Light Weight Fish Cooker Hatches?

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  1. joel@vomhoko.com

    joel@vomhoko.com Well-Known Member

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    Has anybody had success fabbing lighter weight deck hatches for the fish hold?

    I was thinking about using an original hatch as a plug for glassing new, lighter weight (i.e., Divinycell or balsa core in lieu of plywood) hatches.

    Thanks! -jd
     
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    You might want to experiment a bit...

    Sometimes when hatches are too light they tend to vibrate, chatter and make noise.

    ...just my 3 cents worth...
     
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    joel@vomhoko.com Well-Known Member

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    The beasts are 15lbs each!
    Did they come out of the factory like this with the plywood?

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    I know the main deck hatch on my 260 was really heavy. I’d thought about removing the ply which was glassed over and grinding down the skin then putting some foam core in. It was way overbuilt. Then I came to my senses...
     
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    Iwarden, I agree. Had several hatches that were spongy where the lifting bolt was drilled through but the plywood around the hole never sealed. Was going to remove the plywood and replace with foam on the whole hatch . After starting wound up just cutting out the wet (actually soaked) 6” x 6” area of plywood and filled that area in with several layers solid fiberglass bring it to the original thickness. This gave a solid area to attach the new lifting ring without having to worry about future water intrusion.
     
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    which led you to do....?????
     
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    Drink a beer and realize I was going to sell it soon.
     
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