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KeelsonGraham

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Alternatives to CDís Utterly Useless Cabinet Latches
« on: May 08, 2023, 04:35:02 AM »

I canít get over just how poor quality are the cabinet latches sold by Catalina Direct. Of the four new ones I bought from them, two are completely unusable because the adjusting bolts donít screw in or out. A third fitted OK but lasted about 2 months before the pathetic dab of glue that holds the front piece on broke off.

Are there any decent alternatives to these expensive, useless items?
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Jim Hardesty

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Re: Alternatives to CDís Utterly Useless Cabinet Latches
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2023, 11:05:54 AM »

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I canít get over just how poor quality are the cabinet latches sold by Catalina Direct.

That may well be the case now but when I bought Shamrock two were broken, replaced them, that was over 15 years ago they are all still working good.  I did go over all of them with some McLube one drop and lube again when I notice sticking, probably every few seasons.  Can't say I really like them, but they are kinder to fingers than the stick a finger in a hole type when out sailing.
Have you contacted Catalina Direct?  I would expect them to at least replace the defective ones.
Jim
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Re: Alternatives to CDís Utterly Useless Cabinet Latches
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2023, 08:37:15 AM »

Hi Jim,

Yes, theyíre going to replace them but I guess (in the absence of alternatives) Iíll have to keep a few extra spares.
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