Boat Hatch Gasket & Seal Replacement Guide

Outside of the hull, there may be no better place on your
boat to have a firm and confident seal than on the boat hatch. Separating one
area from another is the name of the game here—and if you don’t have it properly
sealed down, it could lead to all sorts of problems. The good news is that boat
hatch gasket replacement doesn’t have to be a pain in the rear—not if you have
the right tips and tools at your disposal. Here at BoatLIFE, we’ve got you
covered with both.

Measure Twice, Seal
Once

The old adage in DIY work is “measure twice, cut once.” The
same logic applies to a proper seal. Boating
Magazine
recommends taking your time as you measure the hatch. Take care to
figure out which part of your boat hatch will actually be hosting the gasket
and seal here. If you have a strange and unique hatch, it’s possible you may
have to do some research and matching. Taking your time might seem like it’s
only prolonging the process, but it could save you a few trips to the hardware
store down the line.

Clean The Surface

Once you’ve measured everything you need to measure, it’s
time to clean out the surface. That means stripping away the old materials and
using solvents and
removers
to get rid of any residue that might get in the way of a proper
seal. This can be a little time-intensive, but it’s not labor-intensive. You
may simply have to wait as the solvent does its job. While you wait, you can
prepare for the next steps in the boat hatch gasket replacement process.

Seat Your Gasket

Once the area is clear, clean, and dry, it’s time to seat
the gasket. This is the step in the process that should go much more smoothly
provided you were thorough with your measurements and matching earlier on. Be
careful here to really apply the gasket well. It’s a good idea to take your
time. After all, it’s your seal we’re
talking about here. You get to decide how snug the fit is. To truly
weather-proof your boat, the proper-fitting seal will be the difference between
professional and amateur work.

Ensure A Proper Seal

Once you’ve seated the gasket, you may need to apply some
adhesives to ensure everything will stay in place. Browse through our boat sealants to match
the right materials. You’ll find plenty adhesives that work well with rubber
gaskets.

After everything has cured and dried, give your new seal a
try. Inspect it for leaks and make sure that nothing is getting through. After
that, you’ll have a clear, sealed hatch as your reward. Now that you know the
proper steps for boat hatch gasket replacement, there’s nothing to
it—especially if you have a little help from the materials at BoatLIFE.

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