Tinted Plexiglas glazing in a silver anodized extruded aluminum frame. Used on the Capri 26, the second generation Catalina 22 starting with hull number 14195 in 1987 through hull #15343 in 1995, Catalina 25, Catalina 27, Catalina 270, Catalina 28, Catalina 30, Catalina 320, and Catalina 36. Rolling changes were made to the deck molds of these models to accommodate this new hatch beginning in 1985 through 1987. It was in use in some models only through 1995, while in others it was used longer.
When purchased by Catalina Yachts, the vast majority of these hatches were ordered with a 1/4" thick lens. After time, as the plastic is weakened by the sun, we find 1/4" to be inadequate. When the crew steps on the hatch it cracks under their weight. All of the replacement hatches supplied by Catalina Direct are made with the thicker, stronger 3/8" lens. We also equip the hatch with dogs that can be latched from outside the boat so it is possible to close and latch the hatch from the foredeck. Sliding locks are supplied inside for security.
Bomar changed the design of this hatch's flange sometime in the 90's. It is now slightly smaller in overall dimensions than the original design, although the size of the cut-out hole in the deck is essentially the same for both hatches. This means the flange will not have as much overhang onto the deck as the original. The position of the screw hole pattern has also changed slightly so the holes must be filled with epoxy and re-drilled. It also means a new lid will not fit an old deck flange. This entire hatch must replace the entire old hatch if the lid needs replacement.
In 2006, Bomar made another change to the hatch. The dogs are now a more contoured design on all extruded frame hatches. See the additional pictures below for clarification.
The overall dimensions at the flange of the new hatch are: 27" X 20-7/8" X 22-1/8". The original hatch was 27-1/4" X 21" X 22-1/4".
1) No, this hatch will not replace the fiberglass hatch used on earlier boats. When this hatch was added, the deck mold was modified to accommodate the flat frame of the aluminum hatch. It is also not interchangeable with a Lewmar hatch. The deck cutout is a different size and shape for the two hatches.
1) This is an oversize item which does not conform to our standard shipping policies. Call 800/959-SAIL for a shipping estimate.
2) This is a special order item; your order cannot be canceled or returned, so please choose carefully.