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    I ran out of time and had someone finish my hatch project inspired by RC65. I got the bench seats from the owner of a 26 on Long Island. I replaced all the wood with Azec and installed new hinges. Seat unfolds aft but there are no supports yet. Hatch was raised almost 8" and is a perfect height. Can lean on seats like a leaning post or sit and see over windshield. Height also makes it easier walking around because seats overhang hatch. Just bulky trying to get to engine but doable.

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    '78 20ft Cuddy
    Mercruiser 350 FWC preVortec w/Carb

  • #2
    Looks great Ed!
    78 20' cuddy
    2004 pcm 351 HO FWC
    BW 1:1


    • #3
      Nice work.

      regards Holty


      • #4
        Nicely done! And I like the improved functionality for you. We all use our boats a bit differently so tweaking is a good thing. ☘☘☘
        Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
        1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
        1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
        3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...


        • #5
          So 2 years later the finish was always sloppy on the hatch and driving me nuts. So I faired the fiberglass topped with gelcoat and re-gelcoatd. First time working with gelcoat. I think I did OK. I also added Soundown and boy what a difference. About a 50% reduction I figure. Really nice at lower speeds in the harbor.
          '78 20ft Cuddy
          Mercruiser 350 FWC preVortec w/Carb


          • #6
            Nice work. Have you retired or something? What's with getting all this work done on the boat?
            1980 pilot house 351
            1988 260 predator 408


            • #7
              Ha! I know. Helps being home every night for 2 years now. Off this week for first time in 3 years. So just launching boat for season now. Weather crappy here anyway. Not much sun this year
              '78 20ft Cuddy
              Mercruiser 350 FWC preVortec w/Carb