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TEPPERTEPPER Posts: 13 Greenhorn
edited June 3 in Boating #1
Ok I'm new to the egret world and I recently changed out all the hatch latches on my 98 egret 189.
Fishing it has been a DANCE around trying to avoid stepping on the corners of the hatches. The problem is when you step on the corner the I believe the hinges allow a "sink" in the corner of the hatch and when pressure is relieved it makes a bunch of noise. Anyone go to a different style of hing or try something to correct this?

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  • HeartNShoalHeartNShoal Posts: 937 Officer
    I had the same problem with mine right out of the factory. After trialing a few things I came upon some flat, low profile rubber bumpers that I strategically placed under the rod locker hatches. I found out they have to be heavily superglued or 5200ed to stay in place. I will post the link to the bumpers here.

    I haven't tried this on hatches other than rod lockers but hopefully the approach can be adapted to those and solve your problem.


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  • Saltwater JunkieSaltwater Junkie Posts: 1,086 Officer
    I had the same problem with mine right out of the factory. After trialing a few things I came upon some flat, low profile rubber bumpers that I strategically placed under the rod locker hatches. I found out they have to be heavily superglued or 5200ed to stay in place. I will post the link to the bumpers here.

    I haven't tried this on hatches other than rod lockers but hopefully the approach can be adapted to those and solve your problem.


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    H&S, you boat has a different deck that the old boats...You hatches are quieter then the old boats by a long shot.
  • Saltwater JunkieSaltwater Junkie Posts: 1,086 Officer
    TEPPER wrote: »
    Ok I'm new to the egret world and I recently changed out all the hatch latches on my 98 egret 189.
    Fishing it has been a DANCE around trying to avoid stepping on the corners of the hatches. The problem is when you step on the corner the I believe the hinges allow a "sink" in the corner of the hatch and when pressure is relieved it makes a bunch of noise. Anyone go to a different style of hing or try something to correct this?

    The plastic latches that you replaced are not intended to make the quiet. They are there to aid in keeping them down when running hard in a big chop. There are or were( have probably fallen off by now) oval foam pads glued to the underside of the hatches to help prevent squeaking. The problem you are describing is when you step on the forward corner of the two hatches on the bow storage compartments.

    The fix is to have your angler stand where the cleat is. If he wants to walk around follow the edge and then step into the cockpit. This is one of the things that Frank changed on the new boats.
  • HeartNShoalHeartNShoal Posts: 937 Officer
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  • HeartNShoalHeartNShoal Posts: 937 Officer
    For those who may need it. FYI Strong adhesive is necessary.


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  • Saltwater JunkieSaltwater Junkie Posts: 1,086 Officer
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    These would be great to use under the hatch to prevent squeaking between the hatch and the top of the gutter. I've added one of these to the top of the baitwell hatches where they make contact against the poling platform legs to keep it quiet too.
  • mbowersmbowers Posts: 499 Deckhand
    H&S, you boat has a different deck that the old boats...You hatches are quieter then the old boats by a long shot.
    I find the new hatches to make more noise than the old ones. There is a gasket most the way around and nothing else is adjustable that I'm aware of. The catch has been bent and bastardized so it's not adjustable but that's what makes the noise. I think the only option is to replace the latches with a design that is adjustable so you can get a proper fit. The option to upgrade to weatherproof latches that don't allow water to flow into compartments could also be realised then too.

    Video showing creaky chirps from hatch.

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