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    02 2855 engine hatch opening ?-gctid366953

    I have been looking at the 02 2855's and it seems to me that the engine hatch opening stops fairly low. Seems like it should go back or higher for ease of getting down there? Anybody notice this or change strut positions?

    #2
    I unhooked the lift struts and fashioned a prop-rod similar to a vehicle engine hood. My hatch now opens almost totally vertical. It makes swapping batteries and opening/closing seacocks much easier

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      #3
      RMSLLC wrote:
      I unhooked the lift struts and fashioned a prop-rod similar to a vehicle engine hood. My hatch now opens almost totally vertical. It makes swapping batteries and opening/closing seacocks much easier
      OK, so it's not just me that thinks it is tight.

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        #4
        My engine hatch on a '97 2855 opens to vertical. Are the gas struts too short or not located properly? Or is there something that the hatch would hit on newer models if opened to vertical?

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          #5
          My gas struts were in the factory location but they are just too short. They open about 55-60 degrees and they run out of extension.

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            #6
            RMSLLC wrote:
            My gas struts were in the factory location but they are just too short. They open about 55-60 degrees and they run out of extension.
            That pretty much says it ! I was hoping somebody extended the struts are moved them to be able to be more verticle.

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              #7
              Anybody have an easier way of opening the hatch (no struts, one single huge door w a 2x4 screwed and siliconed underneath for support) that doesnt required the prying with a screwdriver in one corner?

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                3 wide wrote:
                That pretty much says it ! I was hoping somebody extended the struts are moved them to be able to be more verticle.
                I'm wondering if the factory just ran out of the correct length struts, or someone at Bayliner found a deal on shorter struts. Either way, you could buy replacements of the correct length and correct weight rating, or move the mounts and try that. Seems to me having a engine hatch that only opens 60 degrees could be a bit dangerous not to mention incovenient.

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                  #9
                  apexaro1 wrote:
                  Anybody have an easier way of opening the hatch (no struts, one single huge door w a 2x4 screwed and siliconed underneath for support) that doesnt required the prying with a screwdriver in one corner?
                  Mine has these "anchor" shaped latches/handles in each of the forward corners of the hatch.

                  Attached files http://baylinerownersclub.org/media/....jpg[/img]

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                    #10
                    Only occasionally do I wish it open further. Maybe it's just me, but for checking the oil and things like that it's fine. My seaway I had to actually remove the engine hatches! Now that was a pain in the ***

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                      #11
                      RMSLLC wrote:
                      Mine has these "anchor" shaped latches/handles in each of the forward corners of the hatch.
                      That would sure make it easier, thanks sir

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                        #12
                        3 wide wrote:
                        I have been looking at the 02 2855's and it seems to me that the engine hatch opening stops fairly low. Seems like it should go back or higher for ease of getting down there? Anybody notice this or change strut positions?
                        Mine's the same I think they set it up so the hatch won't hit the rear seat when it's in the down position.

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                          #13
                          jswarts wrote:
                          Mine's the same I think they set it up so the hatch won't hit the rear seat when it's in the down position.
                          Just did sea trial on boat and noticed that the hatch does get pretty close to bottom of the rear seat.

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