creating an inspection hatch

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09 Jul 2007 16:29 #19978 by Patrick
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Hi

I need to cut an inspection hole into the rear Buoyancy tank on my Mirro r. What tool do I use to do this. Is it a drill attachment??

Patrick

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09 Jul 2007 17:35 #15246 by Paul Hansen
Patrick you will need a drill and a jigsaw ideally, as well as a rasp. Drill a large hole, then use a jigsaw with a special blade for cutting worktops etc, this blade reduces splintering and is available at B&Q. Try to cut the hole slightly under size as you can finish it of with a rasp to get a nice fit.

If you do not have a jigsaw you can drill holes all the way round very close together then use a stanley knife to cut between the holes, finishing off with a rasp.

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09 Jul 2007 22:23 #15249 by flyingpig
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You could invest in an adjustable hole cutting attachment for an electric drill. I bought one quite cheap (and fairly nasty). It has a chunky drill bit which makes a central hole then a crossbar with 2 adjustable cutters which slide along to give the required radius each side. Worth testing it out on a piece of scrap first to make sure you have the hole diameter set just right. If you have a strong, steady hand and nerves of steel it works quite well and the resulting hole needs minimal tidying up. It is easier on a horizontal surface than a vertical one.

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12 Jul 2007 19:44 #15281 by jclark91
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You can get a padsaw type blade for a Stanley knife. (this is a thin saw blade with a free end) I drew a circle to suit the plastic hatch fitting using a compass, then drilled a 6mm hole just inside the circle and sawed round the circle (carefully). The plywood is thin and easily sawn by hand

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03 Sep 2007 14:51 #15550 by Richard Larson
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The best way I've found to cut holes for inspection port hatches is to use the circle cutting attachment on the Dremel rotary tool. It's quick, simple & yields a very clean cut:
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-Richard Larson (70369/26688)



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04 Sep 2007 12:00 #15552 by david1
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An inspection hatch seems a good idea. You can check for leaks. Where can you buy a hatch.
Hi

I need to cut an inspection hole into the rear Buoyancy tank on my Mirro r. What tool do I use to do this. Is it a drill attachment??

Patrick

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04 Sep 2007 16:01 #15553 by Roger Clark
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David1

You can buy them from any good chandler or online ( www.trident-uk.comor or www.pinbax.com or www.coatesmarine.demon.co.uk/mircat.html ).

I would recommend using the 6" diameter hatches as they allow better access - very useful if you have to do any repairs.

Roger
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05 Sep 2007 19:48 #15564 by Richard Larson
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David1: If you are using a Dremel tool to cut the hatch holes, then this is the attachment that does the trick:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HI ... B00005S7TC

This is from the US Amazon site. I'm sure you can find this in the UK too.
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19 Sep 2010 19:47 #20834 by bobr
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Hi
I Need to fit inspection hatches to carry out a repair to my Boat. When it recently blew over it fell onto the trolley ,making a 4 inch split into the wood under the side tank.I need access and it seems the best from this post are 6 inch. It may seem obvious,but where exactly in the side and if required the rear tanks do i fit them?
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19 Sep 2010 20:27 #20835 by Paul Hansen
Hi Bob

There are no actual rules and boats have them in different places. The most common is to put them half way along the tank in the cockpit as this allows you to reach most places in the tank, some people put them where they need to make a repair if there is no inspection hatch already. Try to avoid putting it on the deck as you are inviting problems if the water seeps under the bottom ring in time an causes rot. :(

To create a water tight fit we smeared a little epoxy on the ring and also in the holes where the screws go in, just smear a little vaseline on the screws before screwing them in so that they can always be removed :)

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Paul

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20 Sep 2010 17:14 #20836 by bobr
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Hi Paul,

Thanks for the swift response. I guessed it would probably be directly under the thwart, but was,nt sure if there any rules that apply.I currently have the little 'bungs' , that were fiited from new 20+ year ago by Bell.Is directly above these, as they are the lowest point acceptable. Do you agree the 6 inch are the best?

Thanks again

Bob

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21 Sep 2010 09:11 #20837 by Bob Towler
Hi Bob
As Paul said, were ever is most convienient for you to do your repair, bearing in mind future work. Below the thwart is acceptable as long as you can get your arm in and preferably be able to see a little of what you are trying to repair.

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21 Sep 2010 20:40 #20839 by bobr
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Hi Bob

Thanks. The damage i have is quite central, so under the thwart, near the existing 'drain' sounds good.I believe i can effect a reasonable repair from the outside of the hull, but i am concerned about any invisible damage that may take in water. If i fit the hatches i will be able to stick a torch in and have a look see. And if required stick some SP and if required some tape or wood patch.

Thanks for all the help

Bob R
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21 Sep 2010 23:00 #20840 by Paul Hansen
Hi Bob

You do not need to go for a low point as the drain holes are still used for normal draining, taking into account what Bob Towler said about repair area etc. I would go just behind the thwart and half way up the side of the tank as it will be easier to to get your arm in to enable repairs.

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22 Sep 2010 19:14 #20841 by bobr
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Hi

Thanks for the advice. Sounds sensible to me.

Bob

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