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    Default Making my own deck plates

    I'm ready to make one of my deck plates. I'm thinking about 8". I'll be cutting a hole in 6mm ply and cutting backing ring of the same. I need something to seal the plate with... gasket, rubber ring or something. I also need the little things that swivel over the plate to hold it in place. Suggestions?

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    Default Re: Making my own deck plates

    Are you asking about hand hole hatches in buoyancy tank tops?
    Like these?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/juler-Yacht.../dp/B07MZXLVBG
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Making my own deck plates

    don't do it

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    Default Re: Making my own deck plates

    Small diameter silicone hose makes a good gasket. Hardwood tabs bolted around the perimeter to swivel would lock it down. Depending on your intended use you might also secure it with a batten or even line.

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    Pathfinder Build In FL Keys (woodenboat.com)

    The above thread author did a great job with his DIY hatches.

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    Default Re: Making my own deck plates

    What Nick and Wizzbang say.
    IMAGINES VEL NON FUERINT

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    Default Re: Making my own deck plates

    Russel Brown used to make a kit for the Scamp. Here's a link to an article: http://www.ptwatercraft.com/SCAMP_ha...structions.pdf

    These are not the screw in type.

    Jeff

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    What sort of boat are these going in? Will they get sat on, walked on? Will the boat live outdoors?

    I've done them on kayaks. The slickest approach is to use rare earth magnets to hold them down. The grip is so tight most any gasket material will work. Plus, the deck is clean except for some sort of pull to open the hatch.
    -Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woxbox View Post
    What sort of boat are these going in? Will they get sat on, walked on? Will the boat live outdoors?

    I've done them on kayaks. The slickest approach is to use rare earth magnets to hold them down. The grip is so tight most any gasket material will work. Plus, the deck is clean except for some sort of pull to open the hatch.
    A Calendar Islands Yawl 16. The boat will live outdoors under tarp or similar cover. Some people put the plates on the top of the floatation chambers, some on the side. Here's a pic of one with both options used. I plan to put mine on the top: one forward and two aft, each 8".

    deck plates.jpg

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    from that thread i linked - around page 9. Pretty nice for DIY IMO

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    I see no reason not to go ahead. I've used that self-stick extruded hollow rubber they sell in coils for weather stripping on smaller hatches. It works quite well. To hold them down tight, the system Gray Duck shows above is by far the best. (Short of magnets, but there is a bit of fussy detailing to get them installed properly.)


    -Dave

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