Deck Plates Open Quickly with Versatile Key

April 2022 News

Deck plates provide a convenient way to access often inaccessible parts of a boat. But over time, exposure to salt and grime can make opening them difficult. The DPA-4 Deck Plate Key from Beckson Marine is the simple, inexpensive solution to removing even the most stubborn cover.

A three-in-one tool, the DPA-4 Deck Plate Key will open a wide range of deck plates. Two nubs on the tool's edge are used as a spanner wrench for screw-out types. A pry-out blade is on one end for pop-off covers and a drain plug slot on the other. Because robust leverage is often needed, it's manufactured from durable high-strength acetal resin that won't rust or corrode, yet resists deformation.

Measuring 7" L x 1" W, the Beckson Marine DPA-4 Deck Plate Key is bright yellow for quick identification in a dark drawer or if dropped overboard in shallow water. The drain plug slot is perfect for hanging the tool or attaching it to a tether or keyring. It costs $7.40.

Contact Beckson Marine, 165 Holland Ave., Bridgeport, CT  06605. Email:; Visit

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