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Old 04-29-2013, 09:28 PM   #15
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I put in 11x13 marine hatch, non-locking....made 1/4in plywood backer and epoxied/glassed in (something for nuts/bolts to tighten up to). Hinge on mine is on bottom. Think I purchased it from West Marine
Its great thats where all MY stuff goes
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:55 AM   #16
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I installed hatches in my 19' Scamp back in 2007. At that time what I found and went with was brand line called Nuova Rade from West Marine.

I went with the 14 x 24 inch size. That was a squeeze for my 19' Scamp. BUT the resulting storage was amazing! (See pix below. And note: my mods included moving the water tank and other reconfiguration changes to maximize storage space.)

For a 16' Scamp that same size hatch would work equally well. Both share the same lower shell after all.

For a 13' Scamp, however, the wheels encroach more under the dinette benches. That leaves less flat wall space to work with. So smaller hatches are needed for smaller eggs. Hold that thought!

Meanwhile, here's some follow-up field experience. In hindsight I didn't need the hatch opening to be quite that large. At the time my requirement was to carry my portable gas grill back there. And that worked great. Isn't there always a BUT?

Drawing such a large hatch down to the shell did torque the hatch frame. That puts more stress on the rear latch. After 6 years it's not sealing 100% anymore. A solvable problem but still. If I had it to do over, I'd choose a smaller hatch that would fit better. (I stopped carrying my grill in the Scamp after making an even better place for it in my truck bed.)

Coming soon: a MUCH better hatch solution, especially for 13' Scamps!
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:12 AM   #17
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Where did you move your water tank to? I would be most interested in that. Nice hatch that I will be looking into. Thanks
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:59 AM   #18
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Tempress hatches sold by marine stores work pretty good. I found their website at one time and they did sell lock kits for their hatches. No one seems to stock the locks in the marine stores. The hatches can also found on EBay and Amazon. Looks like the hatches some people here used. The taller the hatch the more issues you may have with the body curve and may need to make a spacer for the bottom.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:13 PM   #19
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Where did you move your water tank to? I would be most interested in that. Nice hatch that I will be looking into. Thanks
Thanks, Mike. The tank move was in concert with major reorganization of the rear dinette. A lot more pix of my 91S19 mods are here. (I don't want to bend Gayle's thread too far from its S13 hatch focus.)
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:18 PM   #20
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Tempress hatches sold by marine stores work pretty good. I found their website at one time and they did sell lock kits for their hatches. No one seems to stock the locks in the marine stores. The hatches can also found on EBay and Amazon. Looks like the hatches some people here used. The taller the hatch the more issues you may have with the body curve and may need to make a spacer for the bottom.
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I would attribute the frame torque I reported more to the hatch length than height. I plan to correct the issue this season. The lower rear corner will probably get the most shimming. I plan to document that work as well so stay tuned.
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