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    Has anyone changed the engine hatch struts so that they're longer and open the engine hatch closer to a 90 degree angle. The hatch on my 2009 285SB doesn't open very far to make it comfortable for me to get in to work in the bilge.
    MV Uisce
    2009 Bayliner 285 SB
    350 MAG MPI
    Bravo 3
    Bellingham, WA

    Get outside

  • #2
    When I needed to spend extended periods in the engine bay of my 285 I would just release the strut and bungie the hatch to the grab rail on the stern. I always put three bungies and a safety strap to make sure it didn't release and bonk me on the head.

    2013 Bayliner 315 twin 4.3's B-III's Kohler generator
    2004 Bayliner 285 350 MPI Bravo III (traded in)
    2007 Bayliner 192 Discovery 3.0 135HP (sold)
    2000 Ciera 2455 sold
    Redmond, Washington
    The one on the Left (Wet) Coast


    • #3
      This spring, I replaced the struts on my 2859 engine hatch with these from Amazon: 20 inch 100 LB Gas Prop Struts Shocks 20" 445N Lift-Support Gas Spring with Mounting Brackets for Heavy Duty RV Bed Camper Bed Truck Bed Cover Hot Tub Cover (Suitable Support Weight: 85-110lbs) : Automotive They replaced the original struts and fit perfectly. I had to drill one new hole for each strut. They definitely hold up the cover without difficulty and the hatch is opened close to 90 degrees. No problem moving around the engine when in the compartment. Highly recommend, unless your hatch is totally different than mine.​
      '98, 2859
      7.4 Mercruiser, B II
      Ferndale, WA. USA


      • #4
        I didn’t do my engine hatch but I’ve read of other people doing it. But I did do the exact same thing to my stern storage hatch. Replaced struts with longer ones. Very doable project and huge improvement.
        2008 Rinker 330 EC
        Twin 350 MAG Bravo 3
        2007 285 (sold)
        350 Horizon Bravo 3


        • #5
          I replaced all three with same lenght so I did not have to use the broom handle to prop them open. No issue with access but should have gone an extra 2 inches I suppose.
          Steve & Carol
          1992 Bayliner 4588
          Sea Sanctuary
          Gulf Islands, Salish Sea, BC