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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?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:09 am 
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Location: Oceanside, California
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".

Hatch and gasket kit
Retro fit for Viking "T" handle hatches

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

Matt Miller
Director of Parts and Accessory Sales
Warranty and Technical Support
Hobie Cat USA

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