Manual Hatch opening

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Manual Hatch opening

Postby ajost » Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:21 pm

I own a Regal 35SC

The boat is still out of the water. I want to open the hatch to do the impellers before I put her back in this weekend

Is there a way to manually open the hatch?

Appreciate the advice from others how have done this

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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby Chris_in_Texas » Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:43 pm

Turn on the batteries and open the hatch. Otherwise you have to open the access port under the seat and pull the pin to the ram to release it off the hatch. Then you (and 4 of your closest friends) will have to dead lift all that fiberglass and hold it up in the air. :o
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby EpicWakeJump » Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:01 pm

That would have to be one heavy hatch!

I had to lift my hatch on my 28 express a few feet and it was HEAVY!!!


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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby Chris_in_Texas » Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:46 pm

Yes my 3060 hatch was a bear for sure, and that was already open I just needed it open farther so I could temp remove the ram. That sucker was a ton for even two people. I can't imagine the 35SC with the seat and the wider beam.
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby ajost » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:30 am

ALCON,

Thanks for the information. Yeah, batteries are not back in it yet. I didn't know that hatch was so heavy.

I'll have them put the batteries back in so I can get that thing open.

Thanks again

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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby lg260ss » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:46 am

On the 28 Express there are jumper posts near the battery switch. If you have them you can hook a 12 volt supply to them and open the hatch. You can also plug a 12 volt supply into an accessory plug and that will also allow you to open the hatch.
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby gofast24 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:39 am

Chris_in_Texas wrote:Yes my 3060 hatch was a bear for sure, and that was already open I just needed it open farther so I could temp remove the ram. That sucker was a ton for even two people. I can't imagine the 35SC with the seat and the wider beam.

Yes, we had to manually open the engine room hatch "once" by hand on our 4160. Never again! Could of used a slip boat haul out hoist (which we dont have here) to do it. To the OP, get your batteries back in, the season for you guys is starting now anyway? Just remember to turn the main battery switch(s) off after you are done.
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby Bt Doctur » Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:16 pm

The best thing you can do is wire a new feed to the motor or the solenoids and install the same plug found on auto wreckers in a convenient location
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby Chris_in_Texas » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:04 pm

There are terminals to use a temp battery right in the cockpit at the end of the bench L by the subwoofer. Open the small cover and there are the battery terminals. As long as the battery terminals inside the boat aren't shorted together you will be good to go. ;) Then raise the hatch using the swtich.
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby xixp » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:25 pm

Mine doesnt even have the hatch to remove the pin so the actuator is the only way to go...
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby Chris_in_Texas » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:36 pm

There is no hidden hatch anywhere? Mine is under the rear part of the sunpad that opens up. If you have the sliding rear seat maybe that seat has to be in a specific position to see it? Not sure. There has to be a manual way somewhere, as the rams do fail. I had one fail on me already prior to taking ownership of the boat and it had to be replaced. You would be in a very bad way if you can't get into it manually.
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby bornerm » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:50 am

You can remove the ice chest insert and if you're small enough you can crawl down through the opening that removal creates. My 2015 35SC had the terminals previously mentioned, double check.
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby PowerOfTwo » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:00 am

On the 35SC, there's an access port underneath the transom side of the rear seat - just lift the cushion up and you'll see a white cover. pull the pin and then get a few friends to help you open the hatch. Make sure you have something to prop it up with.

If the hatch won't open because your battery is dead - there are jumper ports behind a plate on the seat unit at the helm, by the subwoofer, or the other side of the battery switches. Just hook a charger into them and you should be able to activate the hatch ram.

All this is in your owners manual.
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby PowerOfTwo » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:01 am

xixp wrote:Mine doesnt even have the hatch to remove the pin so the actuator is the only way to go...


It's not a hatch - it's an 8" round access cover. It's easily missed. Open the rear seat from the transom or pull the cushion from inside and you'll see it.
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby xixp » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:51 pm

I asked about that opening as soon as i got the boat and dealer told me there is no access port due to the sliding bench seat.
Good point about removing the ice chest compartement; i will take a look at it next time im on the boat.
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby gofast24 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:58 am

ajost wrote:ALCON,

Thanks for the information. Yeah, batteries are not back in it yet. I didn't know that hatch was so heavy.

I'll have them put the batteries back in so I can get that thing open.

Thanks again

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Allen

Just wondering, you indicated the batteries are not back in yet, what did you do after taking them out to close the engine room cover or did you use a access port as several variations are indicated by other posters?
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby Chris_in_Texas » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:05 pm

xixp wrote:I asked about that opening as soon as i got the boat and dealer told me there is no access port due to the sliding bench seat.
Good point about removing the ice chest compartement; i will take a look at it next time im on the boat.


Holy crap they removed the ability to open it manually. I hate to be you when that jack screw dies. There has to be a way in, to access the pull pin. They could have put two access panels in, one in the sliding bench and one in the deck lid itself and then you simply line them up to access the lower hatch cover. If its not that way, I sure would do something like that. Other then trying to get a rod in there to try and pull the pin through the cooler holder I guess, but that could get ugly as well. :shock:
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby PipeDreams » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:22 pm

A sad as it sounds, when I bought my used 3260, it had a block and tackle in the cockpit storage for use in opening the hatch. Previous owner must have attached it to the radar arch, and the hatch, pulled the pin, and hauled it up. Dangerous and hard on the arch I suspect. :o
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby gofast24 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:56 am

PipeDreams wrote:A sad as it sounds, when I bought my used 3260, it had a block and tackle in the cockpit storage for use in opening the hatch. Previous owner must have attached it to the radar arch, and the hatch, pulled the pin, and hauled it up. Dangerous and hard on the arch I suspect. :o

And you found this out after buying the vessel? No survey, engine room inspection, etc.? I spent $600 on a full survey and glad I did. Only major problem was a damaged port prop and minor gen set problems. Still waiting for my son to have boat pulled out to dry dock, prop removed, repaired, and replaced! We tried to have a diver pull the prop at the dock, he couldnt get the prop nut off so no repair as of this date!
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Re: Manual Hatch opening

Postby PipeDreams » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:28 pm

Yes I had a survey done, and the hatch was working properly. I found the block and tackle later, in a storage compartment, and determined just what it was used for. Maybe the PO killed the batteries out on the water sometime, and determined later, a brute force fix. One can purchase from auto supply stores, or Amazon, remote battery terminals which could be mounted and wired to provide for emergency power to the house battery, in order to operate the hatch. :D
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