Improving hatch covers

Published date: September 9, 2022
  • Boat Type: Homestead, MacGregor 26M, Boat Type

On my new to me boat, I've noticed where previous owners scratched the hatch areas and floor areas with the long stainless machine screws used to align the hatch covers. I also poured myself a few times and was generally annoyed with the setup.

I decided to replace them with stubby machine screws and acorn nuts. Where the alignment holes were too small, I used a chamfer bit to open things up a bit.

Prime-Line 9001227 Machine... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D5X2YV8?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

#10-24 (50 PCS) Acorn Hex Cap... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JJ26M6M?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

I'm very happy with how this turned out.


Model Year: 2008
Photo Caption: Much smaller and smoother setup that no longer scratches me or the boat!

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