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dalehollow
03-14-2013, 07:24 AM
Anyone seen a designed hatch hinge for the inside hatch (32X32- 3/4" thick plywood plus covering), for a houseboat salon.
Hope to locate a source.

OLD HOUSEBOATER
03-14-2013, 02:24 PM
Check Lowes.

Stmbtwle
03-14-2013, 06:48 PM
We'll need a better description of what it is you're trying to do. I use ordinary surface-mount marine hinges. If you want "hidden" hinges you can get narrow hinges and fasten them into the edge of the hatch (and the coaming) with long thin screws. Those are probably available at any home store.

dalehollow
03-15-2013, 05:25 AM
We'll need a better description of what it is you're trying to do. I use ordinary surface-mount marine hinges. If you want "hidden" hinges you can get narrow hinges and fasten thjust finishing laying a hardwood floor,

Ill assume you understand what a typical 32 inch square 3/4 inch thick plywood lid covered originally in carpet an tucked. With the new floor, lifting out the lid becomes isn't so much an issue but placing it about on new flooring is not desirable. So thinking out loud is there a hinge any of you have seen that is mounted under neath out of sight, w/possible shock mount much like on autos to hold it open

em into the edge of the hatch (and the coaming) with long thin screws. Those are probably available at any home store.

(we'll need)just finishing laying a new hardwood floor, before ther floor was carpet Ill assume you understand what a typical 32 inch square 3/4 inch thick plywood lid covered originally in carpet an tucked. looks like as the hatch lid in the salon. With the new floor, lifting out the lid isn't so much an issue but placing it about on new flooring is not desirable. So thinking out loud is there a hinge any of you have seen that is mounted under neath out of sight, w/possible shock mount much like on autos to hold it open.....

Stmbtwle
03-15-2013, 11:33 AM
These folks have lots of various hinges: http://www.woodcraft.com/category/1002217/hinges.aspx Seems they have about any type you might be interested in, and several types of "invisible" hinges (they're proud of them too). The gas-shock thing you'll probably have to buy at an auto store and adapt.

If you're just worried about the hatch scratching the flooring, you could simply glue (not staple) old carpet to the underside. This seems to me the simplest and probably cheapest approach. If you are using hinges a piece of nylon cord or light chain fastened to the underside of the hatch and to the coaming will keep the hatch from opening too far and scratching the flooring. A 32" square of plywood isn't all that heavy, I think a gas shock would be overkill.

I used ordinary stainless hinges from Worst Marine... no they're NOT hidden and I was careful to locate them where they wouldn't bite bare feet, but they work very well and are not unattractive.

Piano hinges and narrow butt hinges can be installed between the edge of the hatch and the side of the coaming, (like the hinges on your front door) and all you'll be able to see will be the edge of the hinge. If you're not opening the hatch a full 180 degrees you can set them nearly flush and they won't hurt bare feet.

dalehollow
03-15-2013, 05:41 PM
These folks have lots of various hinges: http://www.woodcraft.com/category/1002217/hinges.aspx Seems they have about any type you might be interested in, and several types of "invisible" hinges (they're proud of them too). The gas-shock thing you'll probably have to buy at an auto store and adapt.

If you're just worried about the hatch scratching the flooring, you could simply glue (not staple) old carpet to the underside. This seems to me the simplest and probably cheapest approach. If you are using hinges a piece of nylon cord or light chain fastened to the underside of the hatch and to the coaming will keep the hatch from opening too far and scratching the flooring. A 32" square of plywood isn't all that heavy, I think a gas shock would be overkill.

I used ordinary stainless hinges from Worst Marine... no they're NOT hidden and I was careful to locate them where they wouldn't bite bare feet, but they work very well and are not unattractive.

Piano hinges and narrow butt hinges can be installed between the edge of the hatch and the side of the coaming, (like the hinges on your front door) and all you'll be able to see will be the edge of the hinge. If you're not opening the hatch a full 180 degrees you can set them nearly flush and they won't hurt bare feet.

some how you left off duct tape (hows that for 7 words) I appreciate the thought u have put in this, ill pass,

Stmbtwle
03-16-2013, 04:03 AM
Sorry, never thought of the duct tape.

There are these: http://www.cpperformance.com/p-318-polished-stainless-steel-long-hidden-hatch-hinges.aspx
or these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Marine-Billet-Aluminum-Hidden-Hatch-Hinges-Polished-/250962266828

If you want really fancy you could contact these guys: http://www.freemanmarine.com/Hatches3430.htm They might even have them in remote control.

dalehollow
03-17-2013, 06:47 AM
Sorry, never thought of the duct tape.

There are these: http://www.cpperformance.com/p-318-polished-stainless-steel-long-hidden-hatch-hinges.aspx
or these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Marine-Billet-Aluminum-Hidden-Hatch-Hinges-Polished-/250962266828

If you want really fancy you could contact these guys: http://www.freemanmarine.com/Hatches3430.htm They might even have them in remote control.


now thtas what im looking for, ball is in my court 200$, is a nut.

SinOrSwim
03-17-2013, 07:45 AM
My inside hatches don't have hinges. The lift completely out. The handle is recessed into the floor so your feet don't hit. Grab the latch it pulls up a little and you can lift the whole hatch/lid out of the area and set to the side. Just another option.

dalehollow
03-17-2013, 08:48 AM
Sin thats the style we are replacing, even b4 the renovation i wasnt a big fan of lifting that lid out sitting it aside. We all have those areas that we d like a do over,

Stmbtwle
03-17-2013, 12:50 PM
Lifting out a loose hatch lid is a pain, even more so is putting it back. But the price of those fancy hinges would take me over 100 mi...

OLD HOUSEBOATER
03-18-2013, 08:43 AM
Check out autmotive trunk hinges.

dalehollow
03-19-2013, 05:48 PM
shut it down, stumble won he had the link to the hinge i needed, its ordered, & thanks for input from all, In 7 words or less.

horrible when shipping is more than product,

for some: if you jump over the gate, you wont ware out the hinge, my brother always reminded me of that saying when I cried about cost, as he would dig me.

desimulacra
03-20-2013, 03:56 AM
EBAY "marine hinge" example = http://www.ebay.com/itm/SEACHOICE-MARINE-BOAT-UTILITY-HINGE-2-7-8-x-1-1-2-STAINLESS-PAIR-50-34151-/271132195407?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item3f20bcfa4f&vxp=mtr

SinOrSwim
03-24-2013, 01:05 PM
That makes sense. We all have aspects that don't bother others but bug the heck out of us. Mine is carpeted and is very simple so it doesn't cause me any pain or trouble. To each their own I say and I'm glad you found the hinge you want. I agree with you on the cost issue. If it's really what you want, then it doesn't matter.

Would love to see pictures of the renovations when you are done.