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- 17/05/2007 at 8:41 pm #3487
Does anyone have any tips for replacing the original hatch cover catches on my early wooden Wayfarer? I contacted Porter Brothers but they are out of turn buttons and will not be restocking until there is more demand for them. I have not seen a picture of these so I’m not even sure what they are like. Does anyone know of an alternative?18/05/2007 at 10:55 am #5264krgoughParticipant
I think I have some of these (new from Porters) in my box of bits. I don’t need them anymore because I’ve got a fibreglass wayfarer now, without any hatches.
If you want them I can bung them in the post – Let me know.
PS I could send you a photo if you’ve not seen them before18/05/2007 at 5:36 pm #5265
Thanks for your kind offer. Would you mind sending a photo?
Jim18/05/2007 at 7:02 pm #5266krgoughParticipant
Here’s a picture of the turnbuckles. I only have 2 of them and only one striker plate (you’ll need four of each per hatch) but you are welcome to them if you want them.
Here’s a diagram of how you fit them – I think you may need an extra third nut on the bolt just under the turnbuckle to keep it sitting at a good height but to be honest I can’t remember.
PS – appologies for the atrocious spelling.
Keith [/img]18/05/2007 at 10:55 pm #5268
Thanks Keith I found this on the US Wayfarer site. They have used a block of wood to space it off.
I am trying Marathon Leisure who stock RWO products. I think they may have these. I may yet be glad of your fittings but I will need 8 for both hatches.
This guys website is quite interesting on repair. Really good photos.19/05/2007 at 8:53 am #5269AnonymousInactive
Try Protex Fasteners – they have a wide selection of catches, including overcentre catches suitable for the leading edge of the hatch. I have three of the type pictured above on the back edge and three on the leading adge as below (ignore the sleepy skipper).
29/05/2007 at 4:19 pm #5298
(just before I start, there is a parallel discussion on this topic I notice; see the posts there.
1. What stops the turnbuckles shown from coming undone?
2. What causes them to create a decent seal? Are they in some way on a cam so that as they are turned they compress the area they are fixing. if not I cant see how they can make a decent compressive seal.
Graham31/05/2007 at 7:54 pm #5301AnonymousInactive
There doesn’t need to be much pressure on the hatch. Too much and the hatch will bend and not seal. I have never had any difficulty with catches – just lean on the cover to slightly depress the seal and swing the catches into place. The trick is of course to mount the catches at just the right level!04/09/2007 at 9:13 pm #5824
I’m still looking for a source of these hatch cover closers; not the front, but the rear ones. Can anyone help?
Graham04/09/2007 at 11:28 pm #5829Dave BarkerKeymaster
It’s possible that Trident-UK may have the right ones. The web page doesn’t seem to have photos of these sorts of items, but they are listed at:-
The most likely candidates are towards the bottom of the page, but you may need to ring to check they’re what you need.22/09/2007 at 11:07 am #5956AnonymousInactive
I bought two this year.Only used one and still looking for the other to give you details.
Bought at Pirates Cave on Medway City estate near Rochester.
let me know if you want me to go and look in the shop
Roger 175930/09/2009 at 2:53 pm #8620
I have an idea for sealing the hatch this which may work:
First it involves fitting two short pieces of 1/4″ stainless bar which are screwed to the deck, stern side of the hatch using u shaped clamp fittings.
Lengths of cargo webbing are slipped round the bars.
The webbing then passes over the hatch and halfway down the tank. The straps could be clamped in place on the upright surface using what used to be referred to as “bonnet catches”. These are made of rubber and half a kind of locking mechanism that stop them coming unlatched.
graham30/09/2009 at 7:18 pm #8621tempest51Participant
Any chance of a sketch that illustrates your idea? I have recently made a new rear hatch but am not that impressed with the traditional turnbuckle system as it is very weak, in my view.
Tempest5130/09/2009 at 8:40 pm #8622
will do my best, and hopefully will make soon, and then test!02/10/2009 at 8:55 am #8628Colin ParkstoneParticipant
Gents, That idea has been used on Porter Wayfarers for some time.
Give him a call and he my have the kits made up to do the job for you!
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