Companionway Hatch Lock?

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  1. Dgsteiner


    Joined Jun 10, 2013
    3 posts, 0 likes
    S2 Yachts 7.3
    US Milwaukee
    I just bought a 7.3 and am looking to install a lock on the companionway hatch. Has anyone else done this? What the best way to do it? Any special tips given the unique material used for the hatch? Thanks!

  2. caguy


    Joined Sep 22, 2006
    4,001 posts, 22 likes
    Catalina, Luger C-27, Adventure 30
    US Marina del Rey
    I'm happy with the way this turned out. The hasp stays with the hatch board so there is nothing to hit your head on when entering the cabin. I could have used a regular hasp and padlock but I was always losing the darn thing. It kept hiding out with the swim noodles.


  3. Joe


    Joined Jun 1, 2004
    6,690 posts, 439 likes
    Catalina 27
    US Mission Bay, San Diego
    Ditto on Caguy's post.... the hasp part is fixed to the top board. I have a padlock on mine... incase I lose the key I can use the marina's big ass bolt cutter to remove it without damaging the precious hatchboard.

    In some instances you might feel the need to lock yourself in... or lock the board in place so they won't fall out in rough weather... so one solution is a series of sliding bolt latches... for the top sliding hatch, and for each hatch board.. If I were going offshore I would want to be able to lock the hatchboards in case of a knockdown......

  4. McIntoshUSA


    Joined Jun 5, 2014
    209 posts, 1 likes
    Capital Yacths Newport MKIII 30
    US Punta Gorda, Fl
    This is the lock that was on our boat when we bought it. It seems to work just fine. SS clasp and lock.

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  5. WRobRich


    Joined Sep 17, 2017
    14 posts, 0 likes
    Pearson 28-2
    Un washington nc
    I mortised in a brass cabinet lock, into the top edge of the top c'way drop board. Its latching part goes into a mortise cut into the lower edge of the acrylic c'way slide.
    Kind of amazing how a poster asks a question about a specific boat and others reply about some other boat. Sometimes helpful but in this case definitely not.

  6. Alansails


    Joined Oct 3, 2011
    649 posts, 113 likes
    Anam Cara Catalina 310 Hull #155
    US Lake Erie/Catawba Island
    Just a thought, instead of a key lock and bolt cutters as an access in case of lost key, how about a combination lock?

  7. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,653 posts, 1,202 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    That's our go to setup. One less thing to lose or forget at home.
    Now there are Bluetooth and fingerprint activated padlocks!

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  8. nat55


    Joined Feb 11, 2017
    177 posts, 174 likes
    Gulfstar 1979 Gulfstar 37
    Justin, what happens if the lock runs out of power?

  9. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,653 posts, 1,202 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    That's a real concern. They say they come with a cable to give it enough power to open it. Maybe it attaches to your smartphone or a battery pack or something. Tons of them on Amazon.

  10. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,919 posts, 225 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    Dont lock yourself in..just in case you have to evacuate immediately...

  11. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,335 posts, 4,159 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    That makes sense. You need to be able to escape.
    But how do you keep pirates out?

  12. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    2,342 posts, 547 likes
    Catalina 30 Mk II
    US Barnegat, NJ
    Resettable combination lock works well for us. Master Lock 175LHSS has a 2” shackle, brass body with SS shackle. Pricey but ours has been in the salt air for about 5 years and still going strong.

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