Replacement Hatch Bracket.

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by Randy Coleman, Sep 4, 2021.

  1. Randy Coleman

    Randy Coleman Member

    44
    May 28, 2021
    Boca Raton FL.
    Kay-LinSea
    2005 340 Sundancer
    8.1 Horizons with Vdrives.
    8.1 merc V drive
    5F4DFE5D-1C7D-4EC7-A275-BFB3B134C8D2.jpeg 87B8995E-2B35-4317-AED2-08D62C37BE2D.jpeg Hi All.

    these pictures are what happens when you can’t stop your hatch from closing with the safety kick stand down.
    My EIM failed and caused the hatch to lower on its own. I just happened to be unable to stop it before it bent the upper bracket from the bottom side of the hatch.
    Question is, does anyone know where to find a replacement?
    I checked with Searay, FP, skipper buds and Marinemax and all said part is discontinued.
    Part number is 1686744 says upper for 320DA but ours is a 340DA.
    I may have one fabricated but if I can find a new one, I’d like to go that route.
    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    I don't know where you can find one but I do know that the right machine shop would be able to straighten that to near perfect.
     
  3. Randy Coleman

    Randy Coleman Member

    44
    May 28, 2021
    Boca Raton FL.
    Kay-LinSea
    2005 340 Sundancer
    8.1 Horizons with Vdrives.
    8.1 merc V drive
    Yes, I’m working on that also.

    found the part number for the newer model Sundancers so looking for a clear picture to see if that bracket will work on my boat.
     
  4. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    You could hammer/punch/leverage that out. It's not a critical piece in terms of "clearance" - so as long as you get close, you'll be good. Fix the U-channel part first, then bend/hammer it back to straight. It'll take you a little time, but it's certainly doable. But be sure to wear better shoes in case you drop the 3lb sledge hammer on your toes... ;)
     
  5. Randy Coleman

    Randy Coleman Member

    44
    May 28, 2021
    Boca Raton FL.
    Kay-LinSea
    2005 340 Sundancer
    8.1 Horizons with Vdrives.
    8.1 merc V drive
    Tried some of that already.
    not sure how those actuators pull so hard.
    This steel is extremely hard.
    I can move it with a 3lb sledge.
     
  6. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    Any auto shop with a good press is another alternative.
     
  7. Randy Coleman

    Randy Coleman Member

    44
    May 28, 2021
    Boca Raton FL.
    Kay-LinSea
    2005 340 Sundancer
    8.1 Horizons with Vdrives.
    8.1 merc V drive
    I was able to get mine repaired for $20 at a local fabrication shop here in Boca. installing it today.
    thanks
     
  8. Wanderer 290

    Wanderer 290 Active Member

    538
    Jul 1, 2019
    Traverse City
    01 sea ray 290 sundancer
    Twin 5.7 b3’s
    Avoid using a hammer if possible. Use an arbor press or bench vise with the latch wrapped in a towel to avoid marring the finish.
     
  9. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Good deal, Randy. Glad you got it sorted out.
     

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