- Mar 7, 2012
- Annapolis, MD
- Boat Make
- Herreshoff Coquina, 1972 Jarvis Newman 36, PT11
I have been considering putting in a couple of hatches in the platform under the pilothouse so that I have easy access to the top of the fuel tank connections. ABYC recommends this and it makes sense to me but I don't want to spend half a boat unit on each hatch. Anything less than that seems to be made out of a flimsy plastic. Anyone have experience with this? I am looking for something approximately 12"x12" or 12"x18" overall/net opening. The platform is paint over epoxy over 3/4" plywood. It is in an area of the pilothouse where it will be stepped on regularly. The metal hatches are also hot on bare feet in the Chesapeake summer sun. Any input would be helpful. Some examples that I have seen are from Bowmar, Starboard, Jim Black, Heatercraft and an unknown plastic molded version. All are $75-$300 depending on the build.