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Old 12-07-2018, 10:43 PM
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Got a pretty big hatch, probably 30 pounds plus, would like some way to help lift+hold up.
are gas struts the only option or are there other options. Just checking what's out there before I start just buying stuff online lol.

this is the hatch in question. It's kinda heavy to hold while trying to grab something out of it. Underneath are two Insulated fishboxes/storage
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Gas is probably the cheapest. You could go with an electric/hydraulic lift.
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I’m no help as what to use , sry. But interested as to what you come up with as a solution. Gas lifters would be nice , but finding the clearance for the angle of motion would be tough. Especially with a divided box . Mine is big and heavy also. A potential finger smasher!
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If there is a place for a snap you can probably use a piece of canvas webbing
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Those never worked for me, always self closed esp with some wave motion, maybe if your hatch is very light, like plactic.

Short length of amsteel worked for me, wont work if the hatch doesnt open past vertical , no assit either.
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Lenco hatch lift for me my engine hatch is 70# + electric is the only way for me.
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Majik lift , sky hook etc.
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I have a piece of 3/4 pvc with 2 rubber tipped chair leg tips from Home Depot to hold up mine. It lays in the same hatch jammed end to end to prevent it from rattling. It props up the cover like the one under your car hood.
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My boat's engine hatch had electric struts on each side according to a previous owner...until they both failed one day and he couldn't get it open. Nothing on it now.
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Originally Posted by Raybo Marine NY View Post
If there is a place for a snap you can probably use a piece of canvas webbing
please elaborate. Canvas webbing to hold up a hatch?

Raybo, that's on long island isn't it?
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Originally Posted by Dacman View Post
I’m no help as what to use , sry. But interested as to what you come up with as a solution. Gas lifters would be nice , but finding the clearance for the angle of motion would be tough. Especially with a divided box . Mine is big and heavy also. A potential finger smasher!
that's my problem. Seems like it would be hard to use gas struts, with the way the two boxes are divided. Figured someone with all knowing knowledge might enlighten me.
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Originally Posted by twollman View Post
Gas is probably the cheapest. You could go with an electric/hydraulic lift.
definitely overkill for me with hydraulic/electric. Dont want no pumps/wiring involved.
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You could try having 2 that go from left to right and right to left near the hinge. I doubt it would offer much assist but should hold it open.

maybe you could cut a small hole in the bottom of the box and run a strut straight down if you have a way to mount it in the bildge. That might give you enough length to get a full open.

what about smaller hatches cut into the big hatch?
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I added a spring to mine and solved the issue. The only problem with a spring is you do have to bend it to close the hatch but the spring solved all issues.
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if you just need something to help hold it open friction hinges are an option. if you need assisted opening gas struts are pretty much you're only option. electric/hydraulic lifts will give up the ghost after a year of two and when it does you won't be able to get the hatch open
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Doesn’t anyone make a spring assist hinge like they put on the chest freezers. They assist with the lift and hold the top up.

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