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Install access hatch in seat

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  1. Marty

    Marty

    Joined Aug 15, 2016
    15 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 170
    US Rochester, Mn Rochester, Mn
    I would like to install a watertight access hatch on the vertical side of a seat.
    What am I going to run in to once I cut the plastic surface ? Are the seats filled with foam ? If I remove some of the foam to make room for a battery am I going to create a structural problem ?
     


  2. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    2,931 posts, 547 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Marty. Batteries should be placed as low and near the center line as is practically possible in your boat.
     


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  3. jon hansen

    jon hansen

    Joined May 25, 2012
    442 posts, 111 likes
    john alden caravelle 42
    us toledo ohio-----sturgeon bay wis sturgeon bay, wis
  4. Marty

    Marty

    Joined Aug 15, 2016
    15 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 170
    US Rochester, Mn Rochester, Mn
    Mounting that battery under my butt still won't add enough weight to counterbalance my crew on the other side of the boat.
    Any insight on the questions I posed?
     


  5. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    2,931 posts, 547 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Sorry I do not know the boats design well enough to comment. Take pictures may then be able to offer suggestions.
    Maybe send the question PM to Crazy Dave on the forum. He is the wizard with Hunter boats. Also maybe better to post the query on the Hunter forum instead of the daysailer.
     


  6. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    2,931 posts, 547 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    That is "Crazy Dave Condon".
     


  7. Marty

    Marty

    Joined Aug 15, 2016
    15 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 170
    US Rochester, Mn Rochester, Mn
    Not sure how to get a hold of Crazy Dave
     


  8. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    5,573 posts, 310 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    Marty;
    Here I am. what size battery are you talking about and what do you want ot do with it?
    crazy dave
     


  9. Marty

    Marty

    Joined Aug 15, 2016
    15 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 170
    US Rochester, Mn Rochester, Mn
    Took a chance and tore into it a couple days ago.
    I cut a hole in the face of the seat for a hatch. Found about an inch of foam behind the plastic skin. Cut real easy with a jig saw.
    Am constructing a mount for a W/M U1 Gel cell mated with a 4amp onboard charger and it looks like I can arrange a significant amount of storage in the process.
    Picked up a Minnkota 55. Altogether it should be much less weight than the 2.5 hp gas motor I'm replacing.
    I expect to have right at $500 in the project, about 1/2 of what that gas outboard cost.
    I found that 2.5hp was too much power for my taste on the 17'
     


  10. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    5,573 posts, 310 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    Take a photo and post it or send it to me as I use to do it all the time for my customers.
     


  11. Marty

    Marty

    Joined Aug 15, 2016
    15 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 170
    US Rochester, Mn Rochester, Mn
    What's your email ?
     


  12. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    5,573 posts, 310 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    Use the forum email. I have always advised to do that vs. on this site for safety reasons. Go to the upper right of the page and click onto your name. Another page will come up and click on private messages. You will get another page and click on where to send a private message. Simple and easy. put in Crazy Dave
     


  13. ColumbiaRiverDoug

    ColumbiaRiverDoug

    Joined Dec 5, 2016
    9 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 140
    US Scappoose, Oregon Scappoose, Or
    I'd really like to see your pictures...I've been thinking about stowing the battery for my Minnkota too. One of these days I'll loose it and I'd really like to keep the battery in the boat instead of taking it in and out.

    Thanks! Dogu
     


  14. Marty

    Marty

    Joined Aug 15, 2016
    15 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 170
    US Rochester, Mn Rochester, Mn
    Not sure the best way to send them.
    How bout send me a text and I'll text em back
    507-261-3006
     



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