Hatch Adjuster

Published date: December 1, 2019
  • Boat Type: Boat Type

The front hatch did not come with a hatch adjuster so there was no easy way to keep the front hatch open except for letting it flop all the back against the deck. This put a lot of stress on the hinges plus it was pretty unattractive.

I installed a hatch adjuster so that we can keep the front hatch open at any angle. This one works fairly well except at very low angles where it tends to slip a little bit and close. One nice thing about this hatch adjuster is that we can open up the hatch all the way for easily climbing in and out or for passing through large items.

Measure carefully and make sure to get just the right size screws for the attachment points so that they do not stick out too far and snag things (and people!) passing through the hatch. The screws go from the top of the hatch cover down and from the inside of the opening outwards to the side of the boat. With another person helping you, position the hatch adjuster where you think you want it and try opening and closing the hatch several times to make sure you are getting the full range of motion that you desire. Also make sure that the adjuster is positioned so that you are still able to lock the hatch all the way down.

Published by: Heath

Model Year: 1997


Useful information

  • Perform modifications at your own risk
  • Fully research modifications before performing yourself
  • All mods are listed as is with no waranty
  • This site does not make any claims about the validity or safety of modifications posted.

Related Mods

  • Mac 26X Hatchway Screens
    Mac 26X Hatchway Screens
    Ventilation - (MacGregor 26X) - August 15, 2020

    Made some ventilation/bug hatchway screens. I believe this material is used for making RV screen porches. Also looks similar to what is sold at Home Depot or Lowe's in garden section for greenhouses. (Which all means I don't remember who gave it to m...

  • Low cost option to repair Nicro Marine Solar Vents
    Low cost option to repair Nicro Marine Solar Vents
    Ventilation - Nicro Solar Vent (MacGregor 26X) - July 20, 2020

    Like many people, I have Nicro Solar vents on my boat and after 4-5 yrs they fail. As they run basically 24x7, that's not unexpected. Nicro used to sell an overhaul kit with new batter/motor but no longer offer that and suggest that you just buy a ne...

  • Hatch Lift
    Hatch Lift
    Ventilation - - December 1, 2019

    We installed a gas lift (the same type as used in hatchback cars) to keep the hatch partially open. The lift was available at West Marine, as were the brackets. I would recommend the 40# lift, as anything less seemed to hold the hatch open, but just ...