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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:58 am 
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This question is probably best directed to Matt, unless someone else has done this retrofit.

I have a Bravo, 2004 I think, with the old-style hatches with the removable lids. They seem to leak some despite cleaning and lubing the seals, so I'm considering replacing them. The question is, will the newer style twist-and-seal hatches directly replace the old 6" and 8" hatches without modification? In other words, will the mounting hole pattern line up?

By the way, how can I tell for sure what year model my boat is? I seem to have read that the last two digits of the serial number indicate the year. Is this correct?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:09 am 
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The 6" is a match for the old Viking hatch hole pattern. The 8" requires 2 extra screws.

Get the hatch "retro kits". That includes mounting gaskets and the screws needed on the 8".

71701001 HATCH 6" TWIST-N-SEAL RETRO
Hatch and gasket kit
Retro fit for Viking "T" handle hatches

71702001 HATCH 8" TWIST-N-SEAL RETRO
Hatch, Gasket and (2) screws
Retrofit for Viking "T" handle hatches

Serial number decoding: http://www.hobiecat.com/support/articles/archive/?src=http://2010.archive.hobiecat.com/support/warranty/sailserial.html

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