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Last Post Mar 4, 2019 11:24 PM by bob towery. 4 Replies.
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chuck dahillUser is Offline
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Mar 2, 2019 05:46 PM

    Reading on another boating site blog about concerns of cockpit hatches leaking when in rough seas with water flooding the cockpit.  Don't see this happening on Hamptons due to height/location of cockpit but was wondering about the transom doors.  They are a large opening facing the seas and could get hit in rough following seas or  when backing down.  Has anyone experienced taking on water thru this door and if so, what was the solution?  For what its worth, on the other site, they recommend using a 3M tape to seal the hatches/doors.

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    Mar 4, 2019 06:56 PM

    Hi Chuck! 

    Running down the west coast from Seattle we were in heavy following seas for 6 days. Many of those days we had 6-8ft following seas at 5-6 seconds. I think the biggest was 10-12ft, many times we had water against our transom door.... not a single leak. Its an awesome water proof door and I have zero concerns about backing down nor following seas. 

    Hope this helps!

    Randy

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    Mar 4, 2019 10:20 PM

    Thanks for the response and good to know.  I was rather suprised to read in the Nordhavn site about folks talking about 2-3 inches of water sloshing around the cockpit and needing to seal the hatch to prevent water from getting into the lazarette.  

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    Mar 4, 2019 10:37 PM

    I could see that happening on a Nordhaven.... my neighbor has one and I've looked at many and they all basically have a "bathtub like" sealed off cockpit. The hampton has nice glass or stainless doors/gates that would allow any water to simply drain right out. Also, lazarette hatches cant be made as water tight as a door that have internal hardware to close, suck in, and lock itšŸ‘šŸ».  Lazarettes typically are only accessed from the top side and therefore only have simply door hardware, nothing as significant as what you see on a watertight transom door.

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    Mar 4, 2019 11:24 PM

    Here is a blog post by James Hamilton, owner of Nordhavn Dirona. A really bad night of water intrusion into his boat:

    https://mvdirona.com/2017/05/alarms-at-115am/

     

     

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