31 AM   #25
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GFC - that video looks like some good, clean fun!

Refugio - sorry, that was a joke based on Washington's well earned reputation for rain. I first learned to sail there - after the first year or two we decided if you wanted to catch the wind, you needed to sail in the rain; if you wanted sun, you had to be prepared to motor.
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Old 10-12-2018, 01:05 PM   #26
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I have a 40' ocean yacht that has a hatch located in the center of the berth. Makes a great vent as well as an access point fir emergencies. As long as the latches and seal are good should last. Flex seal is also great for sealing any outside points
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Old 10-12-2018, 03:47 PM   #27
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Most hatches start to drip after about 20 years. Itís a 1-2 hour job to renew the seal and youíre good for another 20.
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:33 AM   #28
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Should you install a hatch , be sure to include an automatic rain hatch closer.

This is a small triangle of wood mounted (glued) in a corner with a hole that will pass a chop stick, but not pass a std sized aspirin.

On leaving the hatch is propped open by resting the chop stick on the aspirin.

A bit of rain , and gravity is your friend.


Enjoy!
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:20 AM   #29
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I have a Lewmar 60 hatch in the front cabin which is situated just at the foot of the double berth. I thoroughly recommend fitting it (opening forward) on a glassed in curb. You can also buy an interior Lewmar roller blind/insect screen which is a great job.
On the outside I would recommend a waterproof insulated cover securely attached with press studs to stop condensation and conserve heat in the winter, also for use on excessively hot days when the heat would cause premature aging of the roller blind.
Before you start engines you should have a checklist, be sure to add 'Close all hatches' to the list.
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I have a Lewmar Ocean, it has a lip around the frame edge that keeps water out in a couple of different height profiles. I can open the hatch slightly for ventilation even while it's raining and no water comes in unless driven by the wind (hard). It might be uncomfortable to crawl out over the lip if you used it regularly for egress but in an emergency you for sure wouldn't notice it.

Mine is a skylight in the pilot house cabin roof, replacing a spot light that leaked into the core. The Bomar in my bedroom has no lip, and until I replaced the seal a hard driven wind could push water through the seal and it dripped on my pillow. A new seal was easy to install and 100% solved the issue.

Many hatch designs will not leak with a good gasket seal, many others have a lip to prevent the issue.
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Another advantage of a large hatch forward is when the weather is such that walking on deck would be unsafe, you might be able to handle things from the relative safety of your bunk through the hatch....
Yup! We don't have wide side decks, so going forward means walking on the cap rail on top of the bulwarks and holding on to the grab rails on the cabin sides. When the weather gets up during a night at anchor or on a mooring buoy, it's occasionally necessary to go out and check for chafe, adjust things, etc. Using the hatch makes this much more comfortable and safe.

FF, the old aspirin trick! Haven't thought of that for years and years. Of course, nowadays most aspirin are enteric coated, so you'd want to be sure and buy chewable 81 mg aspirin tablets, formerly called "Children's" aspirin. Rather than the little wood triangle I had a brass screw eye that the tablet just fit in. I never did get to see it tested in a rain! I wonder how long it takes to really dissolve.
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+1 for the hatch and I agree that if given the option, I'd choose for a hatch away from overhead the berth. I also use this at anchor for the breeze through the cabins.

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Got a 20” Bomar hatch over the forward berth.
It is leaking...
The hatch is probably original 2001, Bomar 1039.
Gasket looks tired, did an Amazon and Google search, but no hits for my specific hatch, most results are gaskets by the foot.
Any idea how to narrow it down to my exact model and type hatch?
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:18 PM   #34
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Silly question maybe but have you contacted Bomar themselves?
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BOMAR - Pompanette, LLC - Marine Hatches and Portlights

The odds are good they can help even if they won't sell directly to you.
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Silly question maybe but have you contacted Bomar themselves?
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BOMAR - Pompanette, LLC - Marine Hatches and Portlights

The odds are good they can help even if they won't sell directly to you.
No, not contacted Bomar...yet.
Every time I have a problem, or a question, it is after 4PM Friday. Like clockwork..
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Old 02-04-2019, 07:58 AM   #36
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"It doesn't matter if it leaks or was accidently left open and your conehead boat neighbor washes his boat and now your bunk is wet."

You bet "stuff happens".

A Dorade vent over the bunks will bring in all the air needed , esp with a computer fan and can easily be screened.

A hatch over the companionway can leak in to the cabin sole with out flooding the bunk.

Down Island some folks rig an automatic hatch closer so the boat can ventilate when ashore.

It consists of a small wooden triangle , glued in the hatch corner.

An aspirin is placed on a hole in the block , with a chop stick that fits the hole placed on the aspirin.

Works!
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