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Even straight from the factory, one of our deck hatches leaked. That meant that early into our cruising life, I learned how to pull out the hatch and re-bed it.
- Remove the screws in the frame. You might notice that the screws are not all the same. Be sure to keep track of what screws go where.
- Apply some force to the frame to pull it off of the deck.
- Clean the deck and the frame. I used a flat-head screwdriver and elbow grease.
- Go over the frame with acetone and a rag to remove additional residue.
- Clean the old sealant off the deck with a putty knife and more acetone.
- Apply a line of 3M Fast cure 4000 UV to the deck edges.
- Place the hatch frame back onto the deck over the sealant.
- Put the screws back in – not too tight, as you don’t want all the sealant to come out from between the deck and the frame.
- Clean up any excess sealant that has spilled out.
- Let dry!