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kerk fisher

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We have a 90, #1102, and the sliding companionway hatch scrapes the coach top because there's no clearance as it gets to be about half way closed. Fiberglass on the top of the sliding hatch is beginning to be scraped away, and it's hard to pull the hatch closed.  Nothing seems to be damaged, such as the coach top being flattened, and the teak piece is undamaged.  I've seen another '90 just a few #'s away and there is a good 1/2+ inch clearance all the way closed. I've taken pix and thought of sending to Gerry Butler--is this a manufacturing flaw on Catalina's part? Or is there something I can do about it?  thanks, Kerk
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C34, Into the Mystic II
Hull #1102, 1990
Sailing the North Channel, Lake Huron
908 Wicksbury Place, Louisville, KY 40207
Louisville, KY 40205
502-454-7759
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Ron Hill

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Re: sliding companionway hatch scaping coach top--manufacturing flaw?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2006, 03:14:02 PM »

Kerk : Don't quite understand what it's scraping?
In your estimate is the sliding hacth too high? or too low?  If you can tell me that I think I can help.

BTW, it's Gerry Douglas VP/designer and Frank Butler HMFWAIC. 
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Re: sliding companionway hatch scaping coach top--manufacturing flaw?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2006, 06:10:53 PM »

Kirk: I've noticed this with Georgia Peach, 1987 #349. I used Elmer's Slide all on the hatch top and it seems fine. It rubs a small amount but not enough to harm anything.

Steve
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kerk fisher

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Re: sliding companionway hatch scaping coach top--manufacturing flaw?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2006, 07:13:30 PM »

Answer to Ron. I believe, from seeing the boat similar to ours, that the coach top is too low, with not enough curve. that's just a guess. It could be that the sliding hatch is moulded too high.  I have a picture of the hatch all the way open and you can see a nice roomy gap all the way across. But as I start to close the hatch the gap gets smaller and smaller very quickly until the sliding hatch top surface and the aft edge of the coach top are touching. Steve, you're idea of putting slide all on the hatch top we can try, although I already did try to lubricate to no avail. I'ts just too close a fit. Thanks for your help!!! I even stuck a wood file under the edge of the coach top, the section that the teak strip is attached to and filed away trying to create space. What a barbaric act!! And it still didn't do much. Kerk
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Kerk Fisher
C34, Into the Mystic II
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Sailing the North Channel, Lake Huron
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Louisville, KY 40205
502-454-7759
Alternate email: kerk.fisher@kctcs.edu

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Re: sliding companionway hatch scraping coach top--manufacturing flaw?
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2006, 07:20:34 AM »

Ron, do you have advice on this? I hope I clarified your question. thanks, Kerk
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Kerk Fisher
C34, Into the Mystic II
Hull #1102, 1990
Sailing the North Channel, Lake Huron
908 Wicksbury Place, Louisville, KY 40207
Louisville, KY 40205
502-454-7759
Alternate email: kerk.fisher@kctcs.edu

Ron Hill

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Re: sliding companionway hatch scraping coach top--manufacturing flaw?
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2006, 11:29:30 AM »

Kerk : I seriously doubt if your boat was manufactured and left the factory 16 years ago with that flaw!!
It almost sounds as though there's something in the track that's causing the hatch to ride up at the half way point! 
It's somewhat a pain, but here's what I recommend you do:
1.  Remove the 6+ ft long teak strips on each side of the hatch top.
2.  The coach top that the hatch slides into will be exposed.
3.  Remove the 6 screw on each side of the coach top that hold it to the deck.  The front(forward edge) will be caulked.
4.  With the coach top removed you now can remove the sliding hatch completely and examine the track that it slides in.

Give me a call (540)891-5297 if you have any questions.  I can tell you the how-to, as I just put mine back together on Friday!!   :clap
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Re: sliding companionway hatch scraping coach top--manufacturing flaw?
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2017, 02:39:03 PM »

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Re: sliding companionway hatch scraping coach top--manufacturing flaw?
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2017, 03:31:38 PM »

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