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Jim Black hatches 28 Jan 2010 04:16 #1

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Hokay,

The 2955 has a 16x16 size escape hatch in the mid-cabin. Unfortunately there is very little room for a larger size, an 18x18 hatch has too large of a frame to fit. So I'm looking at replacing with another 16x16.

It needs to be white, and it needs to have clear glass. (Versus frosted/opaque white). I've found a Jim Black 16x16 at Kendor/GLS for $249 which includes trim ring. Is this a "decent" hatch? The deck hatches are bomar aluminum, but the escape hatch is plastic already.

Any other suggestions? 16x16, 17x17, or maybe 16-17x18 :) Or will I be okay with the Jim Black?

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Jim Black hatches 28 Jan 2010 14:19 #2

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Jim Black hatches 28 Jan 2010 15:00 #3

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Our 305 has the Jim Black hatch. Hatch is OK. Screen install sucks though.

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It is a decent hatch. Bayliner used it on the 2000 2452s; which I have and have had no problems. Mine is outside in south Louisiana 24/7.

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Jim Black hatches 28 Jan 2010 22:24 #5

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One thing I noticed is it says it has "outside handles for emergency use". Does this mean the boat is openable from outside, thus, insecure?

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Jim Black hatches 29 Jan 2010 09:30 #6

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The Jim Black hatches are pretty light duty. The bomars' are better.

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Monterey10;411896 wrote: The Jim Black hatches are pretty light duty. The bomars' are better.


I agree. But the price is right unless you can find a Bomar cheap!

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My Jim Black hatches can not be opened from outside.

As said they are decent. I have no major complaints except the screens being clumsy.

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my jim black hatch = A can not be oppened from the outside =B only had a basic system to lock it in place at any opened position and would never be able to be left open on the bow at any speed ,, it was never installed in my inteneded location and was relocated to the AFT cabin side hatch ,, I found a bommar on ebay for the same money and does a great job

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Jim Black hatches 01 Feb 2010 01:55 #10

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ishiboo;411684 wrote: One thing I noticed is it says it has "outside handles for emergency use". Does this mean the boat is openable from outside, thus, insecure?


Yes, you can operate the dogs from the outside. But there is a locking mechanism of sorts on the inside of one of the dogs. If you don't want the outside handles, they also make the same hatch with only the inside dogs.

The hatches with outside handles are called "escape" hatches. And the hatches without the outside handles are called "ventilation" hatches.

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