Merlin main hatch security

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Merlin main hatch security

Post by Alastair Miller » Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:01 pm

I have a problem with my Merlin's main hatch which would not slide shut. An inspection shows a simple mechanism in 2 parts: a small rubber block at each side presumably acting as a stop; and just inside of that a small piece of metal with a piece of wood attached which appears to be there to ensure the hatch cannot be lifted within the track when closed - likely to ensure the washboard lock stays in the slot on the hatch. Inspection shows the rubber had given way and the metal pieces were badly bent preventing the perspex hatch from moving in either direction. So while I can now get inside there is only a pice of wood wedged in the slide holding it shut

This appears to be pretty lightweight security - has anyone had a look at this and thought about improving it ? I can accept there is no point in overdoing this as a boat will always be vulnerable but it seems to me some improvement could be made to deter the casual thief

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Re: Merlin main hatch security

Post by philipstevens » Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:34 pm

This is the extra hatch security I fitted to our previous Konsort. Would it fit your boat?
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Re: Merlin main hatch security

Post by Nigel Birch » Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:06 pm

I've just installed something that I got from the Retreat Boatyard for £20 knocked down from £128. Obviously been kicking around in their display cabinet for years gathering dust. There is one left.

Basically it's a hollow vertical aluminium tube that has a couple of horizontal arms that engage with fixings on the back of the washboards so that the washboards can't be removed while the tube is in place. A whole is drilled in the hatch so that a long pin can engage with the tube. The long pin is has a lock on it which engages with a female part on the hatch which is attached by the reverse side of the hatch. It's made by Stazo in the Netherlands, although they don't appear to make them any more.

It looks chunky and impressive and a good deterrent I think.

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Re: Merlin main hatch security

Post by BarryandLinda » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:01 am

We have installed the same lock as Nigel...it's a little fiddly to instal but is a significant deterrent. They used to be called 'Moody locks'...it may be worth speaking to someone at Swanwick Marina ( where they used to make/sell Moodys ) who may still have one or two arround.
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Re: Merlin main hatch security

Post by Jolly Roger » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:31 pm

When looking for a Fulmar I did see one that had a very strong hatch security. There was a folded stainless steel plate that used the harness fixing points and another one fixed across the sliding hatch. It dropped over the loops and then had 3 padlocks. Sorry I do not have a photo of the arrangement, but might try and get one manufactured for my Fulmar.
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