On the lighter side --- Major repair work in the galley...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Boat Guy, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    I don't know who to fault here. It could have been a serious error at the factory during manufacturing or perhaps a previous owner was being devious. Who knows? Who could tell...

    Anyway, with my eagle eye I adverted a catastrophe....

    You see, I removed the coffee maker on 400DA. I'm just not a coffee drinker; the GF uses a french press; and the cabinet now has a lot of space for pots/ pans....

    Great right?

    But imagine my surprise when I saw this :

    before latch.jpg

    Crazy right? Who would do this?

    After major engineering, thought, planning, and effort.... I devised a solution...

    And now we are safe again...

    after hatch.jpg
     
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  2. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    OK, I give up. What is that gizmo in the first photo, and what did you change in the second photo?
     
  3. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Active Member

    444
    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gS165 w Quantum HD Radar
    cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    looks like the latch was offset? I fail to see the actual problem though
    Carpe
     
  4. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    Guys, this is the interior side of the push-button knob. Though if you push the button in to secure the door while underway, yet the latch is facing inward, I fail to see how it's going to help....Someone installed it that way...Simple fix is to remove the two screws and turn it 180 so if faces outward and will catch on the latch....

    Anyway, I thought you'd see the humor....
     
  5. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Active Member

    444
    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gS165 w Quantum HD Radar
    cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    The angle of the pic made it unclear initially but now I see it and yeah pretty funny. I’ve got a h going locker like that in the second cabin, latch backwards and no striker plate either. Hasn’t posed
    a hazard so it’s way down on the project list.
     
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  6. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    Maybe they did this on all boats like yours and there's a class action lawsuit in the making? Who know what untold horrors have transpired over the years.
     
  7. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I saw the humor...and the engineering prowess. Good stuff!
     
  8. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    Exactly guys....haha....I just got my "emotional support fish" to cope. But, I will overcome...
     
  9. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Maybe the PO reversed it so he didn't have to push the latch in all the time. I did something similar on my transom door. I reversed one latch ...now you can open it with one hand... so you don't have to put things down to open the hatch with two hands

    Current Transom 1b.jpg
     
  10. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    @Blueone , can't let them off that easily....What you did makes some sense, yet if you don't want to latch the cabinet door, simply don't push it in....If you make the effort to push the knob in to secure, you prob. have the expectation that it's secure...

    I just happened to be looking at the door for other reason as I've removed the coffee maker and made it a storage cabinet....I actually no longer need the slide for the door and considering removing it.
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2019
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  11. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    Hmmm...I'm trying to think of a reason why this wouldn't be a great idea. It is a pain to have to use 2 hands each time. Good thinking.
     
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  12. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Thanks...its been like that for 4 years now ...no issues
     

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