Marine Hatch Lifters
Marine hatch lifters are electromechanical products, specially designed for marine use on pleasure boats. They allow full or partial opening and closing of heavy engine hatches, peak tanks, hatch beams etc. By activating a switch, it is possible to lift the hatch to any desired position from closed to full open; an internal self- locking mechanism will maintain the position preventing any accidental hatch closing. In case of a power failure an emergency device allows for manual opening.
Linear actuators are hi-tech electric devices able to convert rotational motion in low voltage DC motors into linear push/pull movement. Electric actuators are the perfect solution when you need simple, safe and clean movement with accurate and smooth motion control. Talk to Sydney Marine Electrical about a repair, service or a new installation of marine hatch lifters or linear actuator.
Electrically powered struts suit many different applications in addition to lifting engine covers and hatches. These days struts are being used to lift tables and steer consoles, to slide open roofs, as well as to hide barbecues and TVs after use. You can see them converting beds at the touch of a switch, and even sliding security bars into position behind exposed windows.
What to look for
Want to make sure your new boat’s hatches open easily and reliably? Look for these key details.
Electric or electrohydraulic lifters make hatch raising easy. But they’re more complex, so mechanical and/or wiring issues can crop up. Gas-assist struts are simple and reliable as long as they’re properly installed. Stainless steel trumps all other construction materials when it comes to durability and corrosion resistance.
Some boats are fitted with undersize hatch lift components, leading to early failure. Lifters are rated by how many pounds they can push. You want them overrated.
A fail-safe way to get into the engine compartment is a must. Many well-designed units have a pull-pin that you can remove should the lifter fail. Beware of models without any form of quick release.
No matter what sort of engine hatch lifter your boat has, a backup strut is always a good thing. If the main support fails while that hatch is open and you’re inside, the results could be disastrous.