With the hatch parts and portholes back from the paint shop, I put the hatch back together.
Originally, Chris Craft didn’t even prime these hatches on the interior surfaces. Corrosion between the cast aluminum and stainless screws made it very difficult to disassemble. I don’t plan on ever taking this hatch apart again, but the Tefgel should help keep corrosion from starting under the paint. It’ll also make it easier for the next owner when it comes time to paint the boat again.
Little silicone pads that came with the aft deck glass worked well to protect the paint from the Channel Lock pliers I used to drive the pins home.
I’ve had several Chris Craft cruisers, all of which came with the same cast aluminum hatch, and the vent was stuck open on every one of them. In addition to painting the entire hatch, including all contact surfaces, I’m also going to try putting Slick Strip (adhesive-backed UHMW plastic) on all sliding surfaces. Hopefully, the vent will work for as long as we own the boat.
I plan to replace the original white glass with grey tinted to match the other windows and portholes. I’ll order all of the glass at the same time, but I’m not quite ready to place the order. I won’t know the final size or shape of the helm side windows until the helm windshield is installed. That’s coming along, but I’m having…issues.